Daniel J. Beal has been appointed an associate professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

Beal is one of nine new faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring tenured and tenure-track faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and international programs.

Beal received a Ph.D. in psychological science from Tulane University in 2000. He received a master’s degree in psychological science, also from Tulane, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University.

After a post-doctoral position at Purdue University, Beal joined Rice University as an assistant professor and was later promoted to associate professor. In 2011, he moved to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Although his graduate training is in experimental social psychology with an emphasis on quantitative methods, Beal transitioned early in his career to the field of industrial/organizational psychology.

His research has focused on affective or emotional events and their impact on employees and organizations — particularly how the experience and expression of emotions at work translate into worker well-being, stress and fatigue, and performance.

Some of his research has examined the influence of small events, such as completing onerous chores or engaging in enjoyable tasks. Other research has emphasized more significant events, such as the effects of abusive supervision or experiencing a natural disaster.

Beal is a co-investigator on a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the role of mentoring in scientist development. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Management.