Dennis M. Garvis Professor of Business Administration

Dennis M. Garvis

Huntley 308
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Garvis joined the W&L faculty in August 1998. He served as the Business Administration Department Head from 2006 to 2012, and as Ehrick Kilner Haight, Sr. Term Professor from 2009 to 2012. His prior professional experience includes the practice of law in the areas of business failure and corporate bankruptcy.

Research by Professor Garvis has focused in several areas. One broad stream of work has pursued questions where law and organizational issues intersect. This is represented by his work on entrepreneurial collaborations in new product development joint ventures, as well as his corporate governance research into both publicly held companies and social enterprises. Another stream of research has explored learning and teaching with a variety of instructional technologies. Here he has empirically examined patterns of online learning styles as well as explored lessons learned in teaching applied statistics. As a graduate student in the Robinson College of Business, Professor Garvis was awarded the Suojanen Research Excellence Award. He has also received research and service awards from the North American Management Society and the Academy of Management. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Professor Garvis has been active in a variety of community activities, including service with the United Way, Trinity United Methodist Church, Cub Scouts, Lexington Rotary Club, and Lexington Lacrosse. He lives with his wife, Natalie, in Lexington.


Ph.D. in Management, Georgia State University (2000)

J.D., University of Iowa, (1985, with Distinction)

B.B.A., University of Iowa (1982)


Law and Organizations; Teaching with Instructional Technologies


Applied Statistics (Interdepartmental 202), Management & Organizational Behavior (Business Administration 217), International Operations and Production Management (Business Administration 333), and Strategic Management (Business Administration 398).