A native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Joy Karriker holds a Ph.D. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MBA from the James Madison University College of Business, and a BA in English and in Communication Arts from JMU. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked in various consultative, staff, and management roles with entities including the Marriott Corporation, A.N. Culbertson & Company, Inc., the University of Virginia Health Services Foundation, and the UVA Medical Center, and she was President of Niche, LLC, her own strategy consulting firm for start-up businesses.
Dr. Karriker is currently a tenured associate professor at ECU, where she is coordinator for the Strategic Management area. Her research appears in the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Education, the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and the Journal of Business Research, among others. She serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Group and Organization Management and the Journal of Management.