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Deborah S. Butler

Clinical Associate Professor    

Ph.D., (Counseling), Georgia State University
M.S., (Organizational Behavior), Georgia State University
M.Ed., (Curriculum and Instruction), Georgia State University
B.S., (Criminology), Florida State University


Organizational behavior
Coaching and leadership
Entrepreneurship executive leadership
Executive roundtables: HR and entrepreneurship


Professor Butler has been on the managerial sciences faculty since 1997. During that time, her teaching focus has been organizational behavior, organizational theory, and coaching for leadership.

Professor Butler is committed to bringing the world of business into the classroom. She regularly invites executives in to speak to her students, and she arranges to have her students spend time within an organization over the semester in order to explore how course concepts are applied in a working environment. Her international teaching experiences have been in Baku, Azerbaijan, Miaguez, Puerto Rico, Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt and Poznan, Poland where she delivers the executive MBA orientation program and two courses each year.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Butler directs and works with two of the six executive roundtables in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The Georgia State University Society of Entrepreneurs is an executive roundtable whose members lead growth stage companies based in Atlanta. Professor Butler participated in the founding and development of the roundtable in 1998, and she was responsible for the direction of the roundtable until December 2007.

In 2003, Professor Butler was asked to direct the HR Executive Roundtable. The HR Roundtable is a membership group of top Human Resource executives from major Atlanta companies. As director of this roundtable, Professor Butler is responsible for achieving the goal of helping members enhance their effectiveness in achieving their organizational goals.

In 2004, Dr. Butler assisted in creating an MBA Executive Speakers Series. In that initiative, she is responsible for bringing Atlanta’s Thought Leaders to the College for the purpose of a “learning dialogue.”

In 2006, Dr. Butler received the Service Award for the Robinson College of Business.