Cindy P. Zapata

Associate Professor


Cindy P. Zapata is an associate professor at the Mays Business School. She was at the Georgia Institute of Technology prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M. She received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and earned her B. S. in Psychology from the University of Florida.

Her research interests include individual differences, as well as organizational justice and trust, particularly in the context of supervisor-employee relationships. As most leaders know, in spite of their best efforts, a disconnect often exists between leader behaviors and employee perceptions of those same behaviors. Because of the importance of leader-direct report relationships (and their impact on performance and turnover), Professor Zapata aims to help understand that divide by studying factors that exacerbate or minimize this disconnect.

She is passionate about teaching students evidence-based, best practices in management. She has taught several courses at various levels (e.g., Ph.D., PMBA, MBA, Executives, etc.). Currently, she teaches decision-making, leadership and change management (mergers and acquisitions), talent management, and research methods.

Dr. Zapata has been awarded an outstanding reviewer award from the Academy of Management Journal (2012, 2017) as well as a best field-based paper award from the Academy of Management’s Conflict Management Division (2010) and was nominated for a Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society Conference (2018). She is a highly cited scholar with publications in several top Management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, among others.

Research Interests

Organizational justice, trust, supervisor-employee relationships, personality and individual differences