Linda M.L. Peters

Adjunct Professor


Phone: (413) 535-9978 (cell/text)



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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

M.B.A., Western New England College

B.B.A., American International College

Teaching Interests:

Organizational Behavior, Management, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Negotiations, Real Estate Investments


Research Interests:

Primary research interest focuses on the concept of virtuality.  Specifically, examining virtual team composition and dynamics, issues of trust building, collaboration, shared understanding, developing relationships, and how to enhance virtual team effectiveness.


Secondary research interests include E-learning and E-teaching.  Specifically, examining teaching styles used on-line and how these affect individual learners as well as virtual teams.

Selected Publications: 

Shmerling, S. & Peters, L.M.L. 2012.  Virtual Teaming in Online Education: Does It Work?  In Wang, S. and Harrison, Y. (Eds.), Cases on Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal Online Learning: Opportunities and Practices.  IGI Global Publishing.  Pgs. 1-18.


Peters, L., Shmerling, S., & Karren, R.  2011. Constructivist Pedagogy in Asynchronous Online Education: Examining Proactive Behavior and the Impact on Student Engagement Levels.  International Journal on E-Learning, 10(3): 311-330. 


Miller, J.K., Farmer, K.P., Miller, D.J. & Peters, L.M. (2010).  Panacea or snake oil?  Interest-based bargaining in the U.S. airline and rail industries.  Negotiation Journal. 26(2): 177-201.


Peters, L. 2010. Self-leadership: A Critical Component for Virtual Teamwork.  Excerpt in Neck, C.P. & Manz, C.C. Mastering, Self-leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence (5th Ed.), Prentice Hall, pp. 91-92.


Peters, L. & Karren, R. 2009.  An Examination of the Roles of Trust and Functional Diversity on Virtual Team Performance Ratings.  Group & Organization Management Journal. 34(4): 479-504.  DOI: 10.1177/1059601107312170.


Peters, L. & Manz, C.C. 2008.  Getting Virtual Teams Right the First Time: Keys to Successful Collaboration in the Virtual World.  In Nemiro, J., Beyerlein, M., Beyerlein, S., and Bradley, L. (Eds.).  The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams: A Toolkit for Collaborating Across Boundaries.  Jossey-Bass Publishers.  Pgs. 131-152.


Peters, L. & Manz, C.C. 2007.  Identifying Antecedents of Virtual Team Collaboration.  Team Performance Management Journal, 13(3/4): 117-129.

Academic and Professional Activities:

Partner in Aspen Square Management - a national real estate investment company specializing in the rehabilitation and management of apartment communities throughout the U.S.


Serve on Board of Directors - Colony Hills Capital (a national real estate investment firm based out of Wilbraham, Massachusetts)


Serve on the Editorial Board for the Small Group Research Journal


Serve on advisory board for the Entrepreneurship Initiatives - awards and recognition program for entrepreneurs funded by the Grinspoon Foundation


Member of River Valley Investors - angel investment organization that specializes in identifying new startup investment opportunities for companies with a patentable product.


Recipient of the 'Highly Commended Paper' by Emerald Literati Network's 2008 Awards for Excellence for the article entitled 'Identifying Antecedents of Virtual Team Collaboration, published in Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 2007.

Nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007 and 2008.