Rajashi Ghosh
Associate Professor
Adult Learning & Leadership (ALL), Department of Organization and Leadership
Teachers College, Columbia University

Related Research Interests

I am currently an Associate Professor of Adult Learning & Leadership (ALL) in the Department of Organization & Leadership in Teachers College, Columbia University.

My background is in adult learning and development. I teach, publish, and conduct research to promote continuous learning and development of adults in workplaces. Prior to entering academia, I worked as an Assistant Manager in Human Resources in a mid-size organization in India. My work experience in the areas of employee development inspired me to complete my doctorate in Human Resource Development (HRD) from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. I joined the HRD program in Drexel University’s School of Education as a tenure track faculty member in September 2009 and got tenured in September 2015. Since receiving tenure, I have served in significant leadership roles in Drexel University including Program Director for Ph.D in Education (2016-2019) and Department Chair for Policy, Organization, and Leadership (POL) department from 2019 to 2023. I also served as Provost Fellow at Drexel University and as the Drexel Solutions Institute Fellow.

My research aims to explore how different developmental initiatives (e.g., mentoring, coaching, leadership development) can facilitate workplace learning and development through building inclusive relational spaces and countering the prevalence of workplace incivility. My work is inter-disciplinary, as evidenced by the different awards I have received. Specifically, my dissertation was recognized by the 2010 Dissertation of the Year Award from the Workplace Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Educational Research Association (AERA) and my work applying adult development theory to leader development and mentoring was honored by the 2010 Best Paper Award in Management Education and Development division of Academy of Management (AOM). More recently, I have been recognized by the 2016 Early Career Scholar Award at the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), the 2015-16 Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholar Achievement from the Office of Provost at Drexel University, the 2018-19 Provost Fellowship at Drexel University, the 2020 Drexel Solutions Institute Fellowship with the Office of Provost, 2022 Mid-career Research Award from Drexel School of Education (SoE), the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Mid-Career Award (MCA) grant, and the 2022 AHRD Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award for my recently co-edited book, Connecting and Relating at Work: HRD Perspectives on Developmental Relationships.

Scholarly Interests

 My scholarly interests include developmental relationships, leader development, and workplace learning.


Ghosh, R., & Hutchins, H. (2022). Connecting and Relating – HRD Perspectives on Developmental Relationships. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers. (Winner of R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award)

Ghosh, R., & McLean, G. (2018). Indian women in Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.

Cho,Y., Ghosh R.., Sun,J.,& McLean, G. (2017).Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers.


Manongsong, A. M., & Ghosh, R. (2023). Living at the Intersections of Race and Gender in Diversified Mentoring: Experiences of Minoritized Women Leaders in Higher Education. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15234223231193317

Ghosh, R., & Chaudhuri, S. (2023). Immigrant academic mothers negotiating ideal worker and mother norms during the COVID-19 pandemic: Duoethnography as a co-mentoring tool for transformative learning. Management Learning, 54(2), 152-176.

Ghosh, R., Reio, T., & Manongsong, A. (2022). Incivility experienced by immigrants struggling with acculturation: Exploring buffering effects of holding behaviors by mentors. Career Development International, 27(4), 467-490.

Chaudhuri, S., Ghosh, R., & Park, S. (2022). The missing voices of learning and development professionals: Factors influencing formal and informal practices of reverse mentoring. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 34(4), 14-30.

Ghosh, R., & Nadkarni, S. (2022). Navigating tensions in rendering both career and psychosocial functions: An exploratory study of hybrid multiplex developmental relationships. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 33(1), 69-93.

Manongsong, A., & Ghosh, R. (2021). Developing the positive identity of minoritized women leaders in Higher Education: How can multiple and diverse developers help with overcoming the imposter phenomenon? Human Resource Development Review, 20(4), 436-485. (Finalist for 2022 Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award)

Ghosh, R., Hutchins, H., Rose, K., & Manongsong, A. (2020). Exploring mutuality in formal mentoring through the lens of mentoring schema: Lived experiences of faculty in diverse mentoring partnerships. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 31(3), 319-340. (Finalist for 2021 Richard A. Swanson Excellence Award).

Chaudhuri, S., Ghosh, R., & Abichandani, Y. (2020). Exploring the risky terrain of entrepreneurship with support from developmental relationships: Narratives from Indian women entrepreneurs. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(2), 137-149.

Ghosh, R., Callahan, J., & Hammrich, P. (2019). Supporting teachers who witness student bullying: (Re)shaping perceptions through peer coaching in action learning. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 9(1),87-102.

Terry, T., & Ghosh, R. (2015). Mentoring from different social spheres: How can multiple mentors help in Doctoral Student Success in Ed. D Programs? Mentoring &Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 23(3), 187-212.

Ghosh, R. (2014). Antecedents of mentoring: A Meta-analysis of individual, relational,and structural factors. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84(3), 367-384.

Maltbia, T. E., Marsick, V. J., & Ghosh, R. (2014). Executive and organizational coaching: A review of insights drawn from literature to inform HRD Practice. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 16(2), 161-183.

Ghosh, R., Haynes, R. K., & Kram, K. E. (2013). Developmental networks at work: Holding environment for leader development. Career Development International, 18(3), 232-256.

Ghosh, R., & Reio, T. Jr (2013). Career Benefits associated with Mentoring for Mentors: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83(1), 106-116.

Ghosh, R. (2013). Mentoring functions providing challenge and support: Integrating concepts from teacher mentoring in Education and Organizational Mentoring in Business. Human Resource Development Review, 12 (2), 144-176.

Chaudhuri, S., & Ghosh, R. (2012). Reverse Mentoring: A social exchange tool to keep the Boomers engaged and Millennials committed. Human Resource Development Review, 11(1),55-76. (Equal authorship) (2013 Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award).