Dennis M. Garvis Professor of Business Administration

Dennis M. Garvis

Huntley 308
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Garvis joined the Williams School faculty in August 1998 and entered phased retirement in July 2020. He served as the Business Administration Department Head from 2006 to 2012, and as Ehrick Kilner Haight, Sr. Term Professor from 2009 to 2012. His previous professional experience includes the practice of law in the areas of business failure and corporate bankruptcy.

Professor Garvis has taught a wide variety of management and statistics courses since 1998. During this time, he implemented pedagogical innovations such as business strategy and leadership simulations, flipped classrooms, and adaptive learning techniques.

Research by Professor Garvis has focused in several areas. Most recently, he has gathered and created resources regarding Covid19 for use by instructors teaching undergraduate courses in Applied Statistics. Prior pedagogical research explored learning and teaching with instructional technologies. Much of his other scholarship pursued questions where law and organizational issues intersect, including work on entrepreneurial collaborations in new product development joint ventures, as well as corporate governance practices into both publicly held companies and social enterprises. As both a graduate student and active faculty member, Professor Garvis received awards for teaching, research, and service.

Outside the University, Professor Garvis has been active in many community activities, including service with CARE Rockbridge, the Rockbridge Community Symphony, United Way, Trinity United Methodist Church, Fine Arts in Rockbridge, Scouting (both boys and girls), RARO, and Lexington Lacrosse. He lives with his wife, Natalie, in Lexington.


Ph.D. in Management, Georgia State University (2000)

J.D., University of Iowa, (1985, with Distinction)

B.B.A., University of Iowa (1982)


Law and Organizations; Teaching with Instructional Technologies


Applied Statistics (Interdepartmental 202), Management & Organizational Behavior (Business Administration 217), International Operations and Production Management (Business Administration 333), and Strategic Management (Business Administration 398).