Michael D. Hartline, Ph.D.

Michael D. Hartline, Ph.D.

Florida State University College of Business , Dean

Michael D. Hartline (Ph.D., University of Memphis) is Dean and Charles A. Bruning Professor of Business Administration in the College of Business at Florida State University.

Previously, he served as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Marketing. Prior to joining the FSU faculty in 2001, Dr. Hartline served on faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Louisiana State University, and Samford University. His MBA and B.S. degrees are from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Dr. Hartline primarily teaches graduate courses in Marketing Strategy and undergraduate courses in Services Marketing.

He has won many teaching and research awards and made many presentations to industry and academic audiences.

Dr. Hartline has also served as a consultant to several for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of marketing plan development, market feasibility analysis, customer satisfaction measurement, customer service training, and pricing policy. He currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Direct Selling Education Foundation and on the board of the Knight Creative Communities Initiative in Tallahassee, Florida. He has previously served on the executive committee of the Academy of Marketing Science, co-chaired two international conferences for the American Marketing Association, and has served on the editorial review boards of a number of leading marketing journals.

Dr. Hartline’s research addresses marketing implementation issues in service firms. Specifically, his work examines the role of customer-contact employees and workgroups in the effective delivery of quality service to customers. Dr. Hartline’s research appears in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Service Research, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Relationship Marketing, the Journal of Services Marketing, the Cornell Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic Marketing, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Marketing Science Institute Working Paper Series.

Dr. Hartline is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife Marsha live in Tallahassee with their three daughters Meghan, Madison, and Mallory. They have two dogs, Bella and Chief (both Japanese Chins), and two cats, Snickers and Sammie. Dr. Hartline is a self-professed electronics and gadget enthusiast who enjoys music, reading, computers, travel, college football (Go Seminoles!), and being a dad.