|Alma mater||University of Nebraska, Memphis State University, Oklahoma State University|
|Occupation||Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management in the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University|
|Known for||creation of “managing diversity in the workplace" course|
Jeanine Rhea is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management in the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. Rhea taught at Oklahoma State from 1976 until 2004. With the money from an OSU grant, Rhea conducted research in the area of women in management and created a course out of her findings called "administrative strategies for women in business," which later became known as "managing diversity in the workplace." This course gained Rhea nationwide recognition and thousands of students have since participated in the course. In 2005, Rhea was inducted into the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame. Currently, Rhea works as a performance consultant for Greenwood Performance Systems.
Jeanine Rhea was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, a small town located 13 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska. For the first two years of her higher education, Rhea attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she met her husband Jim. The two were married at the end of their sophomore year and transferred to the University of Nebraska. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska in 1961. After their graduation the young couple moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska where she opened a dance studio. Jim decided he wanted to get a master's degree, so the couple moved to Lawrence, Kansas where Rhea began teaching high school in Kansas City, Kansas. Rhea and her husband then moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Rhea began to work on her master's degree. In 1969, she earned a master's degree from Memphis State University. After Jim finished his PhD from Ohio University, the young family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1970. Rhea began working on her doctorate degree upon moving there. In 1975, she received her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
Rhea was hired at Oklahoma State University after receiving her doctorate, where she began teaching business communications and methods. Around 1975, Rhea began teaching a class titled "women in business." Rhea later applied for an OSU Presidential Challenge Grant to do work in the area of women in business. Once she was awarded the grant, Rhea began a period of research that inspired the class "administrative strategies for women in business," later known as "managing diversity in the workplace." This course gained Rhea nationwide recognition and thousands of students have since participated in the course. Rhea continued teaching at Oklahoma State University until her retirement in 2004, gaining her Professor emeritus status with the University. Rhea is currently a Performance Consultant for her husband Jim's company, Greenwood Performance Systems, Inc.
Rhea has been involved in many organizations, including: