Brendan Boler

Brendan J. Boler

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Education & Training
PhD, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
MBA, Marketing Management and Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
BA, Government-International Relations, Georgetown University

Brendan Boler is Director of Career Services at the UVA Career Center and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to joining Batten in 2020, Boler served as a faculty member at McIntire School of Commence. His teaching and research focus on better understanding motivation, leadership and employee engagement. More specifically, he’s interested in the cognitive and social psychology behind effective decision making, experiential learning, predictive analytics, and talent assessment and selection. Much of his research is conducted within the context of employment assessments and interviews. 

An award-winning instructor while at McIntire, he taught courses related to management consulting, strategic thinking and leadership. Given his teaching and research interests, he’s also passionate about coaching students to achieve their peak levels of performance during high stakes employment assessments including:  Behavioral interviews, Case interviews, and Case competitions.

He previously served as an executive within Accenture's Customer Insight (Marketing Analytics) practice.  In this capacity, he led teams that helped brand managers, marketing executives and advertising agency representatives combine storytelling, predictive analytics, and technology to more effectively create, execute and measure strategic marketing campaigns.  His clients included AT&T, Cablevision, Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Company, Ogilvy & Mather, Verizon, and Young & Rubicam.

After college, Boler served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army. As an undergraduate at Georgetown University, he was a member of the Army ROTC program, captain of the varsity football team, and a walk-on member of the university’s first nationally ranked varsity lacrosse team.