Dr. Rita Fields is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business at Madonna University. Dr. Fields has prior experience investigating novel community activities using qualitative research methods. Prior to academia, Dr. Fields worked at the senior executive level in the healthcare industry for 10 years and in corporate America for 17 years. Dr. Fields is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Management Advisory Board, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) and the Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit (HRAGD). She is a recent ex-President of the Marygrove College Alumni Board, a board member with South Oakland Shelter (SOS), a board advisor for the First Children Finance Fund, a member of the board for the Traveler’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Detroit, and was a member of the inaugural leadership team of Leadership NEXT. Crain’s Detroit Business named her among "40 Under 40" for 2008. In 2009, the Fusion division of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce honored her with a Young Professional in Health Care Services Horizon Award.