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Graduate Certificate in
Organization Development and Change Consulting Skills


The online courses in the Organization Development and Change Consulting Skills Graduate Certificate are taught by leading Penn State faculty who have extensive experience teaching in online educational environments and real-world work experience.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.Ed., Training and Development, Penn State
B.S., Human Resources Management, Penn State

Dr. Eric J. Bergstrom has taught undergraduate credit and noncredit business management courses as well as graduate training and development and organizational development courses. He has facilitated leadership development programs for organizations across a variety of industries focused on strategic planning processes, continuous improvement processes, human resource development, and organization development. His practical and research interests include individual career development, leadership competency modeling and development, human resource development, and organizational process improvement.

Ph.D., Organization Development, Penn State
M.B.A, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Advertising, Penn State

Dr. John Dolan has taught in the marketing and public relations disciplines for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education audiences for more than 15 years. His research interests during his organization development doctoral work explored the impact of social media — specifically Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn — on informal learning and the development of communities of practice in the workplace. He has been published in both the Encyclopedia of Human Resources Management and the Encyclopedia on Social Media and Politics.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.A., Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University

Dr. Shubha G. Kashyap is a higher education and organization development professional with extensive experience in change management, business coaching, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, process consultation, and facilitation. She is the director of online learning design & innovation for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Having worked at multiple universities, Dr. Kashyap’s drive for increasing access to education is eminent throughout her career. She has successfully launched several online degree programs designed for adult learners, specializes in program development for diverse learners, manages small- and large-scale strategic education initiatives, and is an advocate for first-generation college students and inclusive education practices. Her research interests are in the areas of coaching, managing institutional change, and examining facilitating and inhibiting factors for change management.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development (OD/HRD), Penn State
M.S., Criminal Justice, Boston University
B.S., Occupational Education, Human Services, Wayland Baptist University

Dr. Jennifer Siford-Myers is a practitioner in the field of HRD/OD in the public sector. She has also served as an instructor for the Professional Personnel Development Center at Penn State. Her research interests are employee engagement, organization development, process improvement, and data analysis. Dr. Silford-Myers is the author of multiple publications focused on organization development, employee engagement, and health care. A recent publication (2017) is Assessment and Diagnosis for Organization Development: Powerful Tools and Perspectives for the OD Practitioner.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.A., Ancient Greek History, Penn State
B.A., Classics, Penn State

Dr. Michele Newhard's teaching and research interests include appreciative inquiry, positive psychology and positive emotions, strengths philosophy, systems thinking, intergenerational communication, coaching, and team-building. She has developed and taught graduate courses in the basics of appreciative inquiry, appreciative inquiry coaching, and appreciative leadership. Dr. Newhard has published work on appreciative inquiry, succession planning, work-family balance, and job burnout. She is also a certified life and mentor coach, as well as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Ph.D., Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A.B.A., Business, Sangamon State University, Springfield, IL (now the University of Illinois at Springfield)
M.A., English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A., English, Illinois State University, Bloomington

Dr. William J. Rothwell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow, is professor of workplace learning and performance in the Workforce Education and Development Program, part of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, on the Penn State University Park campus. As one of the founders of the MPS in ODC program, he had many years of experience in OD before becoming a faculty member in 1993. His research interests center around organization development, talent management, and succession planning. He is the author of 110 books and more than 200 articles.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Human Resources and Organization Development, Penn State
M.S., Workforce Education and Development, Human Resources and Organization Development, Penn State
B.S., Marketing and International Business, Penn State

Dr. Angela L. M. Stopper is an instructor of workforce education and development for Penn State World Campus. She is an experienced workforce education practitioner and academic, having spent her 20+ years working in executive education and learning and development organizations. Currently, she is the Chief Learning Officer at University of California, Berkeley, and a frequent speaker with leading industry groups, including the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

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