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Master of Professional Studies in
Organization Development and Change


Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
MHA, Finance, Planning, Marketing, Ohio State University
B.S., Business Administration, HR and Production Management, Ohio State University

Dr. Catherine Baumgardner is a faculty member in Penn State’s School of Public Policy as well as the Workforce Education and Development program. She is also president of Catherine Baumgardner & Associates, Inc., a consulting practice specializing in leadership and organization development. An experienced health care executive, she has more than 30 years of operational and consulting experience. Dr. Baumgardner has worked with inpatient and outpatient hospital environments as well as physician practice management and long-term care. Her research interests include organization development, leadership development, and workforce engagement.

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.

Ed.D., Adult Learning and Leadership, Columbia University
M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
B.A., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clemson University

Dr. William Brendel brings over 20 years of experience as an organization development consultant, conducting culture transformation and leadership development interventions across the U.S., China, Africa, and India. His research centers on the role that mindfulness practice plays in supporting traits that are critical for modern leaders, including creativity, systems thinking, and resilience. He has created and is studying two learning innovations, which incorporate virtual reality and biofeedback technology to help adults practice real-time mindfulness for enhanced decision-making around complex organizational challenges.

M.Sc., Business Management, University of Southampton
M.Ed., Industrial Technology Education, National Taiwan Normal University
B.A., English Language and Literature, Fu Jen Catholic University

I-Ming Chen — certified college lecturer/instructor issued by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan and currently a Ph.D. student in the technology application and HRD department at National Taiwan Normal University — has served at multiple universities as a lecturer for a decade. He has worked as an organizational consultant specializing in international and cross-cultural HRD, OD&C, and language proficiency certification industries for public sectors. His research interests involve the integration of technology applications on HRD and OD&C issues.

Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Memphis
M.S.Ed., Biology Education, University of Central Arkansas
B.S., Biology, University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Roy B. Clariana is a professor of learning, design, and technology. He is an experienced researcher with deep practical experience in industry. He is widely recognized for work in developing new measures of knowledge structure to complement traditional test measures. As PI of a recent National Science Foundation project, his team applied knowledge structure measures to specify the fMRI neurocognitive signatures of naturalistic reading. He developed the online versions of LDT 415: Systematic Instructional Development and LDT 832: Designing e-Learning within Course Management Systems and teaches these courses regularly.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.Ed., Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State
B.S., Animal Science, Delaware Valley University

Dr. Susan E. Cromwell is a practitioner in the field of HR/OD/OCM in both the private and public sectors. She has extensive experience in talent management, organizational change management, leadership and management development, strategic planning, organizational development, and leading change in large-scale ERP implementations. Dr. Cromwell is certified as a Human Capital Strategist and in Prosci change management methodologies. She leads organizational change management for the finance and business division of Penn State.

Ph.D., Workforce Education, Penn State
M.A., Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., English, Seton Hill University

Dr. Maureen Dodson has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses at Penn State for more than 20 years. She teaches WFED 880: Facilitating Groups and Teams for Penn State World Campus. Dr. Dodson has spent her career helping organizations advance leadership skills, improve interpersonal communications, and create high-performing teams. Her expertise lies in DiSC®, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), team performance, and coaching. She is certified in a variety of 360 Instruments.

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, Penn State
MBA, Clarion University
B.S., Civil Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Wesley E. Donahue is the coordinator of the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change and an instructor of related courses and programs. An experienced researcher, developer, and leadership consultant, he has an extensive manufacturing, engineering, sales, and management background, having started and operated businesses for more than 30 years. Dr. Donahue is a registered professional engineer, six-sigma black belt, and author of a host of education and training materials.

Ph.D., Workforce Education, Penn State
M.Ed., Human Resource Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MBA, Human Resource Management, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
B.A., Sport Management, National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan

Dr. I-Pang Fu brings more than 10 years of experience as a learning design and technology consultant, leading multiple learning design efforts and online programs at WIDA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Penn State, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Fu is the lead learning designer in online programs at Penn State Law. He has implemented learning design in more than 100 virtual learning solutions and has supported more than 15,000 adult learners around the globe since 2011. Before joining Penn State Law, he was the senior information process consultant at WIDA, a faculty associate and program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the instructional designer at Penn State Smeal College of Business, and a web specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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, Penn State
MBA, Bryant University
B.S., Physical Oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy

Dr. John M. Kenny is an experienced researcher. He was an Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., and a Research Fellow for the Office of Naval Research. He was also a senior research engineer at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory. As a Penn State adjunct professor, he teaches Process Consultation. Dr. Kenny is a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and teaches Theater Security Decision-Making.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.Ed., HRD, Yonsei University, South Korea
B.A, Education, Yonsei University, South Korea

Dr. Taesung Kim has more than 10 years of experience as an internal manager and external consultant in the field of human resource development and management. He worked for KPMG Korea, a Korean member firm of the KPMG global network that provides audit and business advisory services, as a senior manager in the Learning and Development Center. He served simultaneously on the HR Steering Group, the Labor-Management Council, and the Promotion and Communication Steering Group.

Ph.D., Workforce Education, Penn State
M.S., Human Resources and Employment Relations, Penn State
M.S., International Studies, Yonsei University, South Korea
B.A., Language and Literature, Sungshin Women’s University, South Korea

Dr. Bora Kwon is an assistant professor of management at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. She was a human resource consultant at Willis Towers Watson, where she administered various human resources consulting projects. Dr. Kwon's scholarship focuses on international HRM, HR analytics, employee voice, work engagement, and work-family balance. Her work has been published in Human Resources Management, Human Resources Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Leadership & Organization Development Journal.

Ph.D., Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Penn State
MBA, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University

Dr. Dena Lang is associate director of Engineering Leadership Research. Her professional experiences and research interests range from facilities design to research that applied engineering and molecular biology approaches to study the skeletal response to mechanical loading. Additional research interests have included the investigation of relationships among the indoor environment, occupants, and energy usage. Dr. Lang's current research interests focus on identifying, assessing, and developing key skills, knowledge, and attitudes required for engineers to effectively lead others.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
MSIT, Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University
B.S., Business Administration, Bloomsburg University

Dr. Patricia Macko is an adjunct faculty member for Penn State World Campus as well as Workforce Education and Development programs. She is also president of the Macko Consulting Group, a consulting practice specializing in leadership and organization development. Dr. Macko is an experienced health care and financial industry practitioner. She has worked as an organization consultant for the past 10 years. Her research interests include organization development, leadership development, competency modeling, and talent development.

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., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
Ph.D., Business Administration - Organization and Human Resources, Sungkyunkwan University
MBA, Sungkyunkwan University
B.A., Business Administration, Sungkyunkwan University

Dr. Jong Gyu Park is an assistant professor of management at Penn State Altoona. He was a management consultant at Deloitte and Willis Towers Watson, where he managed and administered various human resources and strategic management consulting projects. His areas of interest and research include shared leadership, ethical leadership, and leadership development in the organization. He has published several articles in refereed journals, such as Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management Review, and Personnel Review.

Ed.D., Training and Development, Adult Ed., Organizational Development, Northern Illinois University
M.A., Communications, University of Illinois
B.A., Communications, Elmhurst College

Dr. Gerald Post specializes in adult learning, organizational development, and accelerated learning, and leadership programs for many organizations. He has published articles and a book, and has built several corporate universities. He has held positions of vice president, director of training, or project manager, as well as taught for various northern Illinois secondary education schools. Currently, Dr. Post consults and serves as a visiting professor for various colleges and universities, and has received the Top 125 Training national recognition.

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).

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.S., Higher Education, Kansas State University
B.S., Technical Education, Pittsburg State University

Dr. Mark Threeton is an associate professor of learning and performance systems and coordinator of career and technical teacher education within the workforce education and development program at Penn State. He consults, teaches, and conducts research in the areas of training and development, facilities management, occupational safety, and experiential learning to promote enhanced learning and skill development. His research has been published widely in scholarly research journals and books. He holds extensive credentials across education and training. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, he was a technical educator and professional in the field of automotive technology.

Ph.D., Workforce Education and Development, Penn State
M.A., Adult Continuing Education, Korea University
B.Ec., Food and Resource Economics, Korea University

Hyung Joon Yoon, SPHR, CCSP, has gained multinational experience in such countries as the United States, South Korea, and Morocco as a researcher-practitioner. His specialties include facilitating OD through career development, assessing individual and organizational strengths, and facilitating a participatory strategic planning process. He has presented his research findings more than 50 times in more than six countries, and he received the Individual Greatness Award (Franklin Covey Greatness Award) in recognition for the creation of measurable change in an organization in 2006.

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