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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Roy B. Clariana is a professor in the Learning Design and Technology Program, part of the Department of Learning and Performance Systems. He has worked in the public and private sectors in a range of positions in training, manufacturing, and technology, for example as Training Director for the US Peace Corps in Kenya and Malawi, as a department manager for EG&G Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Manufacturing Facility in Denver Colorado, and as Director of international Operations in the U.K. for Jostens Learning Corporation in San Diego, CA. His research interests center around assessment and learning with technology. He is the author of about 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Ready to Learn More?
Get the resources you need to make informed decisions about your education. Request information on this program and other programs of interest by completing this form.