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Bachelor of Arts in
Organizational Leadership


Leaders in their fields 

One of the primary reasons why Penn State is so highly regarded and immediately recognized around the world is the caliber of its faculty. Our professors and instructors are experts in their disciplines and fields of practice, and you'll benefit from their years of experience. Whether they are teaching online or in the classroom, they are dedicated to the highest standards of instruction.

The faculty also understand that you may have competing demands on your time — a full-time job or family responsibilities — and they can work with you to make sure you are getting the most from your Penn State education as you meet your other commitments, giving you the confidence you need to take the next step in life.

And you don't need to worry about office hours or scheduling appointments; you'll have many opportunities to interact with your instructors through email and chat rooms, and over the phone.

Penn State's faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts are committed to creating a first-class learning environment for their students, no matter where in the world they are.

Ph.D., Industrial Psychology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
B.S., Mathematics and Psychology, Fairfield University

Dr. Corrine Donovan is assistant dean of research and evaluation in the School of Education at Adelphi University. Prior to assuming that role in 2010, she served as the senior manager of leadership and management development at MetLife, Inc. She also worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts as manager of organizational culture and effectiveness, with responsibility for addressing global talent management issues, including the development of more than 20 mentoring programs worldwide.

Ph.D., Psychology, Penn State
M.S., Psychology, Penn State
MBA, Illinois State University
B.S., Public Relations, Penn State

Dr. Kayla Follmer is an assistant professor at the Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University. Prior to completing her graduate work in psychology, she served both as director of administration and director of member services for the Foodservice Consultants Society International.

Ph.D., Speech, University of Iowa
M.S., Speech, Illinois State University
B.S., Speech, Illinois State University

Dr. Dennis S. Gouran, a specialist in group communication, has received awards for scholarship, including the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association and Penn State's Faculty Scholar Medal for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of more than 100 books, articles, and reviews dealing with communication in groups.

Ph.D., Organization Development/Human Resource Management, Penn State
M.S., Nursing, Penn State
B.S., Nursing, Penn State

Dr. Maureen Connelly Jones brings 20 years of online and residential teaching experience in higher education and certificate and course development to her role as associate teaching professor in the Master of Health Administration and organization development/human resource management programs. She has 20 years of health care administration and clinical experience. Her research seeks to identify characteristics of health care executives by exploring their behaviors in crisis events. She teaches organizational behavior, project management, HR, change leadership, and capstone. She coordinates case competitions and serves as a Schreyer honor thesis advisor.

Read more about Dr. Maureen Connelly Jones

Ph.D., I/O Psychology, Saint Louis University
M.S., I/O Psychology, Saint Louis University
B.S., Business Administration, Fontbonne University

Dr. Allison Maurer has extensive experience in both the science and practice of management in the government (e.g., United States Secret Service and Department of Justice) and other business areas (e.g., Panera Bread, March of Dimes, and Badges for Vets). Her current research interests fall broadly into two categories: personnel selection and managerial decision-making. She has also taught a range of management courses at more than seven higher education institutions, including Penn State.

Ph.D., Instructional Systems, Penn State
M.Ed., Counselor Education, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, Indiana

Dr. Leonard Pollack has been committed to improving the performance of individuals and organizations throughout his career. He is a certified executive coach and has expertise in the areas of leadership, performance management, survey creation and administration, organizational development, group facilitation, change management, and strategic planning. Before joining Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, Dr. Pollack served as the director of the University's Human Resource Development Center and Strategic Services.

Ph.D., I/O Psychology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., I/O Psychology, New York University
B.A., Psychology, Castleton State University

Dr. Brian Redmond is an associate teacher professor in LER. He worked in several organizations (manufacturing, financial, education, management, and service) before deciding that education was his true calling. He still occasionally performs organizational consulting, specifically leadership assessment and online education. Dr. Redmond teaches and authors courses in leadership that span the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. He has been teaching online since 2004. He has published and presented research and applied solutions regarding online education since 2003.

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Capella University
M.S., Organizational Leadership, Geneva College
P.S., Human Resources, Geneva College

Dr. Sherron Sparks-Hain has more than 20 years of business consulting, coaching, and training experience. She is the founder and CEO of Sparks Business Institute and Sparks Business Services. This experience, along with her educational background, makes her especially effective in working with adult learners as well as entrepreneurs, executives, and their teams. She also engages in public speaking on business and women's issues.

Ph.D., Organizational Systems, Saybrook University 
M.S., Counseling and Human Development, University of Rochester 
B.A., Psychology/History, University of Rochester

Dr. Kim Trahan is an assistant teaching professor in organizational leadership. She has spent her career serving as an educator, administrator, career counselor, and consultant. Her work within universities has included teaching online undergraduate leadership courses and working as a career placement administrator, career programming administrator, and career counselor. Her human resources background includes serving as a training and development administrator. Dr. Trahan's interest is in emotional intelligence–based mindfulness approaches to help build leadership capacity.

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