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Bachelor of Arts in
Organizational Leadership

Faculty

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.

Lead Faculty

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.

Faculty

Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
MBA, Organizational Behavior, Westminster College

Dr. Carol Cameron has been a corporate leadership and organization development consultant for more than 20 years, working with a range of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups in industries that include health care, financial services, high tech, and more. She transitioned to the academic arena in 2012, joining Harvard University as an internal consultant and executive coach to its deans and department administrators, and leading curriculum design and facilitation efforts for executive education in Harvard's Center for Workplace Development.

Ph.D., Applied Psychology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.S., Applied Psychology, Shippensburg University
B.S., Biopsychology, Penn State

Dr. Michael Hamel has worked for more than a decade as an organizational consultant in both private and public industry, including the USAF, to evaluate and enhance their force-wide suicide prevention program. In his career, he has served as an instructor for research methods and statistics, organizational psychology, and I/O psychology. He serves as the evaluation director for Penn State Extension, leading a team of evaluation specialists in providing support for a multitude of educational programming initiatives.

Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Argosy University
MBA, Point Park University
M.S., Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
B.S., Point Park University

Dr. Carmen Jones has held increasingly responsible positions with a major telecommunications company, providing business leadership in customer service, training and development, and upper management. She also uses her business expertise to work with a major health insurance company in its short-term disability division. Her research interest centers on improving the understanding and performance of call center employees and their perceptions of motivation.

Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Penn State
M.S., Experimental Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio
B.S., Behavioral Sciences, United States Air Force Academy

Dr. Douglas Lindsay served for more than 22 years in the Air Force, where he held various roles such as scientist, professor, psychologist, and director. Since leaving the military, he has worked for several higher education institutions, businesses, and consulting organizations, developing leadership programs and educational courses focused on executive education and development. In addition to his consulting and coaching, he is the executive editor for the Center for Character and Leadership Development at the United States Air Force Academy.

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., 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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