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.
Brian Redmond, PhD
Brian Redmond is an online Senior Lecturer and is the lead faculty for the Organizational Leadership (OLEAD) program. His background is industrial and organizational psychology with a masters from New York University (2002) and a PhD from The Graduate Center; City University of New York (2011). He also is a graduate of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (2015). 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 is co-chair of the Coordinators of Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) group in the College of the Liberal Arts that shares ideas for improving online education between departments. He also serves on several World Campus and College committees. He continues to publish and present research and applied solutions regarding online education, which started in 2003. His practical interests include online teaching and learning. He also occasionally helps World Campus faculty development.
Carol Cameron, PhD
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 into the academic arena in 2012, joining Harvard University as an internal consultant and executive coach to its Deans and Department Administrators, and to lead curriculum design and facilitation efforts for executive education in Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development.
Her true passion lies in working with teams that face any number of challenges which thwart their effectiveness. She gains tremendous satisfaction from working with managers and team members to strengthen their capabilities, boost their engagement, and ultimately amplify their performance at work. Through coaching, special interventions, and training she believes she can make a powerful, positive impact on individuals and teams alike toward productive change and a sense of fulfillment at the workplace.
Dr. Cameron earned her PhD in Organization and Management, with an emphasis in Leadership, from Capella University, and her MBA degree in 2001 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. She has taught and lectured at a number of universities throughout the intermountain west and online, and co-authored a dynamic leadership book called “Play to Your Strengths: Stacking the Deck to Achieve Spectacular Results for Yourself and Others,” which was published in 2009 by Career Press.
Amy Dietz, MS
Amy Dietz is a lecturer in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. In addition to teaching, she is the program administrator and adviser for the school's online master of professional studies (MPS) human resources and employee relations (HRER) graduate program, the school's undergraduate internship coordinator, and the faculty adviser to the Society of Labor and Employment Relations (SLER), a graduate and undergraduate student organization. A graduate of the Schreyer Honors College and the LER school, Dietz has a bachelor of science in labor studies and employment relations and a master of science in industrial relations and human resources.
Dennis S. Gouran, PhD
Dennis S. Gouran (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Labor Studies and Industrial Relations. A specialist in group communication, Professor Gouran 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 author of more than 100 books, articles, and reviews dealing with communication in groups.
Avis Kunz, PhD
Avis Kunz is the assistant dean for Outreach and Online Education in the College of the Liberal Arts. She has over 20 years of experience in educational leadership and administration in higher education. She is an affiliate professor in the Organizational Leadership program. She had conducted courses in leading organizational change, program development and evaluation, educational research, and the history of adult and higher education, with a focus on social movements in adult education.
Dr. Kunz came to Penn State with extensive experience at Colorado Mountain College as a program director of associate arts, continuing education, and community education programs. Her prior work includes accomplishments in adult literacy demonstration projects, developing statewide standards for adult literacy teachers, teacher training and evaluation, and volunteer leadership.
Avis has a doctorate in adult education and a MA and BA in English from Penn State University.
Sean Moeller, MS
Sean Moeller works for the Pennsylvania State University as the Director of Administrative Services for the College of the Liberal Arts. One of his administrative responsibilities is to oversee the human resources for the College. He is originally from Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania, but spent a number of years serving overseas in the United State Marine Corps. He completed his Master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State and has held a variety of other managerial positions across the University.
Lenny Pollack, PhD
Lenny Pollack is Professor of Practice in Penn State's Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Dr. Pollack develops and teaches online and residential courses in leadership, human resources, and leadership communications.
Throughout his career, Lenny has been committed to improving the performance of individuals and organizations. 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 and taught courses in leadership, management, planning, communications, and change management. Lenny has also served as adjunct faculty in the University's College of Education.
Dr. Pollack's prior work includes accomplishments in all phases of instructional design, including needs assessment, job analysis, course design and development, program evaluation, and the creation of professional development systems. He has developed and delivered educational products for a variety of professionals representing several industries. Instructional programs and performance assessment tools authored by Dr. Pollack have been delivered via classroom instruction, print materials, conferences, self-study, clinical instruction in the workplace, audiotape, and instructional video.
Lenny has a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and an M. Ed. in Counselor Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Sherron Sparks-Hain, PhD
With over twenty years of business consulting, coaching and training, Dr. Sherron Sparks-Hain 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.
Dr. Sparks-Hain teaches Industrial/Organizational Psychology courses; and Small Business Management, International Business, Labor and Industry classes at both Penn State Altoona and for Continuing Education at University Park. She also does public speaking on business and women's issues.
Dr. Sparks-Hain received a B.S in Human Resources and a MSOL in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University.
Jorge G. Tevino, DBA
Dr. Jorge G. Trevino received his Bachelor's Degree in History & Political Studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security Policy from the National Graduate School / University of Quality Management in Falmouth Massachusetts. After he retired from the US Navy in 2004 as a Chief Ship Serviceman, Surface Warfare Specialist he began working at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) as the Biological Surety Specialist responsible for implementing Biosecurity and Biosurety programs. He recently established his own Biosecurity Firm and has taught Biosecurity at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland; designed Biosecurity programs for University Laboratories working with deadly pathogens. He currently is a Lecturer in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and an Academic Adviser for Military Business Students at the Pennsylvania State University World Campus. His dissertation involved an action research study titled "Enhancing Biosecurity Personnel Screening at a University Laboratory." He is a nationally recognized Biosecurity Subject Matter Expert (SME), published author in his field and is currently the Principle Investigator for a study involving Veteran on-line students with disabilities at Penn State World Campus.
Paul Whitehead, JD
Paul Whitehead is a professor of practice specializing in labor and employment law and teaches the law of employee benefits. He earned both his bachelor of science in labor studies and master of science in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin. He is also an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Whitehead practiced labor, bankruptcy, and benefits law for more than thirty years for the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, serving as general counsel from 2001 to 2009. His career has included, in addition to years of collective bargaining, the representation of workers and retirees affected by corporate restructurings, foreign trade disputes, and the design of benefit programs. He joined the Penn State faculty in early 2009 and offers courses in both the School of Labor and Employment Relations as well as The Dickinson School of Law.
Whitehead serves as one of five trustees to the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund, which offers a variety of insurance and other services to the fourteen million members of unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. He frequently speaks on the subjects of employee and retiree benefit programs.
Billie Willits, PhD
Dr. Billie S. Willits is the associate vice president for human resources at Penn State and holds faculty appointments in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and in the Smeal College of Business. She is responsible for management of all aspects of human resources, including training and development, employment and compensation, benefits, wellness, workers' compensation, occupational medicine, and labor relations at all Penn State campuses. She has developed and conducted seminars in strategic planning, leadership, and numerous other human resources areas.
She has served as director of affirmative action and as the director of the Academic Collective Bargaining Information Service, Project on Educational Employment Relations, Washington, D.C., and as special fact finder and hearing officer at the University of the District of Columbia.
Prior to her arrival at Penn State, Dr. Willits served as associate and assistant vice president for human resources at the University of Massachusetts, and director, Office of Employee and Labor Relations at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Willits holds both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Justin Zartman, JD
Justin Zartman is an instructor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. He is a Penn State graduate with degrees in labor and employment relations and political science, received his Juris Doctor from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law, and has been admitted to the Connecticut bar. In addition to being a World Campus instructor, Zartman also works for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) negotiating teachers' contracts and representing teachers at arbitration and state labor board hearings. Prior to joining CEA, Zartman worked for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in their Fort Worth, Texas office.
Weichun Zhu, PhD
Weichun Zhu, assistant professor of labor studies and employment relations, earned his Ph.D. in management from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2006. Dr. Zhu’s research interests include transformational and charismatic leadership and their influence processes; crisis leadership and its antecedents, consequences, and functional mechanisms; and ethical leadership and decision making in organizations. His research has been published in journals such as Personnel Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly and Journal of Organizational Behavior. He teaches courses in leadership and organizational behavior.