Barbara L. Watters, PhD
Dr. Watters, interim program director, was a full-time faculty member during the first 12 years of her career, teaching courses in industrial/organizational psychology, cross-cultural psychology, statistics, and research methods. During the next 13 years of her career, Dr. Watters worked at a Fortune 500 insurance company at its headquarters. She held various positions in instructional design, organizational effectiveness, and change management. Working with stakeholders from all levels of the company, Dr. Watters taught teams how to analyze business issues with tools from Lean Six Sigma, strategy mapping, innovation, and other problem-solving approaches. She helped employees improve their customer service, eliminate wasteful steps, produce more value-added work, and develop their professional skills. Dr. Watters returned to university teaching several years ago. Her focus areas now are to grow the MPS Psychology of Leadership program in a strategic way, and to help MPS students develop their knowledge and skills as “thinking leaders.” Dr. Watters earned her Ph. D. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Faculty for the online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Psychology of Leadership come from a variety of domains, but all are world-class professionals in their fields. Your education will be further enriched by their considerable knowledge and experiences from a variety of leadership situations. Some of these areas include human resources, management, military, education (higher education and others), and organizational consulting. All of our faculty have formal graduate education (PhD) relevant to leadership in addition to their practical leadership experience.