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ODL Staff


Dr. Brent D. Ruben, Ph.D. – Executive Director and Distinguished Professor of Communication

brent-rubenis a Distinguished Professor of Communication, and founder and Executive Director of the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership at Rutgers University. He is also Coordinator of the Predoctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), and a member of faculties of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education. His scholarly work focuses on the conceptualization, translation and application of communication theory in organizational, intercultural, health, educational, and leadership settings.

Brent is author of 50 books and 200 hundred book chapters and articles including Communication and Human Behavior. Sixth Edition (with L. Stewart and B. Householder). What Leaders Need to Know and Do; A Guide to Excellence in Higher Education; Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Leader’s Guide (with S. Tromp), Understanding, Planning and Leading Change; and Pursuing Excellence in Higher Education. He is also co-author of A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (with R. De Lisi and R. Gigliotti) (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

Dr. Ruben was a founder of the Rutgers University, Department of Communication; first director of the University Ph.D. in the School of Communication and Information; founder and first editor, of the International Communication Association, Communication Yearbook series, and a founder and director of the Rutgers Predoctoral Leadership Development Institute and the Rutgers Leadership Academy. He was the first president of the National Consortium for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI), a Baldrige Examiner and a member of the Education and Healthcare Baldrige Pilot Advisory and Evaluation Team. He has received awards from Rutgers, the National Communication Association (NCA), the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and the National Consortium for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI) recognizing his scholarly and professional contributions, and he is a frequent adviser to colleges and universities nationally and internationally in the areas of leadership, planning, organizational assessment, change, continuous improvement, and communication. Dr. Ruben is also Rutgers Liaison to the Consortium for Institutional Cooperation (B1G/CIC) Officers group.

Chronicle of Higher Education features Rutgers RLA

B. Ruben Personal Information http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~ruben/
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership: http://www.odl.rutgers.edu/

Email: bruben@nullrutgers.edu

Contact Information:
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership
57 US Highway 1, Cook Campus
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3968
Fax: (732) 932-1422
Email: bruben@nullrutgers.edu

Distinguished Professor, Communication
School of Communication and Information
1 Richardson Street, College Ave Campus
Rutgers University
http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~ruben/
http://www.odl.rutgers.edu/

Sherrie Tromp – Associate Director

sherrie-tromp is Associate Director for the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Sherrie is primary author (with Brent Ruben) of Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Guide for Leaders (NACUBO, 2004, 2010), co-author (along with B.D Ruben and K.M. Immordino) of Applying Business Insight and Strategy within the Academy: An Idea Whose Time has Come, published in the Business of Higher Education in 2009, and co-author of a book chapter entitled LEADER.edu Using Interactive Scenario-Based Simulations for Leadership Development (along with B.D. Ruben, K.M. Immordino, and B. Agnew) published in the Handbook of Research on Improving Learning and Motivation through Educational Games: Multidisciplinary Approaches in 2010.

She received her undergraduate degree in bilingual education from Arizona State University and her Masters in cultural anthropology from Rutgers University. During her tenure at Rutgers she has also held the positions of Associate Director of Admissions and University Data Administrator.

She has served as a consultant to higher education organizations, and is a member of the American Association of Higher Education, and the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI). Sherrie also served on the Rutgers Advisory Board for the Kellogg Leadership for Institutional Change Initiative.

Sherrie A. Tromp
Associate Director

Contact Information:
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership
tromp@nullodl.rutgers.edu
(848) 932-3966
www.odl.rutgers.edu

Ralph A. Gigliotti, MA, MPA

ralph-gigliottiis Assistant Director for the Center for Organizational Development & Leadership at Rutgers University, where he oversees a number of faculty and staff leadership development initiatives. Ralph is currently a doctoral candidate and part-time lecturer in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers. His research interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, and crisis communication, particularly in the context of higher education. Ralph’s research appears in various academic journals and has been presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences, including the International and National Communication Association Annual Conventions and the International Leadership Association Annual Conference. He previously served as the Associate Director for Leadership at Villanova University.  He is co-author of A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (with B. Ruben and R.  De Lisi) (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

Chronicle of Higher Education features Rutgers RLA

Contact Information:
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership
ralph.gigliotti@nullrutgers.edu
(848) 932-3965
www.odl.rutgers.edu

Dr. Richard De Lisi, Ph.D. – Senior ODL Fellow and Co-Director Rutgers Leadership Academy

is Co-Director of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA). He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Predoctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) and teaches in the PLDI program. Dr. De Lisi recently chaired the Rutgers Periodic Review Report Committee required for institutional accreditation by the Middle States Commission for Higher Education. He is also a member of the Rutgers Executive Council on Assessment. At the national level, he recently served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, and also as a member of the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation. Dr. De Lisi served as Dean of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education from 2003-2014. These experiences have sparked scholarly interests in leadership and accountability for student learning and development in PK-12 and higher education. He is co-author of A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (with B. Ruben and R. Gigliotti) (Stylus Publishing, 2017).

GSE Former Dean Releases Book on Leadership in Higher Education

Contact information:
University Professor
Richard.delisi@nullgs.rutgers.edu
(732) 564-9100

Barbara Corso – Senior Staff Associate

is part of the coordinating group for the Rutgers Leadership Academy, the Rutgers Academic Leadership Program, the PreDoctoral Leadership Institute, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Barbara Corso, Senior ODL Staff Associate

Contact Information:
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership
57 US Highway 1, Cook Campus
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3963
Fax: (732) 932-1422
Email: corso@nullodl.rutgers.edu

Kimberly Davis – Unit Administrator

kim-davis provides administrative support for the Rutgers Leadership Academy, ODL leadership programs as well as graphic design and print materials development for the center. Kim received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at Grambling State University.

Contact Information:
Center for Organizational Development and Leadership
57 US Highway 1, Cook Campus
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3964
Fax: (732) 932-1422
Email: kdd55@nullodl.rutgers.edu

ODL Fellows

Dr. Martha Lansing, MD, Associate professor and Vice Chair Department of Family and Community Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

dr-martha-h-lansingAssociate professor and Vice Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Martha H. Lansing is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As vice chair she provides support and oversight of the Department’s 3 residencies, 5 fellowships, undergraduate family medicine programs, clinical practices and department programs including a maternity care program and home visit program. She developed and directed a combined Family Medicine and General Internal medicine hospitalist program for the RWJ Medical Group and continues to oversee and support the Family Medicine hospitalist program. She sees patients, and teaches and precepts residents of the RWJ Family Medicine Residency Program at Capital Health in Trenton, NJ. Part of her patient care involves home visits. She is a certified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a graduate of the Academy of Family Physicians’ National Institute for Program Director Development. Nationally she serves on the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Family Medicine. She has served on multiple executive boards and committees at Capital Health and at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and served on the Board of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. Her book, Treating People with Chronic Disease, a psychological guide, was published with co-author, Carol Goodheart in 1996 by the American Psychological Association. She has written a number of book chapters subsequently, most recently in Swanson’s Review of Family Medicine, published in 2013. In 2015 Dr. Lansing was honored as New Jersey Family Physician of the Year by the NJ Academy of Family Physicians.
Her areas of interest are ambulatory patient care, medical education, practice management and healthcare systems. She loves nothing more than seeing programs and people flourish and grow in new and creative ways. For a full bio, click here.

Dr. Susan Lawrence, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, SAS

Dr. Susan Lawrence, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, SASis an active participant in ODL activities, particularly the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute. As Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences, she oversees undergraduate education, academic services, programs for special populations such as Honors, transfer, and first generation, and faculty development in teaching and learning for over 21,000 undergraduates. She has been Co-Chair of the Mission Alignment, Assessment, and Planning System (MAAP), along with ODL Director Brent Ruben. She is a member of the Rutgers Executive Council on Assessment and has over ten years’ experience in Middle States Commission for Higher Education accreditation preparations. A tenured member of the Department of Political Science and the graduate faculty in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in higher education program, she writes on leadership. Her current research addresses the future of liberal arts undergraduate education at the research-university and mission-centered instructional and institutional effectiveness assessment as a response to the political demands facing higher education today.

Dr. Laurie Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, School of Information and Communication

dr-laurie-lewisLaurie Lewis is a professor in the Department of Communication. She has served as chair of the Department of Communication (2012-2016) and as Director of the MCIS program (2007-2012). Professor Lewis was selected as a Rutgers Fellow to the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program (2014-2015) and is a member of the faculty and Executive Committee for Rutgers Ph.D. in Higher Education. She has also served as a mentor for the PDLI (Pre-doctoral Leadership Institute).

Professor Lewis teaches and conducts research in areas of organizational change, stakeholder communication, interorganizational collaboration, and civil society organizations and community communication. She is a recognized expert in communication processes during organizational change. The author and editor of several books, including Organizational Change: Creating Change Through Strategic Communication, Lewis’s research has appeared in Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Business Communication among others.

As an ODL Faculty Fellow, Laurie will be providing seminars and developing programs and materials to assist with organizational change efforts at Rutgers

Dr. Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH and Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

alfred-tallia2Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Dr. Tallia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and founder and Executive Director of Robert Wood Johnson Partners, the integrated delivery system of Rutgers and the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System. A university designated master educator, he serves in many university leadership roles. As a senior member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, he is engaged in development and oversight of competency assessments for physicians in the United States and Canada. He chaired the influential panel (CEUP) whose recommendations for substantive changes to the United States Medical Licensing Examination have influenced medical education across the country. The author of a popular medical review textbook in its 7th edition and more than 100 abstracts, book chapters, and scientific publications, his broadly funded research focuses on the organization and quality of primary care in the healthcare system. He serves on the executive committee of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the Washington based coalition of Fortune 500 companies, payers, health care providers and consumers that has advanced health care reform, and on the boards of many public and private health related organizations.

ODL Graduate Coordinators

Brittany Hudson, MA

brittani-hudsonis a 3rd year PsyD student in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She holds a Bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship from Hampton University, and a Masters degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her research and clinical interests include media representation, ethnic minority couples and families, adolescent and young adult women’s life adjustment, and African-American women’s romantic relationship formation. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she worked in Loyola Marymount University’s Psychology Applied Research Center on national grant-funded program evaluation and designing and conducting needs analyses in underserved communities. This is her second year as a Rutgers’ Center for Organizational Development and Leadership Graduate Fellow.

Christine Goldthwaite, MCIS

chris-goldthwaiteis Doctoral Candidate in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University studying organizational and mediated communication. She was a 2012-2014 fellow in the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), and currently serves as the program coordinator for the PLDI program. She is currently a researcher in residence at the NJ Institute for Food Nutrition and Health and in the early stages of her dissertation work. Christine’s primary research interests include organization and communication design in relation to creative and innovative activity. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers where she teaches public speaking and leadership in digital contexts, and serves as the coordinator for the development of the Rutgers Leadership Living-Learning Community—a residence-hall based group for university students wishing to further develop their leadership knowledge and capabilities. Christine has presented at state and international conferences such as the New Jersey Communication Association and the International Communication Association annual conferences. Before beginning her career in academia, Christine worked in advertising and business-to-business communications.

Hayley Todd, BA

hayley-toddHayley is a second year graduate student in the City and Regional Planning program at the Bloustein School. Hayley provides support for a number of ODL leadership programs, including the Rutgers Leadership Academy. She is also involved in numerous ODL sponsored leadership research projects. Upon completion of her degree in May, Hayley hopes to work as a city planner with an emphasis on urban design. She currently holds a Bachelors in geography from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hayley has interned for two governmental organizations: her hometown of the City of Newport News, and most recently, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. At the City of Newport News she created an inventory of rental housing for the entire city and presented her findings to the City’s Planning Commission; at the Port Authority, Hayley works on a number of high-level projects for the New York region’s three major airports, including Requests for Consultant Proposals and Environmental Impact Statements. In her free time, Hayley enjoys cooking, painting and hiking.

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