Dissertation research, writing, and defense.
This course is not delivered by distance media; it is driven by an agreement between the instructor and the student. Typical examples are thesis, research, internship, and other courses where the objectives and activities are determined jointly by the instructor and the student. In most cases, the agreement on course activities and objectives is reached with the student and advisor or instructor before enrollment in the course. During the course, the instructor and student communicate by any convenient means, usually phone and email.
This course has an online component delivered through Canvas.
Admission to Organizational Learning, Performance and Change specialization.
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James Folkestad is a professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar (UDTS) at Colorado State University (CSU) and a faculty member within the Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (OLPC) Program in the School of Education.
He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development (EHRD) from Texas A&M in 1996. He is dedicated to the scientific investigation of how technology can be used to enhance learning, training, and innovative practice. His research has included the use of rapid visualization and prototyping technology to accelerate learning, collaboration, and production in both the manufacturing and construction fields. He is currently working on U-Behavior™ a HI-OD learning and teaching method that applies learning analytics to empower self-directed learners. His work also includes the use of serious games (educational video games) and to impact the strength and persistence of training and learning for the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA). In addition, he is the Director of the Center for the Analytics for Learning and Teaching (C-ALT) a University Center dedicated to advancing the use of analytics to drive teaching and learning innovation.
James continues to consult with organizations on the use of technology for training and the potential use of electronic data and analytics for increasing the strength and persistence of training effects. He has authored over 40 peer reviewed research articles and his research has appeared in scholarly publications such as Advances in Developing Human Resources, Journal of Science Education and Technology, and Simulation and Gaming
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Susan A. Lynham, Ph.D.
Dr. Lynham is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University and Chair of the Organizational Learning, Performance and Change (OLPC) Program Area in the School of Education.
She earned her M.A. degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine, Minnesota. Her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Human Resource Development are from the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 2000. Susan has over 20 years practical experience in human resource development (HRD), with a special passion for organization development (OD), and has consulted and presented nationally and internationally in these areas. She has also taught at a number of academic institutions during her career, including the University of Minnesota, Louisiana State University, and Texas A&M University.
Susan focuses her teaching and research expertise in the areas of responsible leadership, scenario planning based leadership development, national human resource development, constructivist inquiry, and theory development in applied disciplines. She is an engaged member of the HRD scholarly community, both locally and abroad. As such she has served as an elected board member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Human Resource Development journal Advances in Developing Human Resources, and serves on the editorial board of a number of core journals in the field.
A native of South Africa, Dr. Lynham enjoys regular visits to her home country—for purposes of both pleasure and work! The diversity of her background enables her to study and practice her field across a spectrum of national cultures, and contexts of complexity.
Dr. Gene Gloeckner is a professor with the School of Education. He has taught research design and grant writing courses for over 15 years. He has a successful record of winning grants from federal agencies (NSF, U.S. Department of Education, USIA), state agencies foundations, and corporations.
Thomas J. Chermack is a Professor at Colorado State University in the Organizational Performance and Change program.
Chermack worked as a consultant with Personnel Decisions International for eight years leading efforts in training, change management initiatives, organization development interventions and high performance work team initiations. During this time he also began his path into academics. Chermack's research focuses on the process and products of scenario planning (an alternative to traditional strategic planning). This unique approach to planning was born at Royal Dutch / Shell Oil and is largely credited with the ability to anticipate and navigate fundamental market changes and shifts.
He has authored over 50 research reports, and his research has appeared in scholarly publications such as Futures, Futures Research Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, The Academy of Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies among others.
I reside in Fort Collins, Colorado, right next to the Rocky Mountains, where I spend time hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. I have degrees from four post-high school institutions, including graduate degrees in Organizational Leadership from Regis University in Denver and Educational Leadership from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. I began my interest in restorative justice while volunteering at the Denver Catholic Worker House in 1996. My personal and professional work has centered on restorative justice since that time. Following graduation with my PhD, I spent a year in New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship and four more years working for a research project called Te Kotahitanga at the University of Waikato. Since 2003 I have worked on developing and putting into practice a theory of a culture of care based on the principles of restorative justice in schools. You can learn more about my work and review some of my published articles on my website at www.restorativejustice.com.
My research interests focus on the areas of restorative justice and restorative practices in schools using culturally appropriate methodologies; exploring how we can create peaceful and caring relationships; exploring what young people want to learn about (a) peace, (b) legitimating the reality of their lives, which are filled with violence and war, and (c) discovering and encouraging their passion for living together in peace; how schools can use restorative practices to respond to student wrongdoing and conflict in conjunction with a culturally appropriate pedagogy of relations in classrooms, under the umbrella of a culture of care, to create safe schools. In particular, I am concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline for our culturally diverse students and the political and educational policies that support this pipeline.
Dae Seok Chai
An assistant professor in the Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change (OLPC) Program, Dr. Dae Seok Chai (Ph.D., G.P.H.R) teaches courses in change leadership, organizational culture and globalization, and the neuroscience of change leadership. Before his doctoral journey at Texas A&M University, Dr. Chai designed and delivered various training programs on change management, cultural diversity, global talent development, and leadership for a large Korean conglomerate. During his doctoral studies, as a subject matter expert and training designer, he consulted with Hyundai Automobile and the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor developing several hybrid training programs. Dr. Chai received a B.S.Ed. in Business Education from the University of Georgia, a M.Ed. in Human Resource Development (HRD) from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in HRD from Texas A&M University.
During his academic training, he was awarded several certificates: (a) Advanced Research Methods, (b) Global Professional in Human Resources, (c) College Teaching, (d) Adult Education, and (e) Georgia Educator Certificate. Dr. Chai has three research interests: expatriate effectiveness, organization change and development in an international context, and leadership in diverse cultural contexts. Within these interests, Dr. Chai has been a proactive and passionate researcher with a record of six co-authored refereed journal articles, two book chapters, and 16 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. The quality of his research was recognized by the Academy of Human Resource Development through its Cutting Edge Award. Dr. Chai is a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development where he chairs the conference’s International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues Track, and the Academy of Management where he serves as a reviewer.