*Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Staff

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

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is a Distinguished Professor of Communication, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. He is Co-Director of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), 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. Dr. Ruben is also a Rutgers Liaison to the Big 10 Academic Alliance, Leadership Development Programs.

His scholarly work focuses on the development and application of communication theory in organizational, intercultural, health, educational, and leadership settings. Brent is author of numerous books including: A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education (2016; with R. De Lisi and R. Gigliotti); Strategic Planning in Higher Education (with S. Tromp); Understanding, Planning and Leading Change; and What Leaders Need to Know and Do. Dr. Ruben was a founder of the Department of Communication, and first director of the School of Communication and Information Ph.D. Program. He has received awards for his scholarly and professional contributions from the National Baldrige Foundation, National Communication Association (NCA), the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the National Consortium for Change and Continuous Innovation in Higher Education (NCCI), and from Rutgers, The Daniel Gorenstein Award.

Contact Information:

B. Ruben Personal Information: https://comminfo.rutgers.edu/ruben-brent
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership: https://ol.rutgers.edu/
Email: bruben@nullrutgers.edu

Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
57 US Highway 1, Cook Campus
Email: bruben@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3968
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu/

Distinguished Professor, Communication
School of Communication and Information
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
255 Friedrich House, 192 College Avenue
College Ave Campus
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
https://comminfo.rutgers.edu/ruben-brent

Sherrie Tromp – Associate Director

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is Associate Director for the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. 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.

Contact Information:
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
sherrie.tromp@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3966
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu

Ralph A. Gigliotti, Ph.D. – Assistant Director for Leadership Programs

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is Director of Leadership Development and Research at the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he oversees a portfolio of faculty and staff leadership development initiatives and leads several research projects related to leadership and communication in higher education. His research interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, and crisis communication, particularly in the context of higher education. Ralph is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication and an associate faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Higher Education. His recent co-authored books include A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (Stylus Publishing, 2017) and Leadership: Communication and Social Influence in Personal and Professional Settings (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2017).

Contact Information:
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
Email: ralph.gigliotti@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3965
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu

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

is a Senior Fellow for the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership. In this role, Dr. De Lisi serves as Co-Director of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), a team leader for the ALP@RBHS program, and a core faculty member in the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy.

Richard 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).

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

Christine Goldthwaite – Senior Program Administrator

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is a senior program administrator at the Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where she oversees the development, coordination, and facilitation of the Academic Leadership Program at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. As an organizational communication scholar, her research examines the intersection of organization design and communication design in relation to interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. Christine is also a part-time lecturer in the School of Communication and Information where she teaches leadership in digital contexts. She is a co-author of Leadership: Communication and Social Influence in Personal and Professional Settings (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2017). Before beginning her career in academia, Christine worked in advertising and business-to-business communications.

Contact Information:
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
Email: christine.goldthwaite@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3963
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu

Barbara Corso – Senior Staff Associate

is part of the coordinating group for the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), the Rutgers Academic Leadership Programs, the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA), and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Contact Information:
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
Email: bcorso@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3963
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu

Kimberly Davis – Unit Administrator

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provides administrative support for the Rutgers Leadership Academy, Rutgers Center for Organizational 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:
Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership
Email: kim.davis@nullrutgers.edu
Voice/Message: (848) 932-3964
Fax: (732) 932-1422
https://ol.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Fellows

Barbara Bender, Ed.D.

is Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Director of the Teaching Assistant Project. In her role as an Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Fellow, Dr. Bender serves as Program Director of the Academic Leadership Program and she is a member of the core faculty of the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy.
She has served as Associate Provost and Dean of Students, and has taught a wide variety of classes in higher education including courses on college teaching and building leadership skills for Ph.D. students. She has served as a member of numerous accreditation teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

At Rutgers University, Dr. Bender founded the Teaching Assistant Project, a program designed to prepare Ph.D. candidates to teach, the Rutgers Academy for Teaching and Learning, as well as co-founded the Academic Leadership Program, a professional development program for academic department chairs and deans. Her current position encompasses providing leadership and coordinating academic support and student services for graduate students.

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

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is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School. In her role as an Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Fellow, Dr. Lansing is involved in the design and development of the co-sponsored Distinction in Leadership in Academic Healthcare Program for students in the RWJ Medical School.

As vice chair, Martha provides support and oversight of the Department’s 3 residencies, 5 fellowships, and undergraduate family medicine and department programs, and clinical practices. 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.

Dr. Lansing 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. In addition to her book Treating People with Chronic Disease, A Psychological Guide, co-authored with Carol Goodheart, she has authored a number of book chapters. In 2015, Dr. Lansing was honored as New Jersey Family Physician of the Year by the NJ Academy of Family Physicians.

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

Dr. Susan Lawrence, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education, SAS
is Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences. In her role as an Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership fellow, Dr. Lawrence serves as a member of the core faculty in the PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy.

As Vice Dean Susan 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 Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Director, Brent Ruben. Dr. Lawrence 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

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is a professor in the Department of Communication/SCI. As an OL Fellow, Dr. Lewis designs and delivers seminars and develops programs and materials to assist with organizational change efforts at Rutgers.

Laurie has served as chair of the Department of Communication (2012-2016) and as Director of the MCIS program (2007-2012). She 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 PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy.

Dr. 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.

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

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is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 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. In his role as an Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Fellow, Dr. Tallia assists with organizational assessment efforts and is involved in initiatives related to patient-centered quality and communication.

A university designated master educator, he serves in many university leadership roles. As a senior member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Tallia is engaged in development and oversight of competency assessments for physicians in the United States and Canada, and 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.

*Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership is a Division of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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