*Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership Staff
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.
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Rutgers University-New Brunswick
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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