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Organizational Leadership & Learning

Exciting Changes are Reshaping Our Program

September 4, 2012 in Fall 2012

Our long-term vision is to become a leading program in the country that focuses on organization development and leadership, human resources, and workforce development.  Two years ago, we began developing a comprehensive strategic plan to guide our vision.  Several areas have been identified and work has begun to ensure our program achieves excellence in:

  • Academic Programs
  • Engaged Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Alumni Relations
  • International/National Engagement

Over the past few years, we have conducted needs assessments, market analyses, and benchmark analyses to determine how we could align stakeholder needs, university goals, and faculty skills.  We’re pleased to share some of our major accomplishments with you.


The umbrella name for the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. offerings has been Workforce and Human Resource Education.  We became Organizational Leadership and Learning this summer in order to better reflect our new program names and the breadth of our offerings.

Redesigned Master’s Program in Human Resources and Organization Development

Effective Summer 2012, our master’s program was changed to M.S. in Human Resources and Organization Development (formerly M.S. in Human Resource Education).  We now offer three concentrations in the MS HROD Program:

Human Resource Leadership Strategic and tactical human resource leadership for generalists and specialists.  This concentration has been approved by the Society for Human Resource Management as aligning with their Guidelines for HR Programs.
Workplace Learning and Performance Learning, training, performance improvement, and instructional design in organizational settings.
Health Professions Education Education, learning, leadership, and organization change for healthcare settings.In partnership with the School of Medicine

Our faculty and staff conducted a needs assessment and market analysis to determine how to best meet the needs of our current/future students and community partners.  Based on those results, we decided to change the program name to reflect more common terminology in the field, update curriculum to reflect needs, and develop concentrations that allow students to specialize.

Master’s Program to Launch in Republic of Panama

Effective January 2013, the full master’s program will be available through an executive format in Panama City, Panama.  Through a partnership with UofL’s affiliate campus, Quality Leadership University, our Louisville-based faculty will teach eight courses in Panama, and four courses will be taught by Panama-based faculty.  This will be the first master’s program in HR in the Republic of Panama, one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

In 2011, our program faculty developed strategic engagement goals in several areas, one of which was international engagement. The Panama program is one of several accomplishments we’ve had in increasing the international reach of our program.

Once the program is fully operating, we will be offering scholarships for Louisville-based students to take courses in Panama.  Our partners will also work with international companies to place our Louisville students in internships in Panama.

Redesigned Bachelor’s Program Offers New Concentrations

Our Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Leadership continues to grow and expand both in number of students and in being responsive to the needs of our students.  We have launched new concentrations for this program that are designed for adult learners who wish to finish their bachelor’s degrees.  Each concentration is offered fully online or in a classroom in Louisville.  The Leadership and Organizational Development concentration is offered at Ft. Knox.

Leadership and Organizational Development For professionals seeking to develop skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life.
Training and Development For professionals who work with clients and/or various stakeholders to enhance workplace learning and improve organizational performance.
Career and Technical Education For teachers in career or technical education to gain skills in teaching, evaluation, and classroom management skills.In Partnership with the Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education


Additional curricular changes include the implementation into each bachelor’s level class Ideas to Action, a process for building critical thinking skills in real world situations.  Our students are introduced to the value of critical thinking in work, school, and everyday life.

New Faculty Members

Dr. Kevin Rose is our new full-time Practitioner-Scholar in Residence.  He will teach face-to-face in Louisville, online, and in Panama.  Dr. Rose joins us from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas where he was Associate Director for the Center for Management and Executive Education.  He will be a key asset in helping our program meet the needs of the community.

Dr. Matt Bergman, the former Academic Counselor for the B.S. in Workforce Leadership Program, has accepted the position of full-time Assistant Professor, primarily teaching in our undergraduate program.  Dr. Bergman has been widely heralded for his deep commitment to adult learners.  This new position will allow him to focus more directly on teaching.

Sherry Duffy, who has been teaching part-time in our undergraduate program, will be joining us as a full-time Instructor and Associate Director for Community Relations and Recruitment.  She will teach in the undergraduate program, in addition to serving as the public face of the program with our community partners and prospective students.  Sherry will oversee student recruitment, development of new partnerships, and development of a comprehensive internship program for students.  Sherry has served as a business manager at UofL, and prior to coming to UofL, had a long history of successful small business ownership.

Please let us know if you have any feedback, questions, or comments about these changes. We are proud to be a program “on the move” and we know that our greatest asset is the students and alumni who represent the program in Louisville and around the world.

Dr. Rod Githens is Assistant Professor and Program Director in Organizational Leadership and Learning at UofL.  Dr. Antonette MacDonald is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Manager in Organizational Leadership and Learning at UofL.