AU MSOD faculty have strong academic credentials, are published in peer-refereed journals, and have taken leadership positions within premier OD organizations, including the Organization Development Network, the Organization Development Institute, and the NTL Institute. They are committed to teaching and to the development of MSOD students.

Director


Ruth Wagner Executive in Residence SPA - AU MSOD

Dr. Ruth Wagner is a graduate of the AU MSOD program and a very active OD scholar-practitioner. After an early career in software engineering, Ruth led a change management practice of 50 consultants i

  wagner@american.edu

  (202) 885-2952

Faculty


Richard Axelrod Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture

Dick Axelrod is among the world’s top OD practitioners, specializing in whole-system change. The “Conference Model” that he and his partner Emily developed is used worldwide to engage organizations in

  axelrod@american.edu

John Bennett Adjunct Associate Professor

John Bennett, PhD is a practitioner, academic, and educator who earned his MA and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University as well as his MPA at the University of NC-Gre

  jbennett@american.edu

Heather Berthoud Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

With over 25 years of experience as an OD practitioner, Heather Berthoud specializes in nonprofit and community change. Her firm, Berthoud Consulting (formerly Berthoud/Greene Consultants), is a well-

  berthoud@american.edu

Anastasia Bukashe Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Anastasia Bukashe, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, has recently joined our faculty to take the lead in the International Fieldwork course. Dr. Bukashe is known worldwide for her work on peace

  abukashe@american.edu

Jacob de Jong Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Joep C. de Jong is an experienced international OD scholar-practitioner. He is currently Founder, Managing Director and principal shareholder of JLS International BV, an organization that provides hig

  jdejong@american.edu

Harry Hertz Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Harry Hertz has had extensive experience in analyzing organizational performance and strategy. He has been responsible for interpreting “the leading edge of validated management practice” from 199

  hertz@american.edu

Deatrus LaCour Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. LaCour is Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and faculty member at the MSOD program at American University. He also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate program in Hum

  lacour@american.edu

Robert Marshak Executive in Residence Emeritus

Dr. Marshak has taught organization dynamics and change leadership in SPA since 1977. His areas of expertise include: organizational change and development, dialogic organization development, organiza

Matt Minahan Adjunct Associate Professor Public Admin SPA

Matt Minahan, Ed. D., is President of MM & Associates, an international consulting firm specializing in strategy, structure, leadership development, and communications. Matt's clients are in the pri

  minahan@american.edu

Patricia Parham Adjunct Associate Professor

Based in Dallas, Dr. Patricia Parham has worked as both an internal and external OD practitioner at top levels of client systems. Her career as a consultant spans private, nonprofit and government org

  parham@american.edu

John Vogelsang Adjunct Associate Professor

John D. Vogelsang has been working for over thirty-eight years in the areas of board development, strategic planning, organizational transitions and restructuring, conflict transformation, participato

  vogelsan@american.edu

Enrique Zaldivar Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Originally from Mexico, Enrique J. Zaldivar is co-founder partner at a top-tier international OD consulting, leadership development and executive coaching firm. He is lead faculty for the Diversity an

  ezaldiva@american.edu