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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.


  1. Ruth Wagner, Executive in Residence


    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 in the role of Vice President for American Manageme… More

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    (202) 885-2952


  1. 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 system-wide change. A consultant, author, keynote… More

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  2. 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-Greensboro. He serves on the Council of Advisors for … More

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  3. 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-known OD resource in the Washington, DC region and… More

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  4. 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-building, dialogue, systems change and reconcilia… More

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  5. 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 high end training and consulting on strategy and chan… More

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  6. Darya Funches, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Dr. Darya Funches is a seasoned scholar-practitioner who is known for creative and cutting edge approaches to Organization Development practice. Her work contributes to accelerated methods of change and transformation to achieve breakthrough business… More

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  7. Harry Hertz, Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    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 1995-2013 as the Director, and since 2013 as Director… More

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  8. Lennox Joseph, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    A top-tier OD scholar-practitioner, Dr. Lennox Joseph is Advisor, Organizational Effectiveness/ Organizational Development at the World Bank, where he previously served as Senior Change Consultant. Dr. Joseph was President and CEO of the NTL Institut… More

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  9. 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 Human Resource Development at Towson University. He i… More

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  10. Robert Marshak, Distinguished Scholar in Residence

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    Dr. Marshak has taught organization dynamics and change leadership in SPA since 1977. His areas of expertise include: organizational change and development, organizational discourse, and organization theory and behavior. Dr. Marshak has served on the… More

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    (202) 885-6207

  11. Matt Minahan, Adjunct Associate Professor

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    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 private and public sectors, implementing enterprise-w… More

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  12. 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 organizations, and she has deep experience in OD prac… More

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  13. Ann-Marie Regan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  14. 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, participatory evaluation, and small and large group dialogue … More

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  15. 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 and Cultural Competence course. His roster of consul… More

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