MSLOC Faculty

MSLOC Faculty

Faculty at the Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) exemplify the philosophy of the program by bridging scholarship and practice.

MSLOC is led by a team of scholar-practitioners, representing diverse expertise and experience within organizations and academic disciplines.

Our expert adjunct faculty hold executive positions or lead consulting practices in organizational change, talent management, human capital strategy, leadership development, learning, organizational design, executive and leadership coaching and strategic planning.

Their work practice is shaped by academic credentials in organizational development, organizational behavior, organizational change, industrial/organizational psychology, adult learning, management, education, cognitive and social psychology, and more.

Michelle Albaugh

Albaugh, Michelle

Manager, Organizational and Leadership Coaching Certificate Program

Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Music, DePaul University, 1994
  • MA, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2007
  • PhD, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2014

Research Interests

Narrative identity, personality change, and mixed method research.

John Bausch

Bausch, John

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Northwestern, 1982
  • BA, Creighton University, 1978
Dorie Blesoff

Blesoff, Dorie

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Organization Development, Loyola University-Chicago, 1995
  • BA, Political Science, Religion, American University, 1974
Katerina Bohle-Carbonell

Bohle-Carbonell, Katerina

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior and Education, Maastricht University, Netherlands, 2016
  • MS (Cum Laude) in Management of Learning, Maastricht University, Netherlands, 2009
Cecilia Burokas

Burokas, Cecilia

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MAT, Language and Literature, Reed College, 1968
  • AB, English, Philosophy, Vassar College, 1967
Jessica Catz - Geist

Catz - Geist, Jessica

Teaching Assistant, Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BA, Psychology, George Washington University
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2013
Samir Desai

Desai, Samir

Executive Director of Learning and Organization Development, Northwestern University

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Computer Science, Northwestern University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Mindy Douthit

Douthit, Mindy

Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Lecturer, SESP Undergraduate Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Organizational Theory, University of Chicago , 2000
  • MBA, Management, University of Chicago, 2000
  • BS, Business, Miami University, 1992
Marina Field

Degrees

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University
Jennifer Green

Green, Jennifer

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BS, Northwestern University, 1993
Julie Hess

Hess, Julie

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change


Degrees

  • MEM, Master's in Engineering Manufacturing, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, 1996
  • MBA, Manufacturing Operations & Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, 1996
  • BS, Business Administration, DePaul University, 1989
Erica Kalata

Kalata, Erica

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MEd., Human Resource Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, Human Resource Development , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Marsha King

King, Marsha

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Organization Development and Workforce Education , Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • MEd., Instructional Design , Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • BS, Human Resources , The Ohio State University, 1994
Mike Kosiarek

Kosiarek, Mike

Adjunct Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change


Degrees

  • BS, Management, National-Louis University, 2005
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2008
Judah Kurtz

Kurtz, Judah

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • Completed - Master's Degree Curriculum in Counseling & Organizational Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2006
  • BS cum laude, Psychology and Organization Behavior, Northwestern University, 2004
  • Completed - Advanced Life Coaching Training, Dave Ellis Leadership, 2003
  • Certificate, Training & Development, Northwestern University, 2003
  • Completed - Professional Coaching Training, Coaches Training Institute, 2002
  • Completed - Team Management & Leadership Program, Landmark Education, 2002
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2009
Maggie Lewis

Lewis, Maggie

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change


Degrees

  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, 1991
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2008
Pi Wen Looi

Looi, Pi Wen

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Applied Quantitative Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • PhD, Applied Quantiative Psychology, The Ohio State University
  • BS, Mathematics, National University of Singapore

Research Interests

Employee engagement and workspace design

Alyson Margulies

Margulies, Alyson

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Purdue University , 2003
  • BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
Debra Mazloff

Mazloff, Debra

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Communication Studies , University of Kansas, 1995
  • MA, Speech Communication , Indiana University - Bloomington, 1991
  • BA, English and Communication , Tulane University, 1988
Bruce McBratney

McBratney, Bruce

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BS , Amherst College
  • MS , MIT Sloan School
Renetta McCann

McCann, Renetta

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2012
  • BS, Speech, Northwestern University , 1978
Jeff Merrell

Merrell, Jeff

Associate Director, Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change


Degrees

  • MS, Learning and Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2006
  • MBA, Marketing, Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1989
  • BA, English, Michigan State University, 1977

Research Interests

Organizational learning and knowledge management, digital networked learning, personal learning networks, social media and social collaboration technologies.

Marina Micari

Micari, Marina

Director for Undergraduate Programs, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

Instructor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Education, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • MA, Communication, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • BA, Anthropology and French, Grinnell College, 1989
Cassandra Mitchell

Mitchell, Cassandra

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MS, Curriculum and Instruction , Illinois State University, 1979
  • BS, Art, Illinois State University, 1977
Kathleen O'Connor

O'Connor, Kathleen

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BBA, Marketing, Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1991
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1994
Ghazala Ovaice

Ovaice, Ghazala

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Human Resource and Organization Development , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • MS, Human Resources & Industrial Relations, Training & Organization Development , Loyola University of Chicago, 1996
  • BS, Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Research Interests

 Trust in the workplace, cross-cultural issues in work related values, and the relationship of organization culture and performance

Debbie Plager

Plager, Debbie

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MA, Medieval Studies, History, University of Reading, 1997
  • BA, History, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 1995
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2006
Beau  River

River , Beau

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BA, English and Creative Writing , Dartmouth College
  • MA and PsyD, Adler School of Professional Psychology

Research Interests

Personality and leadership derailment, flow and optimal performance states, high performance teams

Terrence  Roche

Roche, Terrence

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Management, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, 2000
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2008
Kelly Ross

Ross, Kelly

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • BS, Business Management and International Studies, Indiana University
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2011
Vanessa Ruda Seiden

Ruda Seiden, Vanessa

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 2001
  • BA, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 1997
Kimberly Scott

Scott, Kimberly

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, Business Administration, Organizational Behavior, The Ohio State University, 1995
  • MA, Business Administration, The Ohio State University, 1994
  • BA, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1991

Research Interests

Improving workplace environments and practices that foster employee wellness, learning and success; relationships between organizational practices and individual engagement and well-being; transitions of individuals into leadership roles and how learning techniques can be designed to accelerate leadership development.

B.K. Simerson

Simerson, B.K.

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • EdD, Cognate: Management and Organization Development , University of North Carolina at Greensboro , 1987
  • MA, Administration, Supervision, and Higher Education, Appalachian State University , 1981
  • BA, Law Enforcement and Sociology, Pfeiffer College, 1979
  • AAS, Law Enforcement, Central Piedmont Community College

Research Interests

Strategy formulation, strategic planning, strategy execution, organizational assessment, change enablement, evaluation and assessment, organizational development, and contextual leadership.

Ryan Smerek

Smerek, Ryan

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
  • EdM, Harvard University, 2004
  • AB, Dartmouth College, 2000
Margaret Sullivan

Sullivan, Margaret

Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • MBA, Finance, Eastern Illinois University
  • BS, Finance, Eastern Illinois University
Melinda Turnley

Turnley, Melinda

Assistant Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, English, Purdue University, 2001
  • MA, English, Ohio State University, 1995
  • BA, English, University of Texas at Austin, 1992