Purdue Calumet faculty and staff who are currently working on issues related to leadership form the core group of Center associates. They include:
Professor Howard Cohen (Philosophy) has a research focus on questions of leadership ethics, beginning with the question: what are the obligations of those who make decisions for others? He is interested in topics that include organizational compliance, organizational engagement, and the source of leaders’ ethical responsibilities.
Professor Jim Johnson (Organizational Leadership and Supervision) pursues his research interests in the areas of leading learning organizations and leading virtual teams.
Professor Maureen Marthaler (Nursing) pursues research on questions of delegation of nursing tasks to nursing assistive personnel including: What are nurses delegating and to whom? What are the barriers to delegating? She is also interested in the relationship of the national registered nurse license and the lack of a national definition of delegating.
Shelly L. Robinson (Director of Career Services) is responsible for identifying opportunities to develop leadership skills in students as they prepare for transition into the global workforce. Her research interests include deconstructing career decision-making, how leaders make decisions, how those decisions are communicated, and what impact those decisions have within the organization.
Gloria Roldan (Interim Dean of Students) is responsible for identifying opportunities to develop leadership skills in students as they prepare for transition into the global workforce. Her research interests include educational leadership and student development.
Professor Rachel Smith (Management) has a research focus on the processes that contribute to global leadership development. She explores how to prepare leaders for effectiveness in the global arena and interventions that can be used to accelerate their development.
Professor Lynda Willer (Communication and Creative Arts) has teaching responsibilities that include undergraduate and graduate courses in Leadership and Communication, Organizational Communication, Research Methods, Gender and Communication and Basic Speech Communication. Her research interests include gender issues in the workplace, worker-task fit, online learning, and experiential learning. Her work with organizations has included communication training workshops.
Professor Chenn Zhou (Mechanical Engineering) has a research focus on the integration of advanced simulation and visualization technologies to create virtual worlds of real world problems. She is interested in the development of 3D virtual environments that can be used for studying leadership interventions and for virtual leadership training.
Professor Sam Zinaich (Philosophy), employing the familiar distinction between power and authority, pursues his interest in leadership studies through focus on the justification, if any, for a leader (e.g., a political, military, corporate or other institutional leaders) to claim the right to be obeyed. The sources of his research spans the history of philosophy and includes authors like Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, J. S. Mill, and the scholarship of contemporary authors like Robert P. Wolff, John Rawls, and Robert Nozick.”
Other Purdue Calumet faculty and staff with research interests in leadership will be invited to participate.