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Two Associate Deans Appointed in HOD

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Jun 09, 2009

Two Associate Deans Appointed in HOD

Carol Parker Walsh, PhD, and Nancy Wallis, PhD, have both joined the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD) as associate deans. Both women earned their doctorates from the school, Walsh in 2005 and Wallis in 1999.   Two Associate Deans Appointed in HODIn addition to her Fielding MA and PhD (2005), Carol earned a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Her BA in Organizational Communication is from Loyola University of Chicago, and in July 2009 Carol will earn a certificate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a certified mediator and has also been trained in the study of social systems and group relations with the A.K. Rice Institute.

Carol has nearly 20 years of experience in employment/labor law, mediation, coaching, organizational development, facilitation and training, and academic teaching, mentoring, and research. She has served as the interim director of the Oregon Master of Public Health Program, assistant director of Professional and Diversity Development and Management Consultant with Oregon Health and Science University, labor counsel with Oregon Nurses Association, and assistant counsel with the National Treasury Employees Union. She is principal of Parker Walsh Consulting, a diversity and organizational consulting firm, and assistant professor in the doctoral public health programs at Oregon Health and Science University.

Although Carol has a myriad of passions that center on social justice and the emotional well-being of those positioned along the margins. Her work in educational and health care institutions has explored organizational barriers to, and readiness for, diversity - particularly for those situated in predominately white environments. These interests have informed her current research foci, which include social determinants of health disparities, systems of oppression and barriers to access, racial identity and socialization theory, post-colonialist theory, and organizational diversity and change.

Carol is a sought-after presenter, throughout the United States and internationally, on black feminist research methodology, systems of oppression, generational diversity, and women's leadership. As a practitioner, Carol has served as a consultant and developed training and facilitated workshops for local and national organizations. She is widely published in academic and business journals and has chapters in The Authentic Dissertation: The African American National Biography, and in the upcoming Case-Based Geriatrics: A Global Approach. She has been recognized for her outstanding work and leadership as a scholar-practitioner with the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA, the 2009 Golden Rose Award from Oregon Health and Science University, and the 2009 Leadership Award from the Oregon Master's of Public Health Program.

Two Associate Deans Appointed in HODNancy is HOD's associate dean for curriculum and program delivery. She has a lifelong history of interweaving academic pursuits and the practice of leadership in organizational settings. Most recently, she developed and taught graduate level curriculum in organization behavior and organization theory in several business schools with particular interest in transformational leadership and developmental action inquiry as a methodology for understanding and harnessing individual, group, and organizational levels of action. A central research interest is linking individual and senior leadership team development to improving organizational performance. One of her working papers, "Transformational and Individualized Leadership: A qualitative study of senior executive leaders" presents one study in which individuals in formally assigned, unique leader-follower dyads created mutually transforming relationships.

Prior to her full-time academic appointments, she attained a wealth of experience from her 30 years as senior leader, project manager, consultant, supervisor, administrator, trainer, and mentor, always with a larger goal of improving leadership capacity and organizational performance. She has served in numerous executive roles with leading healthcare insurance companies where she had administrative responsibility for $1 billion in medical expense including premium billing and collections, medical claims, and risk management. Other past affiliations include PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG Peat Marwick where she led cross-cultural teams in accomplishing critical organizational improvement and change initiatives. In her preferred consulting projects she works with senior executives and their teams within their unique organizational contexts to improve their efficacy in leading change and organizational learning in alignment with organizational goals and desired outcomes.

With a career as a scholar-practitioner, Nancy is committed to the study and practice of leadership that improves the quality of human lives, in small and large systems, in which personal and collective transformation is engaged, and where organizational goals are aligned with increasing social and economic justice. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS) and is a member of the Academy of Management. She presents regularly at the annual conferences associated with these organizations, as well as at industry and client meetings.

Nancy's PhD from Fielding is in Human and Organizational Systems, her MSPH and MBA were earned at UCLA, and her BS in Biochemistry is from UC-Davis.

Areas of Expertise: Organizational behavior, management theory and practice, leadership, innovation, technology, organizational culture, change and development
Recent Accomplishments: Board of directors, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society; coauthor with Francis Yammarino, "Transformational and Individualized Leadership: A Qualitative Study of Senior Executive Leaders," Leadership Quarterly (2009); coauthor with T. Tompkins and K. Rhodes, "Gen Y and Organizational Life: Are Network Groups Unnecessary or Are Young Managers Naïve?" Graziadio Business Report (2006).