Teaching & Executive Education

In my teaching, whether with degree students or practicing executives, I strive to combine research-driven lessons with experiential exercises and real-world case studies. My goal is to create an engaging session that prepares people to be more effective leaders in their workplace. Given my research, and prior work as an outdoor education instructor, my teaching heavily emphasizes experiential learning opportunities. In my classes, I incorporate challenging experiences that stretch students’ abilities and help them recognize how they can apply concepts from organizational research to their everyday actions at work.

In addition to my teaching in the classroom, I also consult and conduct custom executive development training with individuals and organizations around the world. This executive education focuses on (1) helping individuals enhance their ability to learn and develop as leaders, and (2) helping organizations design tools and processes to facilitate more effective team learning and build a strong leadership pipeline. I have worked with groups from a variety of backgrounds and countries, ranging from local and national government agencies to academic medical centers and emergency services teams.

Current Teaching

Degree Courses

Management & Organizational Behavior
BU.930.632 | Fall II Term
The purpose of this course, required for students in the full-time MBA program at the Carey Business School, is to introduce students to fundamental topics related to managing, leading, and working in modern organizations. The course exposes students to a broad array of frameworks for understanding individual, team, and organizational behavior, with particular emphasis on the design of work, interpersonal dynamics, organizational innovation and change, global work environments, and crafting meaningful careers. This breadth of topics, ranging across organizational levels and career stages, distinguishes the course and is meant to complement students’ later coursework focused on individual decision-making, solving problems in teams, and avoiding pitfalls of early career managers.
Leadership Development Expedition I & II: Belize
BU.003.892 & BU.003.893 | Fall II & Intersession Terms
This two-part course, offered as an elective for the Carey Business School MBA (and available to students in other degree programs), is a leadership-intensive seminar and kayaking expedition that builds on the foundational understanding of leadership and management developed in other Carey courses. The course utilizes the unique opportunity for leadership development embedded in outdoor experiential education, providing students the challenge of serving as a leader during an adventure expedition, and helping students reflect on this challenge to develop their own conceptualization and practice of leadership. The course combines a thorough academic introduction to leadership development and opportunity for self-assessment (before the expedition) with repeated reflection and feedback (during and after the expedition) to help students develop their own path as leaders. Participants will spend 9 days in Belize sea kayaking through the pristine coastal waterways. Throughout the trip, students will focus on enhancing individual and team performance, learn and apply appropriate leadership models and provide/receive structured feedback.
Leading High Reliability Health Care Organizations
BU.883.706 | Spring I Term
This course, offered for the Carey Business School MS in Health Care Management, focuses on the art and science of leading for highly reliable performance in the modern health care industry. Through discussion of evidence-based practices, opportunities to engage in experiential learning, and case examples related to decision-making, teaming, and organizing in various health care settings, students will learn how individuals can engage in efforts at multiple levels within and across organizations to ensure high reliability. The course pays special attention to the cognitive and affective dimensions of leading in today’s uncertain and dynamic health care environments, whether that means motivating a clinical care team, launching a new medical product, ensuring quality & coverage across a health care system, or coordinating patient access to health services.

Executive Education Courses

Executive Certificate in Health Care Leadership & Management
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In this innovative certificate program, participants learn necessary leadership and management skills, and develop an evidence-based understanding of how to lead for highly reliable performance in the health care environment – all while earning continuing education credits. The program takes place over 5 days (spread across two weekends). Share knowledge, strategic insight, and cutting-edge research with world-class faculty at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality, and the School of Medicine. Develop personal leadership skills that will inspire transformation in teams and across departments. Leverage diversity in experience, expertise, and work styles. Establish frameworks for understanding dynamic organizations and create tools to become a better leader in the rapidly changing health care setting. With innovative speakers, real world simulations and practical case studies, the Executive Certificate in Health Care Leadership and Management will provide an individualized leadership path to drive the necessary change within your healthcare environment.
Effective Selection & Hiring Strategies
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This one-day Carey Business School executive education session focuses on evidence-based techniques and strategies for engaging in effective hiring and selection in organizations. Selecting and hiring the best people for your organization is one of the primary duties of a leader. These new hires represent the future of your team, and so leaders and managers often devote a large amount of time and energy to finding the “right” people for the job. The goal of this session is to use the findings of social science research to understand effective strategies for identifying and hiring people who will improve the quality of your organization. Blending hands-on experiences and real-time discussion with these evidence-based strategies, we will examine all phases of the hiring process, from initial recruitment to the hiring interview and final selection.
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