Faculty Who Bring Academic Rigor to Marketplace Application

Executive M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership

Courses in the program are taught by the anchor faculty of Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership, along with scholar-practitioner lecturers who bring academic rigor to bear on the real-life experiences of the marketplace.

Core Faculty Members


Marie E. Di Virgilio, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Di Virgilio is a co-founder of the MSVDL degree and a core faculty member specializing in Organizational Change and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has held faculty appointments with Dominican University, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the International School of Management and the U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative.

Dr. Di Virgilio brings over 30 years of business experience, much of it with Allstate Insurance Company, holding key leadership positions in sales, human resources, accounting, corporate education, and information technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in 2005.

Courses taught in the program:

  • Organizational Leadership Practicum
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Responsible Leadership

James (Gus) Gustafson, Ph.D.

Dr. Gustafson is a co-founder of the MSVDL program and a core faculty member at Benedictine University. Gus currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Leadership Studies and the International Journal of Servant-Leadership, is a past Chair of the Business Leadership Division of the International Leadership Association, former Editor-in-Chief of the Organization Development Journal, and was the 2010, 2011 & 2012 recipient of the prestigious Global Strategic Leader Award given by the World HRD Congress.

Gus has over twenty-five years of successful organization development, sales, marketing, operations, leadership development, channel management and executive leadership experience in public, private and non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Benedictine, Dr. Gustafson was Director of Strategic Leadership Research and Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received many awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational change.

Courses taught in the program:

  • Your Leadership Journey
  • Your Leadership Impact
  • International Exchange
  • Legacy Leadership Capstone

James D. Ludema, Ph.D.

Dr. Ludema is co-founder and director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, and a professor of global leadership. He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organization Development and Change Division and is the author of two books and dozens of articles on leadership, strategy and organizational change. His book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Scale Change is widely considered a classic in the field.

Dr. Ludema has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America & North America and has consulted to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald’s, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs. Dr. Ludema received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University.


Program Lecturers

Program lecturers have extensive experience in the business, non-profit, government, or military sectors, and hold a Ph.D. or D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership or Organization Development. Benedictine University is fortunate to have these extraordinary individuals teach in the program.


Shannon Brown, Ph.D. | Joliet, IL

Assistant Professor at University of St. Francis; Former VP of Client Services, Exemplify; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Leadership Theory and Practice

 


Donna Darr, Ph.D. | Chicago, IL

Visiting Professor, Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University; Former senior leader, Hewitt Associates; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Leading & Developing Others

 


José DelaCerda-Gastelum, Ph.D. | Guadalajara, Mexico

Dean, ITESO University (Mexico); Visiting and adjunct faculty with Regis University, Loyola University Chicago; Ph.D. in Organizational Development, Benedictine University

Course: Strategic Leadership

 


Lee DeRemer, Ph.D. | York, PA

Founder & Director, LIFECYCLES, Inc.; Former Senior Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton; Commander (retired), US Air Force; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Moral & Ethical Foundations of Leadership

 


E. John Heiser, Ph.D. | Aurora, IL

President & COO, Magnetrol International; J.D. from Tulane University; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Leading Appreciative Inquiry

 


Tina Huesing, Ph.D. | Auckland, New Zealand

Chief Consultant, Wyrmwood Consulting; Former Senior Director, Six Sigma, Motorola EMEA; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Global Leadership

 


Michael Kuppinger, Ph.D. | Chicago, IL

Executive Transformational Leader, Steiner Electric; Former EVP of Engineering Services at ESD; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Leading Teams

 


Michele (Shelly) Major, Ph.D. | Mokena, IL

VP & Chief Nursing Officer, The Methodist Hospitals; Fellow, American College of Health Executives; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Business Decision Making

 


David Smith, Ph.D. | Panama City, FL

Senior Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton; Commander (retired), US Air Force; Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership, Benedictine University

Course: Leading Change & Innovation

 


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