Benedictine University’s award-winning faculty anchor the Values-Driven Leadership program and teach side-by-side with the world’s top Distinguished Visiting Scholars to ensure our students are exposed to the latest theories, research and practice.
Our faculty works closely with each student on their entire doctoral program experience including course work, dissertation research, chairing their committees, and involving global thought leaders as committee members.
“The staff and faculty of the PhD in Values Driven Leadership are incredibly supportive and are there to see the student succeed in every aspect.” – Nancy Sayer, Samaritan Center for Congregations, Cohort 3
Find detailed bios and contact information for our team on the Faculty & Staff page. Below we provide a more personal look at our faculty members.
Jim Ludema, Ph.D.
Director of the Center
Professor of Global Leadership, Core Faculty
Research interests: values-driven leadership at the individual, organizational, and societal levels; appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship; the link between culture and profit in small and mid-size businesses; strategic organizational change.
Hobbies: endurance cycling, volunteering, mystery novels, spending time with wife, Beverlee, children, and grandchildren
- Marie Di Virgilio, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Organizational Change & Corporate Responsibility
Research interests: developing values-driven leaders; employee engagement; change leadership; work group transformation; social enterprise and responsibility.
Hobbies: functional fitness training, golf, walking, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends
- Jim (Gus) Gustafson, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Leadership Development
Research interests: servant-leadership development; leadership of self; legacy creation; corporate social responsibility.
Hobbies: global mission projects, spending time with family, travel
- Mike Manning, Ph.D.
Professor, Leadership, Strategy & Change, and Core Faculty
Research interests: multiple topics related to the management of change (whole systems change using large group interventions, the role of affect and emotion in change, identifying change moments); leading and collective action; occupational stress and well-being.
Hobbies: health & fitness, global travel, and growing cacti from seed
- Amber Johnson
Chief Communications Officer & Senior Research Associate
Hobbies: running, reading and writing, travel, community service, time with family and friends