Values-Based Faculty Leadership

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 Ph.D. in values-driven leadership are incredibly supportive and are there to see the student succeed in every aspect.” – Nancy Sayer, SamaraCare, 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.

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    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 Pisa 10.2015Marie 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

  • Gus with Kids in Typical Malawi Church BuildingJim (Gus) Gustafson, Ph.D.
    Leadership Scholar-in-Residence
    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 

  • ManningMike 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

Our Staff

  • Amber johnson familyAmber Johnson
    Chief Communications Officer & Senior Research Associate

    Hobbies: studying (as a student in Cohort 4 of the doctoral program), running, reading and writing, travel, community service, time with family and friends