Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management

Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Management

Faculty

Learn from HR Leaders

Faculty members of the Human Resources Management program are accomplished professionals and academics, representing the best in research, thought leadership and business practice.

"The best thing about the Human Resources Management program is the diversity of experience that both students and instructors bring to it," said Chris Ortiz, from the Class of '11. "Courses are challenging and engaging. I learned valuable information in every class."

The diverse staff consists of Fortune 500 experts in the field, international legal experts on workplace laws and regulations, and those with specialized knowledge on a range of human resources topics: human capital management, global HR, diversity and inclusion management, performance programs, change management, compensation and benefits, organizational development, crisis management – to name a few.

"Our faculty drives students to understand human resources management as a catalyst for adding value to businesses and organizations," said Dr. Christopher Metzler, Senior Associate Dean of Applied Management Degrees at The School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University.

Faculty fieldwork and accomplishments include authorships of academic books, white papers and articles, and award-winning thought leadership to help define best-in-class HR practices. Many are also called on as leading consultants of business, executive coaches and presenters at major HR conferences and business seminars throughout the world.

 

Grounded in Ethics and Passion

As part of a Jesuit, student-centered research university, our faculty is dedicated to providing students with a professional education grounded in business ethics and, through human resources management, finding solutions that benefit humankind as well as companies.

"Regardless of their academic and professional backgrounds, all of our faculty members share a common trait – a passion for developing skilled practitioners in the field," Dr. Metzler said.

 

What Students Are Saying About Our World-Class Faculty


"The professors support students beyond the classroom. The faculty is available for advice on situations in the workplace as well as assistance with career decisions. They are truly invested in student success."

- Chandni Patel ('12)



"The high caliber of the professors has contributed significantly to my growth and development as an HR professional. By grounding academics with the real world experiences of the faculty, I've received the best of both worlds. The ability to navigate between the two enhances my skill set and improves my value in my profession."

- Mark Venner ('12)



"You will be trained by world-class faculty on cutting-edge topics in a rapidly evolving field."

- Harkamal Singh (’10)



"The faculty is made up of working professionals in the HR field. Their instruction is always accurate and up-to-date."

- Masharn Austin ('13)



"The ability to have a meaningful dialogue with other knowledgeable HR professionals, including faculty and students – is priceless."

- Miriam Medhanie (’12)

 

 
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Anne Aden
Photo of Anne Aden Anne is an organization development consultant who helps her clients become clear about what they want to achieve and generate the energy and commitment to get there.   She has worked with Federal, corporate, and small business clients for almost twenty years to design and implement organization development and change initiatives, as well as design and implement corporate-wide executive coaching and leadership development programs.   Anne also coaches executives and high performing managers who lead organizations undergoing significant change or are transitioning to positions of greater scope and responsibility.  Her approach is at heart appreciative and holistic, enabling her clients to tap into their energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and vision for sustainable, high performance.  Anne has worked as an external OD consultant and executive coach for the past fourteen years.  Prior to that she was an internal consultant in such diverse Federal agencies as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and the General Services Administration.  Anne has a Masters in Education from Boston University, a Masters of Science in Organization Development from AU/NTL, and has coaching certifications through Newfield Network and Strozzi Institute.   She is certified in a variety of assessments, including MBTI, EQ-I and EQ 360. 
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This instructor has taught:
Introduction to Organizational Development
Marcelline Babicz
Photo of Marcelline Babicz Marcelline Babicz is an international organization effectiveness practitioner whose global focus and cultural expertise define her practice. Ms. Babicz specializes in multicultural organization change efforts, particularly with organizations that are challenged by the effects of culture, whether from the ethnic/societal/religious differences inherent in workforces from different countries, the cultural chasm that can exist between functions such as engineering and human resources, or the corporate culture clash that usually accompanies mergers and acquisitions.
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This instructor has taught:
HR in the International Context
Nadine Burnside
Photo of Nadine Burnside Dr. Nadine Burnside is an organizational effectiveness and human resources practitioner. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Human Resources and Organizational Development.  She has held progressively responsible positions including managing organizational performance, talent management, position classification and compensation, and strategic management operations.  Moreover, she has served as project manager for several high profiled organizational effectiveness initiatives and has provided consultation and professional development on strategic management, organizational change management, diversity and inclusion, leadership and team development, compensation, and employment law and practices.
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Rebecca Choi
Photo of Rebecca Choi Becky Choi is the founder of groupforward, LLC, and has been helping organizations and leaders understand and leverage their individual and group dynamics since 1991.  Since 2001, groupforward, LLC has been helping organizations build efficient, productive, high performing teams, and strong leaders that achieve sustainable results.  She brings a unique blend of experience in organization development, business, law and human resources to her clients.  With a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin, she has a solid understanding of how best to help people and organizations move forward to achieve their goals.
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This instructor has taught:
Introduction to Organizational Development
Chuck Cisney
Photo of Chuck Cisney Charles T. Cisney is an International Human Resources professional with demonstrated expertise and who specializes in international compensation & benefits, crisis management, management and leadership training as well as strategic human resources management.
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This instructor has taught:
Global Compensation and Benefits
Nicholas Clements
Photo of Nicholas Clements Nicholas Clements is an experienced human capital and organizational effectiveness consultant.  He provides consulting services to federal and commercial clients, and offers guidance and support in regard to their talent and organizational dilemmas.  Throughout his career, he has supported a variety of human capital and organizational development initiatives including: competency modeling, human capital strategy development, workforce/organizational planning and analysis, strategic recruitment and selection, career profiling and pathing, and succession planning.    
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Wayne Connell
Photo of Wayne Connell Wayne Connell is Vice President of Human Resources for The Washington Post where he leads the HR function in workforce planning, talent acquisition, total rewards, organizational development, retention, and HR policy.  He has 15 years of HR experience, spanning the hospitality, aviation, and media industries.
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Wanda Cumberlander
Photo of Wanda Cumberlander Wanda A. Cumberlander is an organizational effectiveness and management consultant. She specializes in change management, transition management, diversity consulting and training, organizational development, strategic planning, leadership development, group facilitation, executive coaching, and career development.
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This instructor has taught:
MPS HR Capstone
John Gill
Photo of John Gill John W. Gill brings 30-plus years of Human Resource experience, over 20 of which have been at the executive management level with U.S. domestic and international-based parent companies.
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This instructor has taught:
Strategic Thinking in HR
Shirley Gross
Photo of Shirley Gross Shirley has 25 years of experience in organization development and training, working in both the private and public sectors. She has worked with Freddie Mac, American Greetings, Viacom Cable, USAF, CIA, FAA, DoE, NASA, Kodak, Xerox, DuPont Canada, Praxair, and Exxon. She is currently an independent consultant.
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This instructor has taught:
Introduction to Organizational Development
Savaria Harris
Photo of Savaria Harris Savaria Harris is a business litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a nationally ranked law firm identified by the Wall Street Journal as the world's most valuable firm and by American Lawyer as one of the top ten litigation practices in the country. Her practice focuses on anti-fraud litigation, compliance counseling, and government investigations. Savaria was recently ranked by DC SuperLawyers on the 2014 List of Business Litigation Rising Stars.
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This instructor has taught:
Workplace Ethics
Monica Hawkins
Photo of Monica Hawkins Monica P. Hawkins is Founder, CEO and Connector of Professional Pipeline Development Group (PPDG), is a consulting firm focused on Strategic Planning for Diversity with a focus on workforce initiatives and multicultural/emerging markets.
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Jian Hua
Photo of Jian Hua  Jian Hua is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing, Legal Studies, and Information Systems at the School of Business and Public Administration, the University of the District of Columbia. His research interests include information security and cyber internal control. He teaches Management Information Systems, E-Commerce, Business Data Communications, and System Analysis. His research is sponsored by U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a certified online teaching instructor. He also serves the Institute Research Board of UDC as a committee member.
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Nicole Isaac
Photo of Nicole Isaac Nicole Isaac, a noted legislative strategist, presently serves as a Principal at theGROUP, and manages technology, fiscal and foreign policy clients for the strategic consulting and political intelligence firm. Nicole was previously a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where she guided President Obama's policy priorities before the Judiciary, Financial Services and Appropriations Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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This instructor has taught:
Multinational Business Policy and Geopolitics
Nicole Johnson
Photo of Nicole Johnson Dr. Johnson is the Associate Chief Human Capital Officer for Human Capital Strategic Management at the Department of the Treasury. 
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This instructor has taught:
Workplace Ethics
Ira Kitmacher
Photo of Ira Kitmacher  IRA W. KITMACHER, JD, MS
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This instructor has taught:
MPS HR Capstone
Paulette Lundy, Esq.
Photo of Paulette Lundy, Esq. Paulette Lundy, Esq., SPHR, joined IWIF in 2007 as Director of Claims. She was appointed Director, Human Resources in May 2008. In June 2010 she was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources. Her current responsibilities include performance management, employee relations, succession planning, and training and development. Prior to joining IWIF, Ms. Lundy was Statewide EEO Coordinator for Maryland Department of Budget and Management, Assistant Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunity at the NYC Fire Department and a labor and employment litigation attorney for the NYC Transit Authority.
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William C. Martucci
Photo of William C. Martucci As a partner in an international law firm described by Business Week as a litigation powerhouse, Bill practices exclusively on behalf of management in connection with American employment litigation and global employment policy matters. Bill is widely regarded as an exceptional trial lawyer and an innovative, pragmatic global employment policy advisor. Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business notes "Bill Martucci is worth having on any dream team for employment litigation and policy issues."
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This instructor has taught:
Multinational Business Policy and Geopolitics
Christopher Metzler
Photo of Christopher Metzler Christopher J. Metzler, PhD is Senior Associate Dean for Applied Management Degrees at the School of Continuing Studies and Associate Dean for Human Resources and Diversity Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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Christopher Metzler
Christopher J. Metzler, PhD is Senior Associate Dean for Applied Management Degrees at the School of Continuing Studies and Associate Dean for Human Resources and Diversity Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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Edgar Noumair
Photo of Edgar Noumair Edgar Noumair, Ph.D. is a Practitioner Scholar, a subject expert in Higher Education Management, Organizational Behavior and Operations Management. He is currently the CEO of the Noumair Foundation an International Think Tank Entity, and the Millennium Group a Management Consulting Firm operating out of the DC Metro Area. Dr. Noumair is a Professor of Management at several Leading American and European Universities Lecturing and Researching on Management, Higher Education, Information Technology, Philosophy and Ethics Courses.
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Eric Olesen
Photo of Eric Olesen  Eric Olesen is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and leads their Workforce Analytics function. Mr. Olesen has over 15 years in the fields of Applied Statistics and Predictive Analytics in the areas of Human Capital, Quantitative Market Research, and Survey Methodology.  He spent the first part of his career in client facing roles at the Gallup Organization helping Fortune 100 organizations link their key performance metrics to employee and customer engagement.  Mr. Olesen also specialized in creating predictive models to help organization be more proactive in areas such as reducing attrition, identifying drivers of quality hires, and succession management.
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This instructor has taught:
Human Capital Analytics
Sukari Pinnock
Photo of Sukari Pinnock Sukari Pinnock is an Organization Development practitioner, specializing in Team Building, Leadership Development, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Work, and Leadership Coaching. She is also a member of the teaching team for the Masters of Organization Development program at the American University (AU/NTL) where she serves as both a Learning Community Facilitator and a Practicum Advisor. She is an experienced trainer of Diversity and Inclusion workshops and training programs, specializing in cultural competence, mental models and dynamics of inclusion. Pinnock serves as the Steward of the NTL Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Community of Practice.
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This instructor has taught:
Theories of Diversity and Inclusion
Dori Ramsey
Photo of Dori Ramsey Dori Ramsey is the Director of Organization and Employee Development at Washington Gas. In this role she is responsible for directing the talent management strategies, including leadership development, knowledge management, succession planning, career planning, performance management, workforce planning and development, and change management initiatives.
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John Sigmon
Photo of John Sigmon John Sigmon is a recognized leader and change agent with a track record of dedicated Federal and private sector experience. With more than 25 years of senior leadership experience he has developed a consistent record of successful achievement in complex, multi-mission organizations. John is a recognized leader in business process modernization in both the private (not for profit, for profit) and public sectors. 
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This instructor has taught:
Strategic Human Capital Development
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