Faculty and Staff

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Alphabetical Listing 

Lynda BachelorProject Coordinator, HandsOn Kansas Statebachelor@k-state.edu

Lynda BachelorLynda directs HandsOn Kansas State, which is a student-led volunteer action center that promotes civic learning and leadership through service and service-learning activities.

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She promotes leadership through community involvement. Her non-profit and for-profit experience brings a practitioner’s view to the School’s classes and programs.

Involving students (and community members) in meaningful service through coursework, trainings, group activities and volunteer opportunities, benefits not only the community but help students develop the civic leadership skills to become community leaders.

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Adaptability, Woo, Communication, Positivity

Favorite Quote: “When I give, I give myself.” —Walt Whitman “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Tamara BauerInstructortamara@k-state.edu

TamaraBauerTamara is teaching LEAD 212 Intro. to Leadership Concepts this semester.

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Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Includer, Strategic, Woo

Favorite Quote: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? ” —Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Nidhi BhandariInstructornidhim@k-state.edu

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As an instructor in Leadership Studies, Nidhi teaches classes in the minor, serves in committees, works with class leaders and advises students.

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In the past four years at the School of Leadership Studies, Nidhi has taught Introduction to Leadership Concepts, Culture and Context in Leadership Studies, Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies, Nonprofit Internship Seminar. She has also served as an advisor to the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association.

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Developer, Relator, Harmony, Connectedness

Favorite Quote: “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance. ” —J. Donald Walter

Education

M.B.A. Kansas State University

Gov. John CarlinVisiting Professor, Executive-in-Residencejwcarlin@k-state.edu

John CarlinCarlin teaches a masters level leadership seminar course and an undergraduate course in practical politics. Both courses focus on the practical rather than theoretical aspects of leadership.

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John enjoys working with students and helping prepare them to be the agents of change that the world needs. “I'm thrilled to be a part of this program and particularly at a time with so much need for leadership and opportunities to succeed.”

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Arranger, Responsibility, Connectedness

Favorite Quote: “Citizens must understand the possibilities and limitations of leadership. We must know how we can strengthen and support good leaders; and we must be able to see through the leaders who are exploiting us, playing on our hatred and prejudice, or taking us down dangerous paths.” -John W Gardner

Education

B.S. Kansas State University

Dr. Gilbert DavilaAssistant Professor, Academic Advisorgdavila@k-state.edu

Gilbert DavilaGilbert teaches two of the program’s core courses: LEAD 350 Culture and Context in Leadership Studies and LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice. Davila also collaborates with colleagues to insure that a “uniformed” curriculum is in place to meet the demands of accountability, and provides needed research to support the program.

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Previously, Dr. Davila was the coordinator for bilingual education/ English as a Second Language with the Midwest Equity Assistance Center at Kansas State University.

Top 5 Strengths: Adaptability, Positivity, Empathy, Includer, Developer

Favorite Quote: “An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success ” —Stephen R. Covey

Education

B.S. Texas Tech
M.A. Kansas State University
Ph.D. Kansas State University

Sarah DonleyGraduate Research Assistantsdonley@k-state.edu

Sarah joins the School of Leadership Studies as a Graduate Research Assistant specializing in qualitative methodology.  She is also a PhD Candidate of Sociology. Sarah's research interests center on gender and work.

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Top 5 Strenghts: Input, Analytical, Strategic, Learner, Activator

Favorite Quote: "Causes are only lost when people give up" -- Xena Warrior Princess

Education

B.A. University of Nebraska-Omaha
M.A. Kansas State University

Leigh E. FineVisiting Assistant Professorfine@k-state.edu

Leigh E. FineA graduate of the Leadership Studies minor at Kansas State, Leigh Fine is now a faculty member with the School of Leadership Studies. He teaches LEAD 212 Intro. to Leadership Concepts this semester.

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While an undergraduate at Kansas State University, Leigh earned a minor in Leadership Studies. He completed his doctorate in Sociology at Ohio State University.  He engages with students through teaching Introduction to Leadership Concepts and Culture and Context in Leadership.

His scholarship primarily focuses on gender and sexuality’s effects on educational outcomes; other research interests include social construction, queer leadership, and social movements and change.  Leigh is excited to contribute toward the mission of the School of Leadership Studies through work with students and collaboration with colleagues.

Top 5 Strengths: Input, WOO, Achiever, Communication, Strategic

Favorite Quote: “You can’t hate someone whose story you know.” –Anonymous

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.A. University of Delaware
M.A. Ohio State University
Ph.D. Ohio State University

Mike FinneganAssistant Professor, Academic Advisormikefinn@k-state.edu

Mike FinneganMike Finnegan is primarily responsible for teaching LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts. He also directs the StrengthsQuest™ program across campus.

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Finnegan is extremely dedicated to teach leadership concepts that students can learn in the classroom and apply to their personal-development, student organizations, and living groups.

“We teach a value based curriculum and students enjoy learning about themselves and learning from the life experiences of their classmates. We are just as much in the business of relationship building as we are leadership.”

Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Communication, Maximizer, Adaptability, Positivity

Favorite Quote: “When you come to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on ” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
MCSPA University of Central Missouri
Ph.D. Kansas State University

Trisha GottAssistant Director, Instructortcgott@k-state.edu

Trisha GottTrisha supports the Alternative Breaks and International Service Teams programs. She teaches select courses in the leadership minor and supports service-learning initiatives.

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Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness, Strategic, Ideation, Empathy, Intellection

Favorite Quote: “The daughters of lions are lions, too. ” —Swahili Proverb

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Marcia HornungCoordinator of Partnerships, Instructorhornung@k-state.edu
Marcia Hornung

Marcia coordinates partnership development initiatives for the School of Leadership Studies, both across campus and in the community. She also teaches courses and advises students in the nonprofit focus.

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Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Adaptability, Ideation, Input, Deliberative

Favorite quote: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver

Education

B.A. Kansas State University
M.P.A. Kansas State University

 
Lori KniffinAdvisor of Academic Programslkniffin@k-state.edu

Lori KniffinLori works to serve students through supporting the recruitment, retention, and alumni efforts at Leadership Studies. She also greatly enjoys advising the School of Leadership Studies Ambassadors. She also teaches the third core course in the minor, LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice.

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Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Discipline, Achiever, Focus, Consistency

Favorite Quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. —Dan Hayes

Education

B.S. Kansas State University

Chance LeeInstructorchance@k-state.edu

Chance LeeChance serves as the instructor for two sections of LEAD 350 Culture and Context in Leadership and LEAD 420 Theories of Nonprofit Leadership elective course. 

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Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Developer, Harmony, Arranger, Adaptability

Favorite Quote: “Perceptions are portraits, not photographs, and their form reveals the artist’s hand every bit as much as it reflects the things portrayed” -Daniel Gilbert

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Charminade University

J.R. LoveGraduate Teaching Assistantjrlove51@k-state.edu

J.R. LoveJ.R. has been involved in teaching each of the core classes in the School of Leadership Studies. This semseter, he is teaching two sections of LEAD 450 Senior Seminar.

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J.R. is a firm believer in student leadership on a college campus. A former student body president while at Mississippi State University, he is now completing his doctoral degree at K-State in the College of Education.

Top 5 Strengths: Developer, Belief, Adaptability, Relator, Context

Favorite Quote: “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” — John Wesley

Education

B.A. Mississippi State University
M.B.A. Delta State University

Kristin MarshAdministrative Officertin@k-state.edu

Kristin MarshKristin serves as administrative officer for the School of Leadership Studies. Her time is spent providing administrative support for the faculty, assisting the director in various projects and communications while also acting as personnel specialist for the department.

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Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Achiever, Learner, Maximizer, Activator

Education

B.S. Kansas State University

Josh MosierExecutive Director, Kansas Campus Compactjoshuamo@k-state.edu

Josh MosierJosh directs the Kansas Campus Compact organization housed in the School of Leadership Studies.  

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Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Relator, Individualization, Consistency, Woo

Favorite Quote: "The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." ― Christopher McCandless

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.P.A. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Irma O'DellAssociate Professorirmao@k-state.edu

Chance LeeO'Dell teaches the capstone course, LEAD 450 Senior Seminar in Leadership. O'Dell is also excited to engage in scholarship in the areas of leadership theory and development.

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Irma O'Dell eagerly embraces the opportunities she encounters in her charges of teaching, program assessment, and scholarship. She is pleased to collaborate with colleagues in their endeavor to develop a portfolio system for the students enrolled in the minor.

Program assessment is what we faculty members can do in order to demonstrate to ourselves that we actually do what we say we do and satisfies the demands for accountability. Program assessment is an undertaking that involves all faculty members and she is pleased to facilitate this process.

Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Harmony, Deliberative, Analytical, Individualization

Favorite Quote: “We must always attempt to lift as we climb. ” —Angela Davis

Education

B.S. George Williams College
M.S.Ed. Southern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Kerry PriestAssistant Professorkerryp@k-state.edu

Kerry PriestKerry is teaching LEAD 212 Intro to Leadership Concepts, as well as working with the Soaring with Eagles Foundation.

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A lifelong student of leadership, before returning to K-State, Kerry served as the Interim Director for the Residential Leadership Community at Virginia Tech. Her experience outside the classroom includes working in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, specifically in the areas of leadership training for youth and adults, curriculum design and development, and program/project management.

Her research interests include constructionist perspectives on leadership and learning, leadership identity, and the use of learning communities as a strategy for student leadership development in higher education.

Top 5 Strengths: Individualization, Connectedness, Input, Learner, Intellection

Favorite Quote: “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." -Margaret Wheatly

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. University of Georgia
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Mary Kay SiefersSenior Associate Director, Assistant Professormarykay@k-state.edu

Mary Kay SiefersMary Kay Siefers currently teaches LEAD 350 Culture and Context of Leadership. During her tenure with the School of Leadership Studies, Siefers has taught all of the core courses as well as an elective course, Women and Leadership. 

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One of Siefers’ goals as an instructor is to create a learning community that values each member’s experiences and life stories so that students can discuss pertinent leadership issues and learn from one another.

In addition to her teaching duties, Siefers coordinates curriculum issues for academic minor such as scope and sequence, course scheduling, and teaching assignments.

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Adaptability, Positivity, Woo, Includer

Favorite Quote: “It is not our differences that divide us; it’s our judgments about each other that do. ” —Margaret Wheatley

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University
Ph.D. Kansas State University

Monica StrathmanBusiness Managermonicap@k-state.edu

Monica Strathman Strathman provides fiscal management for the School of Leadership Studies.

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Monica Strathman is passionate about serving students and providing them quality opportunities to serve in the community. She also plays a key role in keeping the School of Leadership Studies in line, on track, and moving forward – and having developed relationships across campus over her 23 years at K-State, Strathman keeps us all connected.

Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Empathy, Communication, Positivity, Activator

Favorite Quote: “And when we think we lead, we are most led." — Lord Byron

Education

B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Mary Hale TolarDirector, Associate Professormtolar@k-state.edu

Mary Hale TolarAs Director of the School of Leadership Studies, Dr. Mary Tolar works with faculty and staff to provide learning experiences aligned with the mission of “developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.”

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Tolar teaches LEAD 502 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership, Women and Leadership, directs the Coffman Leadership Institute, and partners with K-State’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Center for Engagement & Community Development.

Tolar is a Rhodes Scholar, Truman Scholar, founding member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and co-author/editor of The Lucky Few and the Worthy Many: Scholarships and the World’s Future Leaders (2004). Research interests focus on the art and practice of civic leadership development, women’s pathways to public service leadership, and undergraduate leadership development through applied learning.

Tolar considers developing students as scholars and citizens the civic purpose of higher education, and essential to a vital democracy and a healthy society. “The major challenges we face today are not simple matters of resources. They are not technical problems, but rather challenges that require new ways of thinking, marshalling resources in new ways to adapt to changing circumstances – challenges that call each of us to exercise leadership.

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Strategic, Input, Context, Learner

Favorite Quote: “A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. ” —Henrik Ibsen

Education

B.A. Kansas State University
M.Litt. Oxford University
Ed.D. Kansas State University

Kyle Van IttersumGraduate Research Assistantkwvan@k-state.edu

Kyle Van IttersumKyle Ittersum is a Graduate Research Assistant at the School of Leadership Studies.

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Top 5 Strengths:Harmony, Consistency, Learner, Intellection, Input

Favorite Quote: “And when we think we lead, we are most led." — Lord Byron

Education

B.A. Truman State University
M.S. Kansas State University

Andy WefaldAssistant Professor, Academic Advisorwefald@k-state.edu

Andy WefaldAndrew teaches the capstone course, LEAD 450 Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies and LEAD 502 Theories of Leadership, as well as various other courses.

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Andrew’s research focuses on the fields of leadership, organizational behavior, and positive psychology. Specifically, he researches engagement in the work place, job attitudes, leadership, personality, and discrimination in hiring decisions.

Top 5 Strengths: Consistency, Input, Context, Learner, Discipline

Favorite Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ” —John Quincy Adams

Education

B.A. Iowa State University
M.B.A. Kansas State University
Ph.D. Kansas State University

Steve WilliamsCustodial Specialist

Custodial Specialist