FacultyStaff

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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 Staley 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

Ana Luiza de Campos PaulaGraduate Studentalpaula@k-state.edu

Ana Luiza de Compos PaulaAna joined the Staley School of Leadership Studies as a Graduate Research Assistant specializing in qualitative methodology. She is also a PhD Candidate of Sociology focusing her research on land tenure and race issues

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Top 5 Strengths:  Activator, Arranger, Empathy, Input, Learner.

Favorite Quote"Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace" (Mother Teresa).

Education

B.S. University of Sao Paulo
M.S. Auburn University

Lori LaVezziAdministrative Officerlori29@k-state.edu

Lori LaVezziLori serves as administrative officer for the Staley School of Leadership Studies. She provides administrative support for the director, faculty, and students, while also acting as personnel specialist for the department.

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Lori just retired from the Air Force after 25 years and is thrilled to be back at K-State and a part of the School of Leadership Studies team. She hopes that sharing her leadership experiences will help students develop into caring, passionate leaders. Her favorite color is purple and she loves college football--go Cats!

Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Individualization, Responsibility, Learner, Positivity

Favorite Qute: The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership." Colin Powell

Education
B.S. Kansas State University
M.S. Air University

Leigh E. FineAssistant 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 Staley 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

Jackie HarmonAdministrative Support Specialistjharmon@ksu.edu
Jackie harmonHarmon is part of the administrative support staff. She provides continuity in the day-to-day operations of the business office.

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Jackie Harmon believes a better world begins by developing the relationships with the people around us. We must be open to new ideas, embrace change, and respect our differences.
Top 5 Strengths: Relator, Empathy, Consistency, Responsibility, Adaptability

Favorite QuoteTo laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
Eric HartmanAssistant Professorehartman@ksu.edu
Eric Hartman

Eric Hartman's research and practice focus on the development of intercultural understanding and global citizenship, with particular attention to opportunities for community-driven development and the expansion of rights. He teaches Culture and Context in Leadership and the Honors Leadership Seminar.

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In 2013, he received the Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He has also been recognized for the applied impact of his engaged work, with the 4 Under 40 Impact Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. More recently, he has been central to developing an approach to community-university partnership called Fair Trade Learning. Eric serves on the Board of Directors for Amizade Global Service-Learning, where he was Executive Director from 2007 – 2010. At SLS, Eric works with global engagement programming, including International Service Teams and the partnership with Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic. Achiever. Futuristic. Self-Assurance. Arranger

Favorite Quote: "Happy the youth who believes that his duty is to remake the world and bring it more in accord with virtue and justice, more in accord with his own heart. Woe to whoever commences his life without lunacy." - Nikos Kazantzakis

Education

B.A. Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

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

Marcia Hornung

Marcia coordinates partnership development initiatives for the Staley 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

Brandon W. KliewerAssistant Professor of Civic Leadershipbkliewer@ksu.edu

Brandon Kliewer

Brandon is interested in the intersection of civic leadership and community-engaged scholarship. His goal is to create scholarly experiences for students and community partners that breathe life into the purposes and processes of democracy and focus on addressing community-identified issues.

His research and teaching interests align with the normative foundations of community-engaged leadership, community-engaged scholarship, deliberative civic engagement, and democratic theory.

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He is currently working on a series of articles related to community-engaged scholarship extending from online learning platforms, biopower, and civic leadership. In addition to this work Brandon is preparing a book length project related to community-engaged leadership, deliberative civic engagement, community organizing, and social change movements.

Favorite Quote: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Education

B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D. The University of Georgia

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 Staley 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. Chaminade 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 Staley 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 Staley 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 Staley 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 Staley 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 Staley 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