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Alphabetical Listing for Current Faculty and Staff 

Alphabetical Listing for Retired Faculty and Staff

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

Lynda Bachelor

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

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

Involving students and community members in meaningful service through coursework, trainings, group activities and volunteer opportunities benefits the community and helps students develop the civic leadership skills they need 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 Bauer teaches LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts and LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice.

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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 Nidhi Bhandari teaches leadership studies classes, serves on committees, works with LEAD 212 Class Leaders, and advises students.

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In her past four years at the Staley School, Nidhi has taught LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership, LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies, and LEAD 499: 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 CarlinFormer Governor John Carlin teaches a master's-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 change agents that the world needs. “I'm thrilled to be a part of this program, 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

Lori LaVezziAdministrative Officerlori29@k-state.edu

Lori LaVezziLori LaVezzi serves as the 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 recently retired from the Air Force after 25 years and is thrilled to be back at Kansas State and part of the Staley School 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 Quote: 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

Ana Luiza de Campos PaulaGraduate Research Assistantalpaula@k-state.edu

Ana Luiza de Compos PaulaAna Luiza de Campos Paula joined the Staley School of Leadership Studies as a graduate research assistant specializing in qualitative methodology. She is also a Ph.D. 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

Leigh E. FineAssistant Professorfine@k-state.edu

Leigh E. FineA graduate of the leadership studies minor at Kansas State, Leigh Fine, Ph.D., is now a faculty member with the Staley School of Leadership Studies. He teaches LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts and LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership.

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Leigh completed his doctorate in sociology at Ohio State University.  He enjoys engaging with students through teaching.

Leigh's scholarship focuses primarily on he effects gender and sexuality have 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 Staley School 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, Ph.D., is primarily responsible for teaching LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice. He also directs the StrengthsQuest™ program across campus.

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Mike is extremely dedicated to teaching 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 Gott supports the Alternative Breaks and International Service Teams programs. She teaches select courses in the leadership minor, supports service-learning initiatives, and serves as the assistant director for the Staley School.

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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@k-state.edu

Jackie harmonJakie Harmon is part of the administrative support staff. She provides continuity in the day-to-day operations of the Staley School's main office.

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Jackie 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 Quote: "To 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@k-state.edu
Eric Hartman

Eric Hartman, Ph.D., researches the development of intercultural understanding and global citizenship, with particular attention to opportunities for community-driven development and the expansion of rights. 

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In 2013, Eric 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 the Staley School, 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 Hornung coordinates partnership-development initiatives for the Staley School, 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@k-state.edu

Brandon Kliewer

Brandon Kliewer, Ph.D., 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.

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

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.

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic; Achiever; Learner; Input; Individualization.

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. University of Georgia

Lori KniffinAdvisor of Academic Programslkniffin@k-state.edu

Lori KniffinLori Kniffin works to serve students by supporting the recruitment, retention, and alumni efforts at leadership studies. She also greatly enjoys advising the Staley School Ambassadors, and teaching 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
M.S. Kansas State University

Chance LeeInstructorchance@k-state.edu

Chance LeeChance Lee serves as an instructor for LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership and LEAD 420: Theories of Nonprofit Leadership. 

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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 LeeIrma O'Dell, Ph.D., teaches the capstone course, LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies. She also engages in scholarship in the areas of leadership theory and development.

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Irma 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 faculty members can do in order to demonstrate to ourselves that we actually do what we say we do and satisfy the demand for accountability. Program assessment is an undertaking that involves all faculty members and I am 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 Priest, Ph.D., teaches LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts and LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice. She also coaches Lead 212 Class Leaders as part of the Peer Leader Practicum.

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Kerry strives to be a teacher-leader and a leader-scholar through engaged and integrative approaches to teaching, scholarship, and service. She is passionate about exercising leadership for and with her students, community partners, and professional colleagues to advance the field of leadership education.

Her scholarship explores the intersections of leadership and learning, including leadership identity development, leadership pedagogy, and high impact practices for leadership education (learning communities, service-learning, community-engagement, and peer leadership).

Kerry has experience 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. Before returning to K-State, Kerry served as the Interim Director for the Residential Leadership Community at Virginia Tech. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Leadership Educators and is a member of the International Leadership Association.

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.A.L. 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, Ph.D., teaches LEAD 350: Culture and Context of Leadership and LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies. During her tenure with the Staley School, she has taught all of the core courses as well as an elective course, Women and Leadership. 

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One of Mary Kay's goals as a professor 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, Mary Kay coordinates the curriculum for the 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

Theo StavropoulosCommunications Coordinator/Special ProjectsTheo.stav@gmail.com

Theo Theo Stavropoulos develops and coordinates strategic communications for the Staley School and the Office of the Provost.

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Top 5 Strengths: Strategic; Ideation; Context; Restorative; Idividualization.

Favorite Quote: "Change is inevitable; progress is not." —Max McKeown

Education

B.S. Kansas State University

Monica StrathmanBusiness Managermonicap@k-state.edu

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

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Monica 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 – having developed relationships across campus over her 23 years at K-State, Monica keeps the Staley School 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, Mary Hale Tolar, Ed.D., 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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Mary has taught multiple leadership studies courses. She directs the Coffman Leadership Institute and partners with K-State’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Center for Engagement & Community Development.

Mary 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.

Mary 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 Van 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 WefaldAndy Wefald, Ph.D., teaches the capstone course, LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies, LEAD 502: Theories of Leadership, and various other courses.

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Andy’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: Deliberative; 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

Andy WefaldCustodial Specialist

Retired Faculty and Staff

Olivia Collins  

Olivia Collins

Olivia Collins, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in human ecology from K-State in 1990. She has served as a member of the K-State faculty since 1988 and, in 2003, as an instructor with the Staley School of Leadership Studies, helped establish the nonprofit leadership minor. Olivia also served as director of the American Humanics program from 2006 to 2014. She is an Assistant Professor Emerita at the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

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Olivia earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969 and a master's in human development and the family from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1984. She has been recognized with many leadership and service awards, including the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award in 2010 and the 2014 Susan M. Scott Community Leadership Award in recognition of her lifelong mission to inspire others to carry out their call to action.

 Susan Scott  

Susan Scott

Susan Scott, Ph.D., served as the founding Director of the Staley School of Leadership Studies until January 1, 2009. Prior to this position she held the lead position in the Dean of Student Life office and served as a counselor in University Counseling Services. Susan is an Associate Professor Emerita at Kansas State University.

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Susan developed and taught three of the four core courses for the minor. Additionally, she has published in the area of credibility and co-authored a book entitled, Leadership Lessons from Bill Snyder. Susan led the effort to secure 11 million dollars to build a home for the Staley School of Leadership Studies, and she oversaw the 36,000 square foot building project.

 Bob Shoop  

Bob Shoop

According to Bob Shoop, Ph.D., co-founder of the Staley School of Leadership Studies and former Director of the Cargill Center for Ethical Leadership at K-State, "Society needs a large pool of highly qualified individuals prepared to lead. The leadership studies program was developed to provide students with the experiences and training to allow them to become ethical, knowledgeable, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world." Bob is a Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University

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Bob's primary teaching responsibility was in the area of ethics and leadership. He is a nationally recognized expert in the area of leadership and school law. His research areas are leadership, equity, sexual harassment and abuse prevention. Recognized for his commitment to creating a positive learning environment, Bob has received both K-State's Outstanding Graduate Professor and Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Awards. He has served as a testifying forensic expert in over 100 court cases and serves as a consultant to school districts, universities, and corporations in the area of standards of care and harassment and abuse prevention. 

Bob is the author or co-author of 21 books and over 100 journal articles, monographs and book chapters, and has produced six educational video programs receiving national and international recognition. He is a frequent guest on national radio and television talk shows including: NPR's Talk of the Nation, the Today Show, CNN, and Outside the Lines with Bob Ley.  His work has been featured in numerous newspapers and popular magazines worldwide including the London Times, New York TimesUSA Today, Education Week, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, and Oprah's O magazine.