Our Faculty & Staff
Below is a directory of the faculty and staff of the Staley School of Leadership Studies. To connect with any of us, use the email information below or call 785-532-6085.
Tamara Bauer teaches several leadership studies classes ranging from 20 to 150 students: LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 312: Peer Leader Practicum, LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice and LEAD 195: First in the Family CAT Community.
Tamara is passionate about creating experiential learning opportunities with her students to actively learn and apply leadership concepts to their lives. She coordinates the Class Leader program where she prepares roughly 60 undergraduate students each year to serve as peer-teachers in LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts. She also teaches a first-year connection course specifically for first-generation students to college and serves on the advisory board of Cats' Cupboard: The K-State Food Pantry.
Top 5 Strenghts: Learner; Achiever; Includer; Strategic; Woo
Favorite Quote: "Leadership is taking responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty" – Marshall Ganz
B.S. Kansas State University
Amanda Cebula serves the Staley School as an instructor for the undergraduate minor. She is no stranger to leadership education, spending a good portion of her life connected to organizations and programs focused on leadership development. From participating in high school organizations focused on leadership as well as completing the K-State Leadership minor, to most recently working with the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita, Kansas, Amanda is passionate about helping others work together to create change.
Amanda is most excited about connecting with the students at Kansas State University. One hope of hers is to help them discover what they care about as well as how they can make a difference, not just in their lives after college, but right now. In addition to Amanda's role as faculty, she also serves as the Mortar Board College Senior Honor Society Advisor.
Top 5 Strengths: Communication; Strategic; Responsibility; Achieve; Futuristic.
Favorite Quote: "With great power, comes great responsibility." -Spiderman's Uncle Ben
B.S. Kansas State University
|Gov. John Carlin||Visiting Professor, Executive-in-Residenceemail@example.com|
Former 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.
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
B.S. Kansas State University
|Mike Finnegan||Assistant Professor, Academic Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Mike Finnegan, Ph.D. focuses his energy on helping students develop their confidence and capacity to exercise leadership. He primarily teaches LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice, and LEAD 450 Senior Seminar.
Mike's passion for leadership education stems from his own involvement with sports teams and learning communities throughout high school and college. As he navigated his career in higher education, Mike learned the value of building relationships during his time as an Admissions Representative, Assistant Director of New Students Services, and now as a faculty member with the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Mike has always been interested in how students transition in, through, and out of college. Mike believes engagement is central to our overall well-being and work purposefully to encourage others to keep their mind where there feet are.
Mike loves coming to work every day because he works with his best friends. Collectively, the faculty teach a values based curriculum aimed at enhancing student's ability to exercise leadership to make progress on community identified needs. The work is collaborative in nature and Mike feels at his best when developing and delivering leadership curriculum for students, community partners, and working professionals. He is a Snyder Fellow Coach, Strengths Advocate, and a High-Five guy. If you have not met Mike yet, he looks forward to meeting you and learning more about your story.
Top 5 Strengths: Woo; Communication; Maximizer; Adaptability; Positivity.
Favorite Quote: "Comfort zones are beautiful places, but nothing ever grows there." unknown
B.S. Kansas State University
|Trisha Gott||Interim Director, Assistant Professoremail@example.com|
Trisha Gott, Ed.D., joined the Staley School in 2009 and is currently serving as interim director while Mary Tolar serves as the university's interim vice provost of student success. Trish teaches select courses in the leadership minor, supports service-learning initiatives, and advances the Staley School's strategic plan.
Trish serves as co-director of the university's Coffman Leadership Institute, a developmental experience for K-State faculty and staff. She also serves as co-director of the Mandela Washington Fellows Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute, a six-week summer institute for young African leaders at K-State.
Top 5 Strengths: Connectedness; Strategic; Ideation; Empathy; Intellection.
Favorite Quote: "The daughters of lions are lions, too." — Swahili Proverb
B.S. Kansas State University
|Brandon W. Kliewer||Assistant Professor of Civic Leadershipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Brandon Kliewer, Ph.D., specializes in understanding change through the lens of leadership coaching, complexity, systems, and deliberation. His teaching and research is often done with organizations and community attempting to exercise leadership for change.
Brandon is an assistant professor of civic leadership in the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Brandon studies civic leadership through the lens of leadership coaching, deliberative civic engagement, democratic theory, and systems change. He is currently working on a series of manuscripts that report the results of civic leadership development programs, deliberative civic engagement forums, and community engagement theories and practices. His scholarship often involves undergraduate & graduate students, community members, and working professionals in ways that create the conditions to mobilize new knowledge for systems and organizational change. Brandon holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in political science and a Master's degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. View my curriculum vitae.
Top 5 Strengths: Strategic; Achiever; Learner; Input; Individualization
Favorite Quote: "To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela
B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
|Chance Lee||Assistant Professoremail@example.com|
Chance Lee, Ph.D., teaches core and elective courses at the Staley School including: LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 350: Culture and Context of Leadership, LEAD 420: Theories of Nonprofit Leadership, and LEAD 450: Senior Seminar.
In addition, Dr. Chance Lee directs the Nonprofit Leadership Focus of the Leadership minor, overseeing advising, internships, professional development events, and curriculum for the program. His research interests include cross-cultural and global leadership, nonprofit leadership, and university immersive programs, both abroad and domestic.
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
B.S. Kansas State University
|Kaitlin Long||Administrator of Student Programsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Kaitlin works with several of the student-led programs at the Staley School including International Service Teams and HandsOn K-State. She also advises the Staley School Ambassadors, works with enrollment management, and teaches LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice.
Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Empathy, Relator, Developer, Connectedness
Favorite Quote: "There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela
B.S. Kansas State University
|Andrea Luke||Program Manageremail@example.com|
Andrea Luke is responsible for the administrative operations of the Staley School of Leadership Studies. This includes planning and logistics for school-sponsored events, performing unit-level HR, and financial functions. Andrea aids in supporting the schools efforts in development, communications, and grant-supported initiative and projects.
Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Achiever, Woo, Relator, Arranger
Favorite Quote: "The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead."-Bill George
B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University
|Kerry Priest||Associate Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Kerry Priest, Ph.D., teaches LEAD 801: Foundations of Leadership (Online), LEAD 820: Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership Theory & Practice LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice. Other courses taught: LEAD 212: Intro to Leadership
Kerry joined the Staley School faculty team in Fall 2012. As a teacher, she has worked to integrate critical perspectives and engaged methods/pedagogies of practice in courses that create the conditions for students to exercise leadership, as well as contribute to scholarship that advances the field of leadership education.
Kerry's research agenda explores the intersections of leadership development and community-engaged teaching and learning in higher education, specifically through lines of inquiry around leadership identity, leadership educator identity, and pedagogies of practice for leadership education. These lines intend to expand interpretative, collective frameworks of leadership for the purpose of social justice and social change.
Kerry's professional service goals are integrated with scholarship in two ways: 1) Advancing leadership educator communities of practice and 2) Building capacity of individuals, institutions, and communities to exercise leadership for change. Locally, she engages in activity that supports the Staley School's mission and benefits the students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff, and community. As a member of the International Leadership Association and Association of Leadership Educators, Kerry has participated in activities that help to advance the network of relationships, scholarly priorities, and professional best-practices for leadership educators in higher education.
Prior to her time in higher education, Kerry worked in the areas of leadership training and development, curriculum design, and program/project management for youth, corporate, and non-profit organizations.
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
B.S. Kansas State University
|Mary Kay Siefers||Senior Associate Director, Assistant Professoremail@example.com|
Mary 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. Mary Kay also serves as the director for the secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership where she teaches LEAD/GENAG 225: Fundamentals of Global Food Systems Leadership and LEAD/GENAG 325: Exploring Uncertainty in Global Food Systems Leadership.
Mary Kay is passionate about her work with the 1000 plus students in the leadership program in creating knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world. As an instructor, Mary Kay is committed to designing transformational learning experiences that result in significant enough changes in students that both they and others recognize. 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.
Mary Kay is also a certified leadership coach with the Kansas Leadership Center. In her coaching she partners with her clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
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
B.S. Kansas State University
|Tim Steffensmeier||Associate Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Tim Steffensmeier, Ph.D., is an associate professor and director of the Leadership Communication doctoral program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies. This is a joint appointment as director of research at the Kansas Leadership Center based in Wichita, Kansas.
Tim's publications focus on civic leadership, public deliberation, and rhetoric. This research has been grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Kettering Foundation, and Interactivity Foundation. Tim brings consulting experience with companies and communities on leadership development and communication skills. This includes serving as faculty for the Kansas Leadership Center since 2010. Tim is a former department head of Communication Studies at Kansas State University (2012-2017) and served as editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation. Tim has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in communication Studies/Rhetoric.
Favorite Quote: "I want to be thoroughly used up when I die"- G. Shaw
B.A. Hastings College
|Natasha Taylor||Office Specialistemail@example.com|
Natasha Taylor serves as the first point of contact for the Staley School. She uses her passions of helping people and beautifying her environment every day as she supports our students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and guests by connecting them with the information they need.
Natasha also manages the Leadership Studies building; reserving space and coordinating with campus partners to keep it beautiful and in great condition. She and her family moved to Manhattan from Southern California where they have lived all their lives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and has worked in education and administration for over 20 years; from preschool to college environments. Natasha loves reading, traveling, and adventuring with her family.
Top 5 Strengths: Harmony; Positivity; Developer; Arranger; Empathy.
Favorite Quote: "People may hear your words but they feel your attitude." - John C. Maxwell
B.A. California State University, Fullerton
|Mary Hale Tolar||Interim Vice Provost of Student Success, Associate Professorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
For the past 10 years, Mary Hale Tolar, Ed.D., has served as the Director of the Staley School. She is currently serving as the interim vice provost of student success, providing leadership in the student retention, success and progression areas of the university's strategic enrollment management efforts.
Mary has taught multiple leadership studies courses, with an emphasis on ethical dimensions of leadership. She serves as a member of the Provost Staff, affiliate faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and associate with K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.
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; Context; Learner; Input.
Favorite Quote: "A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." —Henrik Ibsen
B.A. Kansas State University
|Andy Wefald||Associate Professor, Academic Advisoremail@example.com|
Andy Wefald, Ph.D., teaches Introduction to Leadership Concepts (Intro) and Senior Seminar
Andrew conducts research broadly around the topic of leadership. Current projects include research examining self-authored leadership projects, coaching & coachability, and political skill. Research interests are mostly around leadership and psychology with a focus on quantitative data research methods. Specific interests include developing meaningful leadership projects for students and creating coaching cultures in the classroom and in the workplace.
Top 5 Strengths: Deliberative; Input; Context; Learner; Discipline.
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
B.A. Iowa State University
Learn more about our student staff and the meaningful work they contribute to the Staley School.
Affiliated Faculty and Staff
|Patti H. Clayton||Visiting Scholar|
Patti H. Clayton, Ph.D., is an independent consultant for PHC Ventures with over 15 years of experience as a practitioner-scholar and educational developer in community-campus engagement and experiential education. She assists the Staley School with the Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership, the Ph.D. in Leadership Communication, and collaborates with faculty on community-engaged scholarship and programming.
She serves as a senior scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and with the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She facilitates institution-wide visioning and planning processes for community-campus engagement, supports campuses in applying for and leveraging the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, guides inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional scholarly collaborations, and facilitates professional development across all partners in community-campus engagement.
Patti co-developed the DEAL Model for Critical Reflection and the SOFAR partnership model and co-produced student and instructor versions of the tutorial Learning through Critical Reflection. She was co-editor with Bringle and Hatcher of the 2-volume set Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment and co-authored the Democratic Engagement White Paper with Saltmarsh and Hartley. Patti’s current scholarship interests include civic learning, place-engaged community engagement, institutional transformation for and through engagement, and the dynamics of ‘‘with-ness’’ in democratic partnerships that position all partners as co-educators, co-learners, and co-generators of knowledge. She is currently co-facilitating the international Service-Learning and Community Engagement Future Directions Project with Stanlick, Zlotkowski, and Howard; this multi-year, multi-venue, multi-voice project invites anyone interested in service-learning and community engagement to share and critique ideas for the future of this work.
|Shah Hasan||Visiting Scholar|
Shah Hasan is an experienced administrator and faculty member, having served at The College of Wooster, The Ohio State University, Kansas State University, West Virginia University, Franklin University, Columbus State Community College, Otterbein University, Ohio Dominican University, Urbana University and most recently at Virginia International University. He is a frequent consultant and speaker and has presented over a hundred large- and small-audience presentations, principally in the areas of developing leadership, managing change and transition, strategic enterprise planning, and managing organizations. Over the years he has grown a passion for leadership development and for facilitating enterprise innovation that empowers learners to help change the world.
Always a teacher, after a 10-year period working directly with college students, Hasan served as faculty member and administrator at Franklin University with principal responsibilities for developing the Online MBA, faculty staffing and development, as well as teaching courses in the MBA and graduate Marketing and Communications programs. Students selected Hasan for the Robert Bailey Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2003, he was also nominated and listed as a recipient of the “100 Ohio Educators of Distinction” Award.
At Columbus State, Hasan was responsible for directing strategic human capacity development, and designed and led an institutional leadership development program for faculty, staff, and administrators. At Otterbein, Hasan served as Director of the MBA Program. He also served as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, with leadership responsibility for graduate and adult undergraduate programs at Otterbein University. Hasan has served as Dean of the Division of Business at Ohio Dominican University. At Urbana University, after initial work as Dean and Professor of Management at the College of Business, Hasan served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Urbana University and later Virginia International University.
Active in a number of civic and professional associations, Hasan was a long-time member of and peer reviewer for the Academy of Management. He has also previously served on the Board of Trustees of the West Virginia Alliance for Women’s Studies, the International Practitioner Board of the Academy for Leadership and Development (for Institutions of Higher Education), the WOSU Radio Advisory Board, the Columbus Metropolitan Club, including a term as president, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. He has served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, and on the boards of the Girl Scouts Heartland of Ohio Council, the Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus. Most recently, Hasan chaired the Steering Committee of The Burkhart Center, and founded the reading and discussion group called Much Matters.
Hasan earned a B.A. from The College of Wooster, a M.A. from The Ohio State University, a MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University. He is the author of Leading Rites: Ritualization and Leadership in Faculty Professional Life (2017).
Hasan lives in Hilliard, Ohio, with his wife and daughter.
Retired Faculty and Staff
Lynda Bachelor directed HandsOn Kansas State, a student-led volunteer action center that promotes civic learning and leadership through service and service-learning activities.
Lynda promoted leadership through community involvement. Her non-profit and for-profit experience brought a practitioner's view to the Staley School's classes and programs. She was exceptional at involving students and community members in meaningful service through coursework, trainings, group activities and volunteer opportunities that benefitted the community and helped students develop the civic leadership skills they need to become community leaders.
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.
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.
Candi Hironaka began her work at K-State in 1996 as a Learning Skills Specialist with the Academic Assistance Center. In June of 2000, she moved to the Staley School of Leadership Studies, where she served as Senior Associate Director and Instructor.
Outside of the Staley School of Leadership Studies, Candi has been a co-chair of Cultural Community Harmony Week with Spanish Professor Doug Benson since 1999. Hironaka has also served as faculty advisor for the Mortar Board Senior Honorary. Candi taught kindergarten, first, second and third grade for 22 years before she and her husband, Bernard Pitts, moved to Kansas. She was selected for the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Minority Students in 2004.
Irma O'Dell, Ph.D., joined the Staley School faculty in July of 2005, serving as an Associate Professor until her retirement in May 2018.
Irma taught several core courses for the minor, including LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice, and LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies. As a faculty member, she was particularly influential in the Staley School's curriculum and program assessment. Irma encouraged her students to be their authentic self, help create a learning community, and engage in critical thinking.
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.
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.
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.
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 Times, USA Today, Education Week, Reader's Digest, Rolling Stone, and Oprah's O magazine.