January 2008, Vol. 2(1)
College of Arts & Sciences
In this Issue: Dear friends,
News Following the encouraging and positive feedback received for the
ﬁrst issue of the MALER Newsletter, we decided to include the un-
dergraduate program also housed in the Center for Organizational
• Org. Leadership Leadership in this edition of the newsletter.
Features The Center has made a lot of progress since its inception in Septem-
• Graduate program ber 2003. We are proud to house the MALER program, which is well-
review - Report recognized in the community, and the B.A. in Organizational Leader-
• Student speak ship, one of the fastest growing majors in the Univeristy. In this issue
• New faculty members we have a variety of news items and features that we hope you will
enjoy reading. We hope that this Newsletter becomes an important
Photo: Ted K. Dass
• MALER update
medium to reach out to all our stakeholders. Please keep in touch!
• Org. Leadership -
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
Faculty Research Update Joe Gallo,
Future Events Center for Organizational Leadership
• 2nd MALER alumni social
Contact us: 13th Annual Spring Awards Banquet Leadership Panel
The Center held its 13th Annual Spring Awards Banquet on The Center organized a Leadership Panel on 19-Nov-
We’d love to hear your feedback 01-June-2007 at UC’s Faculty Club. This was the ﬁrst awards 2007 comprised of several distinguished professionals
on this issue and what you banquet that recognized graduating students from both in the ﬁeld of leadership education and practice. See
would like to see in the future. the MALER and the undergraduate Org. Leadership pro- report on page 7.
grams. Photos on page 4.
Expansion of undergraduate program
Let us know if you’d like to share The Center recently added a minor in Business to its im-
Graduate program review
important milestones in your mensely popular Org. Leadership major. It also acquired
In October-2007, the MALER program underwent a compre-
professional or personal life, hensive review by two external reviewers and the Gradu- the 50-year old Personnel and Industrial Relations (PIR)
or would like to write for this ate School at UC. Resource allocations by the University are degree program from the Department of Psychology as
Newsletter. largely dependent upon the outcome of this review. Read the Center was seen as a better home for the program.
more on page 2. More on page 7.
Please send your feedback and
Double promotion! Good-byes
Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason received tenure earlier in Spring- Prof. Phil Vancil retired this past summer after teaching
Ted K. Dass, in the Org. Leadership and the MALER program for over
2007 to become an “Associate Professor” at UC. And on 15-
Field Service Instructor a decade.
Nov-2007, she and husband Dave welcomed their second
Email: email@example.com child, Emmarie Lynn, into this world. Alex, their ﬁrst child, is
Tel: 513-556-1897 very excited to have a little sister. Photo on page 6. Tricia Yee accepted a new position commencing 10-Dec-
Fax: 513-556-2066 2007 as the Executive Staff Assistant with the Honors
MALER Mentoring program Scholars Program. Her departure will create a great void
The Mentoring program was kicked off in Fall-2007 with in the Center and she will be dearly missed.
Many thanks to Melanie Cannon (A&S eight current students being paired with eight of our alum-
Marketing & Communications) and
ni. Many thanks to our alumni who volunteered to serve as
Lindsey Theobald (A&S Development) for
their help in designing this Newsletter. mentors.
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MALER Graduate Program Review - A Report
T he MALER program underwent a comprehensive external review earlier this Fall. The previous graduate program review was conducted in 1996.
We submitted our program review document, prepared over the summer, to the Graduate School and the two external reviewers identiﬁed
for this purpose. Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, professor of managment and head, Department of Management at Eastern Michigan University, and Dr.
Tina Riley, assistant professor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Michigan State Univerity, served as external reviewers on the review
committee. They spent two days (Oct. 9 and 10) at UC meeting with faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the MALER program as well as the Dean of
the Graduate School and the Dean of McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Their report will be made available to us in January-2008.
The review process was a great learning experience for us and we are encouraged by the preliminary feedback we received. We present some
extracts from the report that speak to our students and alumni.
Based on the GRAAD (Graduate Student Recruitment, Admissions From the results of exit surveys conducted by the University (available re-
& Assistantship Data) reports for the ﬁscal years 2003, 2004, 2005, porting period: Apr-2004 to Mar-2006, N=34):
and 2006: • More than 91% were satisﬁed to very-satisﬁed with the curriculum,
with more than 40% being very satisﬁed.
Overall, the number of applicants for the MA LER program has • More than 92% were satisﬁed to very-satisﬁed with the faculty, with
increased signiﬁcantly since 2003. close to 48% being very satisﬁed.
• In 2004, 31% increase from 51 to 67 applicants. • A full 100% were satisﬁed with the mentoring in the program, with
• In 2005, 42% increase from 67 to 95 applicants. 75% being very satisﬁed.
• In 2006, 8% decline in applicants. We believe this was the • Close to 72% were satisﬁed to very satisﬁed with their career develop-
result of instituting the GRE/GMAT standardized test score ment because of the program, with more than 27% being very satis-
requirement as part of the admissions criteria. This change ﬁed.
went into affect on September 1, 2005. • Overall, more than 94% were satisﬁed to very satisﬁed with the pro-
gram, with more than 26% being very satisﬁed.
Applicant demographic information show steady trends toward
a predominantly female (62-75%) and White (43-53%) applicant
pool. However, there is also a relatively large pool of applicants Earlier in Spring-2007, we conducted an online survey of our alumni for
from the African-American community ranging from 26-28%. the program review. 45 out of the 111 alumni who graduated between
Winter-2002 and Winter-2007 responded to the survey. The results of this
With respect to enrollment trends, we have also seen signiﬁcant survey are presented below:
and steady increases over time.
• In 2004, increased 26% from 53 to 67. Employment sector Duration at current place of employment
• In 2005, increased 18% from 67 to 79. 13% Not-for-Profit >5yrs . (9%)
• In 2006, increased 10% from 79 to 87.
Facts about our students enrolled in 2006:
• 73% were from Ohio.
• Approximately 10% were considered international students. 87% For-Profit
• 75% were part-time; 25% full-time 1-5 yrs. (62%)
• 78% were female; 22% were male
• The median elapsed time to degree was 1.8 years.
• Average GRE scores were: Verbal 482 (56%), Quantitative 518
(37%), and Analytical 4.39 (50%). Annual salary Current job-title or position
• Approximately 40% of our applicants and enrollees in 2006 Up to $40k, 13% Sr. HR Mgmt., 8%
had work experience in HR (an average of 4.7 years) of ex-
perience was reported). Overall, these data suggest a high $40k-$55k, 22% Other, 11%
quality applicant pool. $55-$70k, 20%
• The average undergraduate GPA for MALER enrollees during HR
the past ﬁve years is 3.2. $70k-$90k, 22% Specialist,
• During the past ﬁve years our graduates have an average GPA 24%
of 3.84 upon graduation.
$120k-$150k, 0% HR Generalist, 40%
$150k & above, 2%
We are pleased to note that, overall, we have high quality appli-
cants and enrollees considering our mission as a Masters-level
practitioner-oriented graduate program. Further, most of our stu- 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25%
dents do quite well once admitted into the program. Total % not equal to 100% since not all respondents
answered this question.
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13th Annual Spring Awards Banquet
T he 13th Annual Spring Awards Banquet was held on 01-June-2007 at UC’s Faculty Club. Students from the MALER program and
the undergraduate organizational leadership (ORGL) program participated in the event along with faculty, staff, alumni, and
friends of the Center. Graduating students from both the graduate and undergraduate programs were recognized during the event.
Certiﬁcates were awarded by MALER faculty to students for meritorious performance in their courses. General reports about the
state of the Center, the MALER program, and the ORGL program were presented by Dr. Joseph Gallo, Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason, and
Dr. Stacie Furst, respectively. Presented below are some photographs taken during the event.
Photos: Ted K. Dass
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Faculty Research - Update MALER Student-speak
D r. Chrobot-Mason continues her research on “Leader-
ship Across Differences” with an international team of
colleagues from the Center for Creative Leadership. They
R ecently, Chris Goins, our graduate assistant, spent some time talking
with two of our MALER students about their experience in the pro-
have ﬁnished gathering interview data from leaders in elev-
en different countries and are now busy analyzing the vari-
ous strategies leaders use to manage social identity conﬂict J ulie Valente joined the program in Autumn 2005. She’s a part-time stu-
dent who will graduate in Winter 2008. She lived in Indianapolis for 25
years before relocating with her family to the
in the workplace. For more information about the project,
please visit the CCL website at www.ccl.org/lad. Cincinnati area. Julie received her B.S. in Busi-
ness Administration from Indiana University –
Dr. Chrobot-Mason is also analyzing survey data that exam- Indianapolis. She chose the MALER program to
ines racial harassment in the workplace. She presented pre- insure a leadership position in the ﬁeld of HR.
liminary ﬁndings at the Society for Industrial and Organiza- Julie is the administrative staff manager for UC
tional Society (SIOP) annual conference in New York City this Surgeons, a unit of the Department of Surgery
past spring and is now working on additional analyses to be in the College of Medicine. She stays busy by
presented in a forthcoming manuscript. working full time, being with her family, and
taking classes at night. She believes that taking
Photo: Julie Valente
classes allows her to better relate to her kids
and the pressures of homework and deadlines that they face in school.
Julie says that the Individual Behavior, Stafﬁng, Compensation, and Orga-
D r. Stacie Furst continues her work in the area of (global)
virtual teamwork. She presented papers at the follow-
ing national conferences.
nization Development courses have been beneﬁcial to her as an adminis-
trative staff manager.
After graduation, Julie plans to relax and take up some old hobbies, such
• Fit and Reputation as Determinants of Applicant Attrac- as reading ﬁction as opposed to reading text books. She has enjoyed the
tion (with S. Taylor). Presented at the annual meeting variety of classes that the program offers and the amount of material that
of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychol- is covered in the short amount of time in a quarter. She offers these words
ogy, New York (April 2007). of advice for incoming students: “Get as much work experience as possible.
Even if it’s not in HR, work experience gives you a reference point that will help
• Wasting time? The Effects of Allocation of time at Work you better relate to the material presented in class. ”
and Away from Work on Performance, Salary, and Turn-
over (with A. Shipp). Presented at the Academy of Man-
agement Meetings, Philadelphia, PA (August 2007).
R obert Shull joined the MALER program in Autumn 2007. He is from
Fairﬁeld, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree in Judaic Stud-
ies from UC in June-2007. He’s a member of the UC SHRM Chapter and
the MALER Mentoring Program. Besides being a full time student, Robert
D r. Joseph Gallo’s article titled “Department of Justice
Antitrust Enforcement, 1955-1977: An Empirical Study”
appeared in Margaret C. Levenstein and Stephen W. Salant’s
works full time at Kings Island as the HR depart-
ment supervisor, and part time at the Kirkwood
two-volume series, Cartel, published by Edward Elgar Pub-
lishing Inc. Robert was interested in a graduate program that
would provide a solid understanding of HR from a
generalist’s perspective, and one that would help
him prepare for the PHR and SPHR exams. He en-
joys the small class sizes as it allows greater stu-
T ed K. Dass spent the summer in India collecting data for
his research on HR processes and the role of the HR func-
tion during mergers and acquisitions. Presently, he is collect-
dent participation and provides opportunities for
students to get to know each other. Robert likes Photo: Robert Shull
the diversity of the students in the program, which he says allows him to
ing data from a US-based company for the same research learn from multiple perspectives. Also, he ﬁnds the Mentoring Program to
project. be extremely beneﬁcial.
In August 2007, a team of researchers Ted is collaborating Robert plans to do a project at the Kirkwood Inn for his ﬁnal experience
requirement. He believes that he can use the knowledge and skills learned
with from the business schools at University of Kentucky
from the program to improve HR at his workplace. After graduation, Rob-
(A. Mehra, D. Brass, G. Labianca) and University of Cincinnati
ert would like to practice international HR in a multi-national company,
(A. Lopes), participated in a symposium on “Social Networks preferably doing business in the Middle East. Robert’s advice to current
and Leadership” at the Academy of Management meetings and future students is that they should “get involved, especially in profes-
in Philadelphia, PA. Their paper was titled: Distributed Lead- sional organizations such as SHRM and GCHRA.”
ership in Groups: The Origins and Evolution of the Network of
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The Center’s New Faculty
D uring 2007, four new adjunct faculty members joined the MAL-
ER program. We present a brief introduction on each of them. D an Judy has been a federal mediator for eight years at the
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). He works
in both the private and public sectors as a neutral party to resolve
labor-management conﬂict in areas such as contract negotiations,
S teve Haaser joined the Center as an adjunct professor in June
2007. Prof. Haaser has a B.A. and J.D. from Indiana University.
He spent ﬁve years as a lawyer representing management in labor
grievance mediation, labor-management committees, and labor
agreement administration training. Prior to becoming a federal me-
diator Prof. Judy spent twenty-one years in the private sector work-
negotiations and various employment disputes. He then spent the ing in labor relations, negotiating over 200 labor contracts.
next 20 years in corporate HR departments in various capacities, in-
cluding director of labor relations, senior employment law counsel, Prof. Judy grew up in Greenville, OH, and now lives with his fam-
director of HR compliance and vice-president of HR. ily, wife Diane and two sons, in Cincinnati. He has a B.A. in Political
Science from Wittenberg University and a Master’s degree in Public
Prof. Haaser also has a lifetime certiﬁcation as a senior professional Administration from the University of Dayton.
in HR (SPHR). He teaches employee compensation and employment
law in the MALER program. Prof. Judy teaches Collective Bargaining I and II. He believes these
courses expose students to the world of labor relations and collec-
tive bargaining and they acquire negotiation skills that are valuable,
not only in contract negotiations and employee relations, but also
W illiam (Bill) Johnson is the senior director of labor relations
and policy development for UC. He is responsible for negotiat-
ing and administering the agree-
in the many negotiations one experiences in life.
ments with the six labor unions
representing UC employees. He
also oversees the development
and implementation of HR policy
for all UC employees. D ebra Walton is the asst. vice-president of employee develop-
ment and organizational effectivess at UC’s HR department.
She has experience in HR and OD dating back to 1985 when she left
Prof. Johnson has served the state sales and marketing with General Motors to join Corning, Inc. She
Photo: Bill Johnson
governments of Ohio and Indiana has worked as an HR generalist in several industries such as infor-
in such capacities as deputy state mation technology, manufacturing, international sales, marketing
personnel director, labor rela- and distribution. Prior to joining UC in December 2006, she handled
tions director and deputy state organization and leadership development at Brown Froman (better
director of disability, aging and known as the makers of Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort.).
rehabilitative services. He also served as an adjunct faculty member
at Indiana University (IU) and Indiana University-Purdue University Prof. Walton began teaching the HR Consulting course in the MALER
at Indianapolis (IUPUI). Prof. Johnson teaches labor relations in the program this past Summer-07 and has already served as a guest
MALER program. speaker in the HR and OD and change course.
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MALER Connections: News about our people
A ndy Assaley (Class of 1998) began his second season at Kansas
State and ﬁrst as the director of basketball operations in Fall-2007.
In his new position, Andy will assist in coordinating recruiting activi-
A nthony Nuismer (Class of 2006) moved to Tucson, Arizona, to
take a new position as the deputy director of HR for the Arizona
Superior Court in Tucson. Tony was selected for the position through
ties for the program, running basketball camps and organizing coach- a nation-wide search that entailed reopening the interview process
ing clinics. In addition, he will coordinate all team travel and oversee twice before he applied and was interviewed and selected. He’s part
special projects of a 15-member HR team in the 1,200-strong organization.
for the basketball
ofﬁce. Andy will
also continue to
manage all video
operations for the
team. C hristina Thiemann (Class of
2006) welcomed her new baby
boy, Alexander Michael Thiemann,
Andy’s family: wife,
Photo: Christina Thiemann
on May 21, 2007.
Sarah, their three
daughters, Cali (7y),
Photo: Andy Assaley
Isabella (2y) and
Payton (1y), and
son, Will (4m).
J ennie Conrad, SPHR (Class of 2004) was
recently promoted to director of recruiting
J ulie Valente (see page 4) passed the SPHR exam in June-2007.
at Convergys Corporation. In her new role, she
leads a team responsible for management,
professional, and executive recruiting across
Photo: Ted K. Dass
D r. Donna Chrobot-
Mason welcomed her
second child, Emmarie Lynn
Mason, on November 15,
L inda Gravett, PhD and SPHR (Class of 1991) and Robin Throck-
Photo: Donna Chrobot-Mason
morton, SPHR (Class of 1995) published their new book: Bridging
the Generations Gap: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, and
Gen Yers to Work Together and Achieve More. In the book, they share
their experiences, real-life cases, recommended solutions, and their
research on how members of any generation can better relate to
minimize conﬂict, miscommunication, and wasted energy. Linda and
Robin have presented at GCHRA and other meetings, and have also
been featured on local TV channels.
Photo: Dr. Linda Gravett
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ORGL program review Learning from leaders:
Students organize a leadership panel
D uring the 2006-2007 academic year, faculty and staff at the
Center engaged in a comprehensive review of the BA-ORGL
program. One of the primary objectives of this review was to
identify the strengths of the program and opportunities for en- O n the evening of November 19, 2007, students from Dr. Stacie
Furst’s Foundations of Leadership class and Dr. Joe Gallo’s Leader-
ship for Proﬁt Maximization class attended a panel discussion featur-
hancing the quality of education students receive. We gathered
information from many sources, including our alumni and cur- ing six leaders from the Greater Cincinnati area. The panel, which
rent students. Based on what we learned, several changes to the was organized by students in Dr. Furst’s class, provided students with
ORGL curriculum were made and put in place at the beginning an opportunity to interact with and learn from a diverse group of
of the Autumn 2007 quarter, including: leaders, including:
• Gareth L. Howell, President & CEO, Global Center of Greater
• ORGL502: Lessons in Leadership was added to the core cur-
riculum to provide all ORGL majors greater opportunities
to “learn from others” throughout the Cincinnati commu- • James E. Schwab, Cincinnati Market President, US Bank
nity who have demonstrated exceptional leadership. • Jennifer Adut, Executive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
• The introduction of a Business Minor option for ORGL ma- Cincinnati
jors. This program combines the ORGL leadership curricu- • George H. Vincent, Co-Managing Director, Dinsmore & Stohl,
lum with upper-level business courses and provides a solid LLP
foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in the • Richard W. Furst, Dean Emeritus, Gatton College of Business,
for-proﬁt sector or graduate work in business. Univ. of Kentucky and Founding Member, Bluegrass Angels
In October-2007, the ORGL program was also reviewed by UC
and an external reviewer. • Patty Eber, Executive Director, Hamilton County Family and
Children First Council
Students were impressed by the candid, thoughtful comments pro-
Center’s faculty honored vided by the panelists who encouraged students to network with
others on campus and throughout the community. The panelists en-
D r. Joe Gallo and Dr. Hal McCullough were recognized at couraged the students to become curious about their world and to
the All-University Commencement on June 09, 2007, for never stop learning. They advised students, many of whom are en-
their contributions in helping students reach educational goals tering the job market soon, to ﬁnd ways to “stand out from the crowd”
and ﬁnd “what makes you different” from other candidates.
at UC. They wore ribbon pins for their special role in motivating,
inspiring, or encouraging graduating students. Faculty members
The evening was an overwhelming success. One student stated: “(I)
were nominated by students for this honor. just experienced something ﬁrst rate, WOW!” Another said: the panel
“was the best thing I experienced in my college career.”
Dr. McCullough was also invited to speak on behalf of Cincin-
natus scholar, Jeffrey Rose, a ﬁnance major at the College of Special thanks to all our distinguished guests.
Business, at the Cincinnatus Graduation Dinner. Jeff recognized
Dr. McCullough as an individual who had made a signiﬁcant con-
tribution to his academic success. Jeff was a full-ride scholar, the
highest Cincinnatus Award given to a student.
ORGL students graduate with honors
Center acquires PIR program F ive ORGL students graduated with the newly instituted de-
partmental honors for the 2006-07 academic year.
High Honors (GPA 3.60 and above)
T he Personnel and Industrial Relations (PIR) program, a
50-year old independent major housed in the Department
of Psychology, will be transferred to the Center starting Sep-
• Katrina Heidi Gerner
• Erin Osterday
• Katherine Payne
tember 2008. The program currently has about 60 students. Honors (GPA 3.40 to 3.59)
The Center was seen as a natural home for this program on • Adam Bankovich
two counts. The Center had identiﬁed the need for an HR- • Dion Russell
track within the ORGL major and Psychology was looking for
a new home for the PIR program as it no longer was in line CONGRATULATIONS!!
with their vision.
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ORGL Capstone: Connecting with the Community
P rof. Sanford Kahn has been motivating his undergraduate students to take their capstone projects to the streets.
In Nov-2007, a group of his students successfully organized a two-day
event with the SPCA in which a number of dogs were adopted and
the SPCA also received a lot of favorable publicity. The event was a
combined effort of his Capstone class, the SPCA, Wal-Mart and UC’s
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) association. This event was also fea-
tured in the local press at: http://news.communitypress.com/apps/
Prof. Kahn’s Capstone class is also working with the Wise Temple Sis-
terhood and the Women’s Shelter at the YWCA. His class provided
gift packages to children of women who needed the services of the
facility during the holiday period. Last year, his class provided over 20
care packages for the children and also provided some packages for
the women. He hopes to continue this tradition in 2008 as well.
A third project that Prof. Kahn’s class is working on is the SPORTS
(Special Program Offering Recreation To Our Soldiers) program. In
collaboration with two other local colleges they will provide sports
equipment to military personnel in Iraq and to the citizens of Iraq.
Prof. Kahn hopes that through the equipment they provide some of
the Iraq’s younger members will understand the compassionate way
in which the U.S. armed services members are concerned about the Meg Stephenson, development coordinator for the
future of their country and her citizens.This program was featured on Cincinnati SPCA, shows off a 7-week-old beagle/labrador
the local WCPO9 channel (watch the video here: http://homepages. mix available for adoption. The SPCA will have its Mobile
Adoption Unit at the Westwood Wal-Mart Nov. 17 and 18.
Photo: Sanford Kahn
From L-R: Prof. Sanford R. Kahn, Ryan Gray, William Hixon, and Nicholas Kiryk
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Save the Date!
Spread the Word!
The Center for
will be hosting the
MALER Alumni Social
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mick and Mack’s Cafe
in the Tangeman University Center
Invitations will be sent out soon.
We need your help to make this event a success.
If you or your organization would like to support this event by making a
tax-deductible contribution, please contact Ted K. Dass,
Field Service Instructor, Center for Organizational Leadership at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-556-1897