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Phone: (630) 829-6214
Ron Baiman joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor within the M.B.A. program.Ron has taught introductory, as well as international and regional economics, at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University where he was an Assistant Professor of Economics. Before moving to the Chicago area Ron worked in economic forecasting and rate evaluation, and in database marketing, at AT&T in NJ, and as a telecommunications policy analyst for the New York State Department of Economic Development.More recently, he has worked in public policy as Director of Budget and Policy Analysis at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago; in government as a Research Economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security; in academic research institutes at Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois, and the Center for Urban Economic Development at University of Illinois at Chicago. Ron has published numerous papers on regional, public, and international political economics in academic journals and as well as research and consulting reports on local, state and national economic policy; co-edited a book: Political Economy and Contemporary Capitalism that received the Choice title for "Best Academic Title" in 2000; received research grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and from the Woods Fund of Chicago; and served on the Editorial Board of the Review of Radical Political Economics for many years. He holds a Ph.D., and an M.A. with Honors, both in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York City, did graduate work in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated "very good" (Magna Cum Laude) with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from Hebrew University, Israel.
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Phone: (630) 829- 2271
John Draut joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 1996 and is the Director of the M.S. in Accountancy and M.S. in Taxation programs. During his 38 plus years of corporate experience, he has held executive positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, V. P. Finance, and Divisional Controller in the hospitality, agricultural equipment manufacturing, financial printing, electronic component distribution, and commercial and retail tool manufacturing industries. The range of his experience includes large multi-national firms, foreign parent operations, and small privately-held corporations.In addition, Mr. Draut is affiliated with the American Management Association and National Center for Continuing Education.In this capacity, he conducts seminars in the disciplines of finance, controllership, fixed asset management, accounting, and many other topics and has written a text focusing on the role of CFO in today's business environment.
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Phone: (630) 829-6216
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Phone: (630) 829-1936
Ricky M. Holman J.D. joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2005. In 2014, he was appointed the Graduate Business Administration Department Chair. Atty. Holman manages the Business Law certificate, concentrations and the MBA/JD program with The John Marshall Law School. He has taught a range of courses including Leadership & Business Ethics, Business Law, Legal Aspects of Human Resources, and Intellectual Property.
Atty. Holman has 20 years civil and criminal law expertise and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri. His experience includes 18 years as a Public Defender in DuPage and DeKalb County, IL. He also has experience in private practice and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Outside the classroom, Atty. Holman teaches law related topics for various associations and organizations, is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, and has been a Civil War re-enactor for over 30 years.
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Phone: (630) 829-6199
James D. Ludema, Ph.D., (Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University) is the Co-founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a Professor of Global Leadership at Benedictine University. He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management's Organization Development and Change Division and is the author of two books and dozens of articles on leadership, strategy and organizational change. His book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large-Scale Change is widely considered a classic in the field.
Dr. Ludema has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald's, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs. Dr. Ludema received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College.
Research interests: Global leadership; values-driven leadership at the individual, organizational, and societal levels; appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship; the link between culture and profit in small and mid-size businesses.
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Phone: (630) 829-6051
Barbara T. Ozog
Professor and Program Director M.S. in Management Information Systems and M.S. in Business Analytics
Peter Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., is an award-winning scholar, a distinguished educator and a world-recognized pioneer.
For nearly a half-century, Sorensen has been a leader in the field of Organization Development. The director of the Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) and the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior programs at Benedictine University, Sorensen was instrumental in developing one of the first master's-level programs in OD at George Williams College in 1967 and one of the first Ph.D. programs in OD at Benedictine in 1996.
A prolific author and editor, the Naperville resident has written more than 300 articles, papers and books, including a number of best paper selections. His work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Group and Organization Studies, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization and Administrative Sciences.
Sorensen has worked with more than 100 organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Steel, the DuPage County Health Department, Commonwealth Edison and CNA. He was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change, has been chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, and is a past recipient of the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute.
In 2014, Sorensen was presented the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership by Benedictine University. The award recognizes a faculty member who has provided exceptional leadership during their tenure.
“One of the biggest benefits of the OD program at Benedictine was learning from scholars and practitioners who I would consider OD superstars,” said Meghan Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University and a 2013 graduate of the Organization Development program at Benedictine. “It was great to be in person with these OD ‘greats’ and also be able to engage with them in such an intimate fashion.”
Sorensen, who still calls teaching his greatest joy, earned a Ph.D. in Management from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ramkrishnan (Ram) Tenkasi, Ph.D., began his academic career as an assistant professor with the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1993, and joined Benedictine University in 1998 as an associate professor.
Tenkasi’s research and practice interests are in the areas of organizational knowledge, learning and change and their mediation/moderation by organizational design choices, including the role of information technologies in facilitating/inhibiting these processes in organizations. He approaches the study of these issues from both interpretive and positivist frameworks usually combining these traditions to draw on their unique strengths.
Multiple grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Defense, and corporations such as Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments, AlliedSignal, Merck and Co., Pfizer, Pratt and Whitney, and Procter and Gamble have funded his research.
Tenkasi serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Organizational Change Management and has been a program review panel member for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is currently part of a core team brought together by the National Cancer Institute to assist in the identification of effective implementation systems for tobacco control in the United States.
Tenkasi is also the division/program chair-elect for the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management. His more than 50 articles and book chapters appear in both academic and practitioner outlets such as Organization Science, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Employee Relations, Acquisition Review Quarterly, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Advances in the Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams and the OD Journal.
He is also a reviewer for several leading journals of the field such as the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, MIT Sloan Management Review and Journal of Organizational Change Management.
Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., has been breaking down barriers, defying stereotypes and rewriting the rules for nearly two decades.
Yaeger is a former division chair for the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management, has served as executive board member of the Southwest Academy of Management and is a registered consultant through the International Society for Organization Development and Change.
She frequently presents at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management, the OD Institute and the American Psychological Association, is a recipient of numerous awards such as the Best Paper Presentation at the OD Institute's Annual Conference, and was a team member of three Outstanding OD Institute Project Awards.
The author of more than 50 papers and articles including three books on Appreciative Inquiry with Peter Sorensen, Thomas Head and David Cooperrider, Yaeger is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Midwest Academy of Management, the OD Network, the OD Institute and the American Society for Training and Development.
She has been teaching in the Benedictine’s Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development programs since 2001.
Dr. Tom Yu joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2008 and is the Associated Director of the M.S. in Business Analytics program. Dr. Yu teaches operations management, IT management, brand management, managerial communications, and international business in the M.B.A program. Prior to joining Benedictine University Dr. Yu had 31 years of corporate experience, he has held executive positions such as EVP, Chief Information Officer, Director of Sales Analytics & Applications, and Division Systems Manager. The range of his experience includes multi-national firms in the consumer package goods and quick service restaurant industries. In his spare time, Dr. Yu enjoys skeet and equestrian sports.
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Rachael L. Narel, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior program. While teaching a variety of courses both in the classroom and online, she continues to pursue research in the areas of Organizational Agility and Thriving. She has presented papers at the Academy of Management, Midwest Academy of Management, Southwest Academy of Management and Irish Academy of Management.
Narel has contributed articles in the Organization Development Journal and OD Practitioner, as well as chapters in Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Leading Change and The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers. She is a regular presenter at industry events and conferences.
Outside of her scholarly work, Narel is also a solutions strategist at Peters & Associates. Her experience includes more than 18 years in IT and software working in virtually every functional area of an organization through team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, agility, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support.
Narel earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development and an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and B.S. in Biology at Saint Xavier University.
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Phone: (630) 829-6210
Krista graduated with her bachelors in Business in 2012. She joined Benedictine University in 2015 after working with a financial advisor for three years. As Program Manager, Krista uses her interpersonal skills as well as her technological skills to oversee course information, assist students, and organize department events.
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Phone: (630) 829-1394
Elizabeth Reniche joined Benedictine University as a student employee in January of 2015, later that same year she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management. In 2016 she transitioned to her current role as the Master of Science and Organizational Behavior Program Coordinator. In this position, Elizabeth enjoys assisting both the students and faculty. As well as coordinating the course materials and information for the department. Elizabeth is pursuing her MS Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.
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Phone: (630) 829-1933
Dr. Ritt received a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing from North Park University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University, and a Doctor of Education from Northern Illinois University. She is a full-time tenured professor of nursing in the graduate nursing program at Benedictine University, Illinois. She has 38 years of nursing experience with over 15 years of progressive administrative and teaching experience in higher education. She served in the roles of director of education, national health care consultant, department chair, dean, and provost. Dr. Ritt maintains executive level expertise in accreditation, assessment and evaluation, faculty development, financial and strategic planning, new curriculum and program development, and health care analytics. She has presented and published in the areas of faculty development, analytics in nursing education, and recently completed a research study that examined the identification of post-acute patients at risk for hospital readmission. Dr. Ritt received a Fulbright Scholarship, numerous professional grants, and served as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association. Currently, she conducts on-site evaluations as team leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Dr. Ritt is serving her second term on the CCNE-Accreditation Review Committee and recently completed service on the 2016 CCNE nominating committee.