May 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Organizational Leadership

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475E Pawley Hall

(248) 370-4109

Fax: (248) 370-4605

Department website


Chairperson: Eileen S. Johnson

Professors emeriti: Susan M. Awbrey, William C. Fish, Eric J. Follo, James W. Hughes, Patrick J. Johnson, William G. Keane, Billy J. Minor, M. Sharon P. Muir, Sandra P. Packard, Robert G. Payne

Professors: Julia B. Smith, David C. Strubler, Caryn M. Wells

Associate professors: Cynthia L. Carver, Shannon R. Flumerfelt, Tomas R. Giberson, Eileen S. Johnson, C. Suzanne Klein, Michael P. Long, Jana Nidiffer, James A. Quinn, Chaunda L. Scott, William L. Solomonson, V. Thandi Sulé

Assistant professors: Chang-kyu Kwon

Special instructors: Christine M. Abbott, Jennifer Wenson

Visiting Assistant Professor:  Robert A. Martin


The Department of Organizational Leadership of the School of Education and Human Services offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development. This field of study focuses on four areas: organizational development, training and development, career/leadership development, and employment systems and standards. The degree program covers topics in these focus areas related to instructional design and delivery, lean leadership, program evaluation, performance appraisal, employee selection, recruiting, ethics, organizational development, principles of leadership, labor relations, employment law, employee involvement and cultural diversity. Graduates are prepared with conceptual knowledge, technical and interpersonal skills for a variety of careers.


Students should meet with the professional academic adviser for assistance with schedule planning, completing the program plan, interpreting degree requirements, admission to major standing, transfer credits, petitions of exception and graduation audits. The advising office is located in 363 Pawley Hall, (248) 370-4182. Students are encouraged to meet with their adviser at least once per academic year.

Admission to Major Standing in Human Resource Development

To be admitted to major standing a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 40 credits at an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better. Courses that carry no numerical or letter grade (such as S/U) are excluded from calculation of the GPA.
  2. Complete the HRD core courses with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.
  3. Submit an “Application for Major Standing” during the semester in which the student expects to complete the core requirements.
  4. Meet with the HRD Academic Adviser and complete an approved HRD program plan.

Related Minors and Concentrations

Students who wish to obtain a minor offered by SEHS must obtain the approval of the human resource development program adviser. If the minor or concentration is within a school other than SEHS, students must obtain approval from the adviser of the selected minor. Please note that one course cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of three categories under the Department of Organizational Leadership. This means that one course cannot be used to meet the requirements of an HRD major and two HRD minors or to meet the requirements of all three HRD minors.

Departmental Honors

HRD honors are available to students who meet the following standards: a 3.50 or better cumulative average for all courses taken at Oakland University; a 3.70 or better cumulative average in department courses.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.



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