About Susan R. Madsen

Susan R. Madsen is a professor of management at Utah Valley University and an independent leadership and change consultant. She is also the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics. She has been heavily involved for many years in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. She has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, governors, and international leaders. Her first book titled “On Becoming a Woman Leader: Learning from the Experiences of University Presidents” was released in 2008, and her second book titled “Developing Leadership: Learning from the Experiences of Women Governors” was released in 2009. She is now doing related leadership research and consulting in the United Arab Emirates. Susan has also published nearly 60 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and speaks and presents often in local, national, and international academic and non-academic settings. Susan’s research and consulting work have focused on women and leadership, change, ethics, strategic faculty development, and work-life integration. She serves as a reviewer and/or editorial board member for many academic journals. In 2007 she received a prestigious research award from the Academy of Human Resource Development and has also received numerous awards and honors for her teaching and scholarship at her institution and beyond. Susan received her doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in Work, Community, and Family Education with a specialization in human resource development. She has other degrees in exercise science/wellness and speech communication education and started her career many years ago as a junior high speech and debate teacher.


Present Independent Leadership Consultant and Speaker, Utah Valley University
Present Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University
Present Professor of Management, Utah Valley University

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Women and Leadership, Women and Higher Education, Individual Change, Women-Life Integration, Training and Development (Adult Learning), Academic Service-Learning, and Academic Ethics and Integrity

Contact Information

800 West University Parkway, MS 119
Orem, UT 84058-5999

Leadership (62)

Ethics (30)

Change (13)

Work-Life (20)

Service-Learning and Other Pedagogical Papers (30)

Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (26)

Faculty Development (7)

Adult Learning and Other (5)

Women and Education (29)