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About Rod Githens

My professional focus is helping leaders of all types nurture human and organizational potential.  In my practice, I have focused on organizational learning, organization development, strategic planning and evaluation.

Here at Pacific, I'm leading the development of a comprehensive set of education programs on the Sacramento Campus focused on fostering innovation through learning, leadership, and change.  I also teach and work with students at the Stockton Campus.

I strive to meet students "where they are."  My goal is to provide individualized attention to students and to strive to foster a community of learners in my courses in order to provide the support needed for learning. I also have a strong orientation toward integrating theory, research, and practice in the most meaningful ways possible. In my teaching, I place a major emphasis on asking students to conduct real-life, hands-on projects, in order to apply what they're learning to the real world.  In working with students from the bachelor's to doctoral levels, I continuously work to integrate the outside world into our courses as much as possible.

The overarching theme to my scholarship is fostering humane, accessible and diverse workplaces.  Related to that theme, there are three specific areas that I have emphasized:
  •  Creating diverse and humane organizations
  •  Increasing access to self-sustaining careers through workforce development
  •  Online education


Present Assistant Dean for Sacramento Programs, University of the Pacific


Books and Book Chapters (5)

Dissertation (1)

Articles (27)