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About Rod P. 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.

PHILOSOPHY
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.

RESEARCH INTERESTS 
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

Positions

2015 Present Assistant Dean for Sacramento Programs, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
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2015 Present Associate Professor of Leadership and Organization Development, University of the Pacific Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
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20142015 Associate Professor, Drexel University ‐ School of Education
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20142014 Associate Professor of Organization Development, University of Louisville ‐ College of Education & Human Development
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20082014 Assistant Professor of Organization Development, University of Louisville ‐ College of Education & Human Development
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20112013 Panama Executive Program Leader, Organizational Leadership and Learning, University of Louisville
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20092013 Program Director, Organizational Leadership and Learning, University of Louisville ‐ College of Education & Human Development
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20062008 Coordinator of Online Programs, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Human Resource Education
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20042006 Assistant Coordinator of Online Programs/Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Human Resource Education
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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award, Academy of Human Resource Development (2016)
  • Faculty Favorite Award, University of Louisville (2014)
  • Faculty Favorite Award, University of Louisville (2013)
  • Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education (2013)
  • Nominated for Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Doctoral Students, University of Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (2012)
  • William E. Nagel Alumni Award, University of Illinois – Human Resource Education (2010)
  • Evans Doctoral Scholar, University of Illinois – Human Resource Education (2007-2008)
  • William Chandler Bagley Fellow, University of Illinois – College of Education (2006-2007)
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (Spring 2005*, Summer 2005*, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Summer 2006): Named to list for each course taught at Illinois * Rated as “Outstanding”
  • Robert Tomlinson Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research, and Service, University of Illinois – Human Resource Education (2005)

Courses

  • EDUC 352 Applied Inquiry I
  • EDUC 354 Applied Inquiry II
  • EDUC 360 Trends, Issues, and Dynamics of Change
  • EDUC 230 Leading in Diverse Contexts
  • EDUC 237 Organizational Learning
  • EDUC 372 Program and Organization Evaluation

Education

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2008 Ph.D., Human Resource Development with a Specialization in Organization Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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2004 Ed.M., Human Resource Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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19992000 Graduate coursework, Religious Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary
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1999 B.S., History, Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Illinois State University
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1999 B.S., Religious Studies, Lincoln Christian College
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Contact Information

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
University of the Pacific
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
916.739.7332

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Books and Book Chapters (5)

Books and book chapters written or edited by Dr. Rod P. Githens

Dissertation (1)

Dissertation written by Dr. Rod P. Githens

Articles (27)

Journal articles written by Dr. Rod P. Githens