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Principles and Practices of Organization Development Certificate Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
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The program draws on the knowledge and expertise of interdisciplinary faculty leaders. Core faculty have involvement in sessions throughout each of the two weeks. In addition, other prominent scholars and practitioners serve as visiting faculty.

Core Faculty

Sarah J. Brazaitis (Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) Dr. Brazaitis has been a member of the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University since 1998 and is currently the MA Program Director and a Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program. She currently teaches courses on group dynamics and improving team performance to masters- and doctoral-level students. As part of her group dynamics course, Dr. Brazaitis runs an experiential group relations conference (based on the Tavistock model of human relations training) that provides students with opportunities to learn in real time about covert processes affecting leadership and power in groups and organizations. Dr. Brazaitis has been on the consulting staff of numerous experiential group relations conferences, sponsored by the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI). She is a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute and is a past member of AKRI’s Board of Directors.

As an expert on group dynamics in social systems, Dr. Brazaitis has written articles and book chapters on conducting groups in education and health care settings. Her dissertation focused on whiteness and subsequently she has written about race and more broadly on multicultural issues. Dr. Brazaitis maintains a private practice of organizational consulting with a focus on improving group and team performance, executive coaching, and leadership development. Clients have included for profit and not-for-profit organizations, universities, and medical centers. An aspect of her consulting practice includes Dr. Brazaitis’ extensive experience providing training in group dynamics and group process, maximizing team performance, leadership development, conflict resolution, and individual and group assessments (e.g., Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, DiSC, Hogan, 360 degree feedback, etc.).

Prior to becoming a full-time academic, Dr. Brazaitis worked as a counseling psychologist at the New York Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan where she held the position of Director of Psychological Services in Primary Care. Dr. Brazaitis was responsible for developing and implementing all primary care psychological services including assessment, education and treatment, in a setting serving 18,000 patients. 

She also provided consultation and training in state-of-the-art behavioral healthcare for physicians and other medical providers and served as the hospital’s liaison between the mental health division and several general medical and specialty departments. Dr. Brazaitis also served as the Associate Director of Training for the hospital’s psychology internship program which enjoys a national reputation for excellence in training.

Dr. Brazaitis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York.

Matthew Tye (Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) Vice President and Practice Head of Leadership Development services of Ritchie | Tye Consulting, Dr. Tye brings over a decade of experience providing institutional leadership and management development through a variety of executive level roles within the human services industry. Prior to joining Ritchie | Tye Consulting, he spent nearly 10 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City, leading nearly 150 employees and managing an annual budget of over 20 million dollars. Dr. Tye possesses a vast array of expertise in models of effective management practice, group process and facilitation, and program evaluation, with a particular emphasis on performance coaching and team effectiveness for senior to executive managers. As a psychologist and organizational strategist, Dr. Tye is highly skilled in examining the complex and dynamic systems that can interfere with individual and group level performance. Blending traditional business management principles with psychological theory, he assists clients in more fully understanding their organization, their role, and solutions for greater success.

Dr. Tye has taught courses on small and large group dynamics, the exercise of authority in leadership, and psychological analysis of organizations and non-profit management practices. Currently, Dr. Tye is an adjunct  faculty member in the Social and Organizational Psychology Department at Columbia University, teaching courses in Organizational Change and Consultation and Group Dynamics.  Dr. Tye holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska as well as a Master’s of Arts, a Master’s of Education, and a Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Tye is a member of the New York Center for the Study of Groups, Organizations and Social Systems, Board President of the Pratt-Heins Foundation, and a board member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Visiting Faculty

Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation and the new Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership, Debra A. Noumair is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Recognized nationally as a group relations scholar and practitioner, her work focuses on the theoretical and practical application of group relations to teams, organizations, communities, and society. An experienced leader in executive education, Dr. Noumair teaches courses on organization change and consultation and is on the faculty of leadership development programs sponsored by Columbia University Business School, Simmons School of Management, and the Mercer-Delta Executive Learning Center. A Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and a licensed psychologist in the State of New York, Dr. Noumair maintains an active practice of organization consultation and executive coaching in which she focuses on group and organizational dynamics and the application of systems thinking to individual, team, and organizational performance. Her clients include various public and not-for-profit organizations both locally and nationally.

W. Warner Burke is the E. L.Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, coordinator for the graduate programs in social-organizational psychology, and Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. His publications include twenty books and over 150 articles and book chapters. His consulting experience has been with a variety of organizations. He is a Diplomate in Business and Consulting Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past editor of both Organizational Dynamics and the Academy of Management Executive. Among his awards are the Public Service Medal from NASA, the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His latest book (2008) is Organization Change: Theory and Practice, 2nd Ed.

An international authority in organizational leadership, Bill Pasmore joined the Social-Organizational Psychology Program Faculty in September of 2010. Bill’s teaching and consulting focuses on issues related to organization design, managing change, CEO Succession, Board assessment and development, and executive development. He has helped leaders design high performance work systems as well as corporate structures. He has also led efforts to assess and developed executive talent, designed executive education and succession planning programs, reduced costs, implemented new processes and systems, created organic growth, and improved global process capabilities. Before joining TC, Bill was Senior Vice President in Charge of Organizational Leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership, and prior to that, a partner at Oliver Wyman Delta consulting, where he also served as the global practice leader for research. 

As a thought leader in the field of organization development, he has published 24 books and numerous articles, including The Board’s new roles in Succession Planning, How to make Sure your Next CEO is a Winner, Choosing the Best Next CEO, Designing Effective Organizations, Creating Strategic Change, Research in Organization Change and Development, and Relationships that Enable Enterprise Change.

Priority: Sept. 11
Final: Oct. 2

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