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Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation
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Courses will be taught by Teachers College, Columbia University Social-Organizational Psychology Faculty as well as faculty from other schools within Columbia University and from other academic and consulting organizations. All faculty are committed to offering executives ways of thinking about and approaching change leadership that are advanced, data-based and positively related to individual and organizational capacity-building and success.


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Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation and the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Debra A. Noumair is on the faculty of the Social-Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. At Columbia, Professor Noumair focuses on executive education and organization change at multiple levels with individuals, teams, and organizations. She is particularly interested in the influence of group and organizational dynamics on organization change and the application of systems thinking to individual, team, and organizational performance. She teaches courses on organization change and consultation and executive coaching.

Dr. Noumair is recognized nationally as a group relations scholar and practitioner and is a Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute.  She has consulted to and directed group relations conferences nationally, and served on the Board of Directors of the A. K. Rice Institute for 9 years.

Dr. Noumair is the author of articles and book chapters on organization change, group relations and the analysis of diversity issues in groups, organizations, and social systems. She edited Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3, which brings the theoretical and practical application of group relations concepts to life in teams, organizations, communities, and society.  She serves on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and the OPUS International Journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics, and is an editor of the book series, Research on Organization Change and Development.

On the faculty of numerous leadership development programs sponsored by Columbia University Business School, Corporate Leadership Council, Leadership Consulting Associates, the Mercer-Delta Executive Learning Center, and Simmons School of Management, Dr. Noumair brings her work on the interplay of individual, group, and organizational dynamics to executives through examining multirater feedback and psychological assessments at the individual and group level and through executive coaching. Dr. Noumair has taught and coached senior executives nationally and internationally at such companies as Avon, Bank of America, Bovis Lend Lease, Covidien, Exxon-Mobil, Ericsson, KONE, Merck, Thomson Reuters, Time Inc., Time Warner, and Warner Bros.  At Simmons School of Management, she has taught and coached women leaders at Brown Rudnick, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, EMC², Morgan Stanley, and Time Warner. Dr. Noumair is currently on the core faculty of Leading Women Executives, a CEO-sponsored leadership development program focused on high potential women and their companies.

Dr. Noumair consults to organizations on culture change, senior team effectiveness, inter-group and inter-organizational relations, and issues related to diversity at work.  Some of her clients include leadership teams at the Academy of Management, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Business School, EMC², Friends Seminary, HBO, Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc., Pfizer, Time Warner, Vassar College, and The Wallace Foundation.

Dr. Noumair received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and holds masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Organization Development Network.

Emily Griffen is the Assistant Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been dedicated to facilitating professional development and career transitions in various roles for nearly a decade. Prior to joining the Executive Education staff, Emily created and oversaw a career development and industry outreach platform for the Master's program in Real Estate Development at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia. As Director of Human Resources for the travel retail brand Flight 001, Emily led recruitment, talent management and organization development initiatives, in addition to managing general human resources operations. As an independent coach and consultant, Emily has worked with young professionals transitioning into leadership roles, and examined and advised on inter-generational conflict and communication in the workplace. Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Core Faculty


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 (2011) is Organization Change: Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed.

An international authority in organizational leadership, Bill Pasmore joined the Social-Organizational Psychology Program Faculty in September of 2010. Prior to coming to Teachers College, he served in the newly created role of Organizational Practices Leader at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he led CCL's efforts to help clients develop the larger organization leadership systems that increase their overall performance and enable their individual leaders to thrive. Before joining CCL, Bill had served since 1997 as a partner in the Corporate Learning & Organizational Development Practice consulting firm Oliver Wyman Delta. While there, he headed the global research practice and worked personally with top executives of Fortune 500 companies on organizational architecture and development as well as succession planning, talent management and strategic planning. As a thought leader in the field of organization development, he has published 21 books and numerous articles, including The Board's New Roles in Succession Planning, Designing Effective Organizations and Research in Organization Change and Development. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University.


Social-Organizational Psychology Faculty


Caryn Block  Sarah Brazaitis
Gina Buontempo  Peter Coleman
Beth Fisher-Yoshida  Elissa Perry
Loriann Roberson
 James Westaby




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