Our Faculty

Victoria Marsick
Professor of Education/Co-Director J.M. Huber Institute
Program Director of Adult Learning

Dr. Victoria J. Marsick is a professor of adult and organizational learning in the Department of Organization & Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. Since joining Teachers College in 20XX, she has made significant contributions to the field of adult learning, particularly in the theory and practice of human resource and organizational development. Since the publication of her first book, Learning in the Workplace, she has brought a rich understanding of the nature of individual, team and organizational learning to scholars and practitioners of adult and continuing education. Recent publications have focused on informal and incidental learning, action learning design and implementation, and leveraging system dynamics that enhance organizational learning and change.

Outside of the Teachers College, Marsick has served as chair of the research committee of the American Society for Training and Development, on the board of the Academy of Human Resources Development, and as a member of the International Foundation for Action Learning. In collaboration with other researchers, she developed models of informal and incidental learning that have been used in more than 30 dissertation studies. Her conception of action learning has helped create greater awareness of this approach to improve adult and continuing education. Marsick’s students have won dissertation of the year awards and now hold faculty and leadership positions in adult and continuing education throughout the world.

Marsick holds a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.I. P.A. in international public administration from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Teachers College, she was a training director at the United Nations Children’s Fund. She has been a keynote speaker for conferences throughout the world, representing the field and Teachers College in each of these venues.

Jeanne E Bitterman
Core Faculty, Adult Learning and Leadership Programs Director Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators Senior Lecturer

Dr. Jeanne Bitterman started at Columbia in 1983 and is a senior lecturer in adult and organizational learning in the Department of Organization & Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves as core faculty for the current degree programs offered in Adult Learning and Leadership. As core faculty, her role involves teaching, advising and researching. Her repertoire of courses have included Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education, Facilitating Adult Learning, Advanced Facilitation, How Adults Learn, Workshop in Basic and Critical Literacy, Qualitative Research, Advanced Qualitative Research and a sequence of three courses in Learning Communities (using collaborative action research methodologies). She has sponsored numerous doctoral studies in the healthcare area and continues to consult in the area of professional development for physicians and other providers. To date, Bitterman has sponsored over 75 dissertations and has created and sustained numerous learning communities that support collaborative scholar-practitioner research.

She has served as a consultant for training and continuing education programs in a number of healthcare and public education organizations. Bitterman has been an educational administrator for the New York City Board of Education, and had previously worked with clients in residential treatment. She has assisted organizations in attaining accreditation through AACCME and has served as a consultant for the training and continuing education programs of a number of organizations, including St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital Center. Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and Bronx Community College. She developed an innovative Academy of Learning for Health Continuum Partners, Inc. and has offered workshops for the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Bitterman has conducted collaborative research with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians representing different institutions and has convened and led focus groups exploring the development of clinician-scholars physicians. She is currently the academic advisor for physicians in the ALL program and sponsoring doctoral research of physicians in the Ed.D. program. Bitterman holds a doctorate and as well as a master’s degree in adult learning and leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also earned a master’s in counseling from New York University.

Pierre Faller
Adjunct Faculty, Adult Learning and Leadership Programs Online and Action Learning Coach, Advanced Certificate in Adult Learning and Leadership for Medical Educators

Dr. Pierre Faller, Ed.D., is an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as an experienced executive coach and leadership development expert. Faller also holds an M.B.A. from Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia, and a certification from the Columbia Coaching Certification Program. At Teachers College, Faller teaches several classes including adult development, action learning and coaching from an adult learning perspective, a new course introduced in Fall 2017.

Faller’s experience as an executive coach and leadership development consultant spans across industries, including healthcare with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Reading Health System and Bristol Myers Squibb. He also serves as an executive coach in Columbia Business School’s executive education programs and is a facilitator and coach for ExecOnline, a fast growing e-learning executive education company.

Faller has authored several books and conference articles, including Transformative Learning in the Workplace: Leading Learning for Self and Organizational Change (2012) co-authored with Dr. Marsick. 

Maya Jalbot Hastie
Maya Jalbout Hastie, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at CUMC
Program Director, Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
Co-Director, Faculty Development and Career Advancement Program

Physician Program-Course Advisors

Juliet Aizer
Juliet Aizer, MD, MPH
Nanette Laitman Education Scholar
Director of Patient Care and Physicianship Units in Health, Illness and Disease Courses, Weill Cornell Medical College
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Chair, Continuous Professional Development Subcommittee, American College of Rheumatolog
Katherine Biagas
Katherine Biagas, MD FCCM FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center
Dimitri Papanagnou
Dimitri Papanagnou, MD
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Dean, Faculty Development
Director, In Situ Simulation Program
Fellowship Director, Medical Education Fellowship Program
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Brijen J. Shah
Brijen J. Shah, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Vice President, Medical Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine (GI, Geriatrics)
Director of QI and Patient Safety Education, Mount Sinai Health System
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