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Principles and Practices of Organization Development Program

Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation

PPOD Faculty

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, Senior Lecturer and M.A. Program Coordinator for Social-Organizational Psychology

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) 

Dr. Tye is an independent organizational development consultant and executive coach to both corporate and social sector clients.  For over 10 years, Dr. Tye spearheaded the Leadership Development practice at his boutique consulting firm, Ritchie | Tye Consulting, which included the design, delivery and supervision of customized leadership development programs, executive coaching, team development, and board training and support. Prior to this he spent over fifteen years providing institutional leadership and management development through a variety of executive level roles primarily within the social sector. His most recent position was as the Managing Director of Programs of GMHC in New York City, where he led nearly 150 employees and had oversight of all programmatic and research activities.
Dr. Tye possesses a vast array of expertise in models of effective leadership and management practice, group process and facilitation, with a particular emphasis on performance coaching and team effectiveness for executives. He is trained in all the major assessment tools including the MBTI, FIRO-B, Hogan inventories, and Benchmarks, among others. As a psychologist and organizational strategist, Dr. Tye is highly skilled in examining the complex and dynamic systems that can interfere with individual, group, and organizational 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 is also an adjunct faculty member in the Social and Organizational Psychology Department at Teachers College, Columbia University, teaching graduate level courses in Organizational Change and Consultation, Group Dynamics, Small Group Intervention and Executive Coaching.  He is also the Co-Director and core faculty of Principals and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD), a two-week executive education program for leaders managing change efforts in their companies.  
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 Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a board member for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and is the Board President of the Pratt-Heins Foundation.

Program Faculty

Debra A. Noumair is Founder and Director of the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation and Associate Professor in Social-Organizational Psychology in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Noumair is currently engaged in teaching, research, consulting, and coaching; the focus of her work is on applying systems psychodynamics to executive education as well as to organization change at multiple levels with individuals, teams, and organizations. She teaches courses on organization change and consultation and executive coaching.

Dr. Noumair is co-author of Organization Development: A Process of Learning & Changing, 3rd Edition, co-editor of the Emerald annual book series, Research on Organization Change and Development, and coeditor of Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3.  She is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and on the International Advisory Board of the OPUS International Journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics.

As director of numerous leadership development programs, Dr. Noumair brings her work on individual, group, and organizational dynamics to executives through examining multi-rater feedback and psychological assessments at the individual and group level and through teaching and executive coaching with senior executives nationally and internationally. She has worked with global companies in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the United States.

Much of Dr. Noumair’s executive education work involves partnering with organizations to address the advancement of women through examining systemic barriers, teaching group dynamics, and conducting assessment-anchored executive coaching with women leaders.  Dr. Noumair regularly directs women’s leadership development programs for Time Warner and Thomson Reuters, and she 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 in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors on culture change, senior team effectiveness, intergroup and interorganizational relations, and issues related to diversity at work. A group relations scholar and practitioner, Dr. Noumair 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 nine years.

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.

W. Warner Burke is the E. L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education, and a founder of the graduate programs in social-organizational psychology, at Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally educated as a social-organizational psychologist (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin), Dr. Burke is currently engaged in teaching, research, and consulting. He teaches leadership and organization change and consultation. His research focuses on multirater feedback, leadership, organization change, and learning agility.

 Dr. Burke's consulting experience has been with a variety of organizations in business-industry, education, government, religious, health care systems, and professional services firms, including British Airways, SmithKline Beecham, National Westminster Bancorp, British Broadcasting Corporation, Business Consultants, Inc. of Japan; (since 1972), Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Dime Savings Bank, and Miller and Chevalier law firm. He formerly served as senior advisor to the strategy and organization change practice of IBM Global Business Services.

Prior to his move to Teachers College, Dr. Burke was professor of management and chair of the Department of Management at Clark University.  Prior to the Clark assignment, Dr. Burke was an independent consultant from 1974 to 1976.  For eight years he was a full-time professional with the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, where he was director for Executive Programs and director of the Center for Systems Development (1966-1974).  For eight years beginning in 1966 he also served as the executive director of the Organization Development Network

Dr. Burke is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  He has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management and the American Society for Training and Development, and he is a Diplomate in industrial/organizational psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.  From 1979 to 1985 he was editor of the American Management Association's quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, and from 1986 to 1989 he started and served as editor of the Academy of Management Executive.  He is currently serving as Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Dr. Burke is the author of more than 150 articles and book chapters on organization development, training, change and organizational psychology, and conference planning; and author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of 20 books.  His latest (2018) book published by Sage is Organization Change: Theory and Practice, 5th Edition.

Among his many awards are the Public Service Medal from NASA, the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management, Lifetime Achievement Awards from the OD Network and Linkage, the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and most recently, the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army for his work with West Point.

An internationally-recognized authority in organization and leadership development, Bill Pasmore joined the Social-Organizational Psychology Program Faculty in September of 2010 as Professor of Practice. Bill’s research, teaching and practice focuses on issues related to complex organizational change, leadership & talent development strategies, design thinking & innovation, and CEO development and coaching.  

As a practitioner, Bill has been Senior Vice President of Organizational Leadership at the top 5 globally-ranked Center for Creative Leadership since 2008, and prior to that, a partner at Oliver Wyman Delta consulting, where he also served as the global practice leader for research.  He heads his own consulting firm, Pasmore Advisors, and works with both for profit and not for profit CEOs on change, organization design, talent, teams and succession planning. His clients have included Unilever, Ingersoll Rand, Pepsi, Massachusetts Mutual, Wal Mart, Dow Chemicals, Compuware, Coach, Polaroid, Levi Strauss, United Airlines, Procter & Gamble, Lucent Technologies, Amoco, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals.

As a scholar, Bill was a tenured full professor in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University from 1976-1997, where he taught courses in the school’s Master of Science in Organization Development, MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Ph.D. programs.  He was a visiting professor at INSEAD and Stanford and a faculty member in the executive education programs there.  Along with David Cooperrider, he founded the Social Innovations in Global Management program at case, funded by USAID with a focus on enhancing the leadership of global non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

He has written or edited twenty-seven books and numerous articles, including his most recent from Berrett-Koehler,Leading Continuous Change.  Other book titles include Creating Strategic ChangeDesigning Effective Organizations,Research in Organizational Change and DevelopmentCollaborative Management Research, and Relationships that Enable Enterprise Change . Some recent articles include The Board’s new roles in Succession Planning, How to Make Sure your Next CEO is a Winner, Choosing the Best Next CEO, and Are you Ready to Become a CEO?. For the past five years he has been editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, is a frequent keynote speaker, and was recognized multiple times as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by the European HRM association.   Recently, the Academy of Management established an award in his name and that of Richard Woodman (Texas A&M) to honor scholars who have engaged in sustained collaborative research efforts.  

He holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University. 

Program Staff

Danielle L. Pfaff is the Coordinator of the Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) Certificate Program. She is an advanced doctoral student in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include group dynamics, gender stereotypes, and emotional labor, and her dissertation focuses on emotion management in senior women leaders, working in traditionally male-dominated roles. Besides her role as PPOD Coordinator, which involves managing the administration and on-site logistics for the program, she also supports the administration of both the Masters Program in Social-Organizational Psychology and ongoing group relations work at Teachers College. She also interns at Russell Reynolds Associates in their Leadership & Succession Practice.

She previously attended Tufts University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Post-Tufts, she coordinated research studies at a psychiatric hospital examining the relationships between genetics and psychopathology in individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. This work afforded her the opportunity to observe organizational operations from the level of individual interactions to systems-level functioning, thus sparking her interest in Organizational Psychology. Her work so far has allowed her to apply her interest in people and psychology to the organizational setting and to examine organizations as being embedded in ever-changing environments.

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