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2014 Annual Student Research Colloquium


Students who are able to join us at the conference this year will have the opportunity to present their papers on Monday, October 27th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm.  Below you will find a listing of winners and their titled work.

Overall winner:

Shirley Knobel for her paper "Becoming a Leader: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Lifeworld of Nelson Mandela"


Winning Papers:

Cynthia Cavalli for her paper "The Experience of Meaning in Transformative Synchronicities"

Debbie Rundlett for her paper "Untapped Leadership Capacity: The Role of Spirituality in Shaping Core Identity, Character and Call"

Debbie Rundlett is a highly respected thought leader, author, speaker, and coach.  Her recent work centers on the role of spirituality in unleashing untapped potential across the levels of self, team, organization, and community.  Her passion is engaging the whole person - mind, body, heart, and spirit.  Debbie has worked at Sotheby's and with the advertising launch team of IBM-PC.  She currently serves as General Presbyter of Muskingum Valley Presbytery with oversight of 85 congregations across 14 counties in Ohio.  She received her Masters of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University; her Masters of Divinity from the Divinity School at Yale University; and her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.


Jennifer Whitty for her paper "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: A Human Systems Analysis of Workplace Incivility"

Jennifer Whitty has more than 20 years of experience spanning marketing communications, organization development, and broadcast television. She began her career as a news editor before transitioning to public relations. This path led her to a role at a global communications firm, where she developed strategic communications programs for clients such as Yahoo!, SBC Communications, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. She thrived in the people-centric culture of agency life, which included collaboration, creativity, blue chip clients, and bi-weekly chair massages.

After transitioning to a role in academia, Jennifer found herself navigating less familiar cultural territory – one rife with red tape, silos, and power dynamics. With a title inspired by the song playing on the radio as she drove away from her job of nearly a decade, her research paper “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: A Human Systems Analysis of Workplace Incivility” explores the ripple effect of workplace incivility on multiple human systems. Jennifer holds a M.A. in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, and a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University Sacramento.


Jennifer Nicholas for her paper "Case Study: Implementation of ITIL"

Jennifer Nicholas is a professional development instructor and Ph.D. candidate in Workforce Education and Development. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College and her Master’s in Adult Education and Training from Seattle University. Her research interest is in the construction and management of employability narratives.





Aileen Zaballero is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) and dual title Ph.D. candidate in workforce education and development and comparative international education.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development at the University of Nevada and her Master’s degree in Workplace Learning and Performance at the University of Nevada.  Her research interest is in talent management.




Matt Raup is a Desktop Team Manager for Penn State Outreach, Specialist in the 28th Infantry Division at Army National Guard, and Ph.D. candidate in Workforce Education and Development.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from Juniata College and his Master’s in Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University.  His research interests are in organization development and college sports.





Sohel Imroz is a senior business analyst, ITIL problem manager, and Ph.D. candidate in Workforce Education and Development at Penn State.  Sohel earned his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, MBA from Drake University, and Master’s in management information systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  His research interests are talent management, leadership development, executive education, and IT service management.



Pam Davis for her paper "Employee Coaching in Practice:  A Stages of Change Approach to Direct Managers’ Adoption of Employee Coaching"

Pam Davis is a professional coach and consultant from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since 2011, she has delivered 1:1 coaching to individuals, helping people set and attain career and professional goals.  Pam has also worked as an expert consultant on business development, social media, personal branding, writing projects, and training/workshop design. Her consulting projects have included training impact analysis, process improvement research, survey design and feedback, and change assessment/planning.  Pam is a doctoral student in Organizations Psychology, at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco.  For her dissertation, Pam is studying managerial coaching, the practice of manager's coaching their staff.  Pam's other interests include team effectiveness, organizational and peer learning, online social networks, innovation, and technology adoption.



Kailin Wang for her paper "Toward a Theory of Motivation Intelligence for Leaders"



Below you will find the guidelines for all Student Paper Presentation candidates.


SRC Information

The OD Networks invites current and recently graduated OD students, from both masters’ and doctoral programs, to submit original research papers to the OD Student Research Colloquium illustrating their current or recently completed research work on topics that are useful and helpful to advance theory and practice to the OD field.  

An experienced review team of senior scholar-practitioners and faculty members will review research paper submissions and select the best research papers from those submissions that meet the evaluation criteria.  Selected research papers will be presented at the Student Research Colloquium at the 2014 OD Network conference in Philadelphia. 


Paper Evaluation Criteria

Research Papers must:

1.  Demonstrate high quality research, using any appropriate methods.

2.      Advance the theory and practice of OD.

3.      Draw on, build on, or advance documented OD theory.

4.      Address a problem or issue confronting the field of OD.

5.      Be cogent and well written. 


SRC Paper Submission Guidelines

Guidelines differ for research-in-process papers and completed research papers.  See the table below for specific guidelines.


Completed Research Submission GuidelinesResearch-in-Process Submission Guidelines
Represent original research that has already been completed and can benefit from thoughtful feedback and discussion.Represent original research that is in process and can benefit from thoughtful feedback and discussion.
Be submitted by a current student, or a graduate within the past year, from a master's or doctoral program with an OD focus.Be submitted by a current student or a graduate within the past year, from a master's or doctoral program with an OD focus.
Submitted research paper is not to exceed 4,000 words for completed work.Submitted research paper is not to exceed 2,500 words for research-in-process.
Include in their format: a title; an introduction to the topic, question, or subject of inquiry, and its relevance to the field of OD; A summary of the research methodology; data analysis or plan for data analysis; results or findings (at least in a draft); conclusions (at least in a draft); implications for future research (at least in a draft)Include in their format: a title; an introduction to the topic, question, or subject of inquiry, and its relevance to the field of OD; a summary of the research methodology; a data analysis or plan for data analysis; anticipated findings; key questions you wish to explore with colleagues; key references (does not need to be exhaustive)
Adherence to APA Style guidelinesAdherence to APA Style Guidelines


*Submissions not following the guidelines will be excluded from the evaluation process


2014 SRC Evaluation Team

Debra Lindh and David Jamieson


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