Adrian B. Popa, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Associate Professor, Department Chair
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Dr. Adrian B. Popa joined the esteemed faculty at Gonzaga University in 2005. He is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership. Dr. Popa holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of California at Irvine, a Master Degree in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach, a Master Degree in Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from University of Utah. Before Dr. Popa came to Gonzaga University he worked as a research analyst at University of Utah consulting with federal, state, and community organizations. This work also provided foundational opportunities to work in grassroots leadership at the state and community level. Prior to research, Dr. Popa worked as a family counselor in the hospital and medical setting at Loma Linda University Medical Center, CA. At Gonzaga University, Dr. Popa teaches in the areas of Organizational Ethics, Research & Evaluation Methods, Leadership and Hardiness/Resilience, and Leadership Seminar.
His research interests focus on the impact of leadership practices on job attitudes, personal and organizational resilience, the role of psychological hardiness in post-conflict societies, and moral imagination. Dr. Popa is active and sits on the board of international organizations, presents at international conference, and serves as editor of AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy.
Dr. Popa has served on boards of international organizations, served as Editor of an international academic journal, and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Leadership Education.
Dr. Popa was born and raised in Romania, where he continues to visit, serve, and partner with colleagues on academic projects and endeavors.
In his spare time, Dr. Popa enjoys traveling, mountaineering, sea kayaking, and camping – but most of all – spending time with his precious family.