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M.A. Organizational Leadership


Our culturally diverse faculty with academic and practice expertise from multiple academic disciplines prepare you for careers in global organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.



Joseph F. Albert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Acting Dean, School of Professional Studies

Dr. Albert has been with the ORGL program since 1994 and has had a strong hand in shaping the program as it stands today. He is involved in studies focused on Organizational Dynamics, Personal Narrative, Authenticity, Attachment, and Psychology. He works with other universities and local organizations on Leadership Development programs focused on intentionally developing future leaders both academically and in real-world situations. Recently he submitted a college course to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their Enduring Questions Grant entitled “Who Am I” focused on Authenticity and Narrative of leadership.

In the future Dr. Albert hopes to produce work on Authentic Leadership by exploring the underlying factors of authentic leadership. He has a special interest in looking at Captain Earnest Shackelton and his experiences in trying to explore the South Pole and how it compares and contrasts with Ahab from Moby Dick. He also wants to use the entertainment icon Bruce Springsteen to explore Servant Leadership through his experiences, career, and music.

In his off time, Dr. Albert trains for participating in triathlons, spends time with his family, and reflects on his work – both ongoing and future.


Michael Carey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dean of the Virtual Campus

Dean Carey has been an educator for forty years, with experience as a teacher and administrator at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels.  He was the first faculty member hired to teach in the Organizational Leadership program when it began in 1987.  His academic areas of specialization include Transforming Leadership, Servant-Leadership, and Ignatian Pedagogy.  In 2004, Dean Carey started the first online graduate degree program at Gonzaga.


Dennis Conners, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Dennis Arthur Conners came to the Department of Organizational Leadership with over 30 years of experience as an educational leader. He likes to say that he is a “recovering administrator” referring to his practitioner roles as a principal and assistant principal in the K-12 system and program director, dean and academic vice president in higher education.  Interspersed with the practice of leading, he “preaches” the theory of leadership in graduate programs at both the master\’s and doctoral level. His writing and research focus primarily on transformational learning and leading. In particular, he is concerned with how graduate leadership programs can intentionally turn the curriculum inside out, reconnecting the learning agenda with the real world outside to integrate theory, consciousness, and profound social change.

Married for over 35 years to his wife Barbara, they have two grown children both in education.


Lunell Haught, Ph.D.

Lunell specializes in organizational development, focusing on change and conflict management. She teaches Organizational Leadership, Organizational Theory, Conflict Management and Organizational Development, and mentors students in the Communications Program. She has owned her own consulting firm since 1996 and clients of Haught Strategies have included government, for profit and non-profit organizations. She has lead CEO groups of multi-million dollar privately held businesses and non-profit organizations. Her current area of research is about collaborations and what happens to the participants once they ‘leave the table’. She has written numerous articles for the popular press, and presented at national and international conferences. Lunell is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants USA, which represents the highest standards of consulting and ethics. Fewer than one percent of all consultants have achieved this level of performance. Her volunteer life has included Board Membership of numerous non-profit organizations. She is currently the President of the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition. She is a self-described good government and good idea groupie.


Kristine Hoover, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Hoover teaches Leadership and Imagination, Organizational Ethics, Organizational Development, Organizational Change and Transformation, and Management. Her classes are offered at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in on campus, blended, intensive, and online formats. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, and Master of Business Administration, Master of Organization Development, and Doctorate in Leadership Studies degrees from Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include applied ethics, diversity, and service learning. She has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Personnel Review, and the Organization Development Journal. She has also presented her research at the International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Annual Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE) conferences. She has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has been a trainer for SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. Her leadership roles include serving as the Chair of the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board and the Chair of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies.

When not involved with academia, Dr. Hoover enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 sons, gardening, camping, boating, and supporting their children in various activities.


John Horsman, Ph.D.

Degrees from Gonzaga University

  • Ph.D. Leadership Studies: Dissertation – Servant-leadership & Spirit in Organizations
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership: Project – Group Discernment
  • B.A. Philosophy

Courses taught for Gonzaga University (since 2004)

  • ORGL 500 Organizational Leadership (every session)
  • ORGL 502 Leadership & Imagination
  • ORGL 522 Leadership and Community (St. Andrew’s Abbey)
  • ORGL 530 Servant-leadership (every session)
  • ORGL 660/661/670/671 Readings & Project Courses (every session)

Dr. Horsman’s first career was farming in Saskatchewan. After 13 years he moved his family to Gonzaga University in Washington to study philosophy. He obtained a graduate business diploma at the University of Western Ontario and returned to Gonzaga for a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and a doctorate in Leadership Studies. His dissertation was on Servant-leadership and Spirit in Organizations. As a college/university instructor, he has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. At the graduate level he has taught for Gonzaga’s Masters in Organizational Leadership program, the Health Care program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Masters of Administrative Leadership program at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC Canada. He also taught undergraduate business courses for five years at Chemainus Native College on Vancouver Island, business courses for three years at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and four years of leadership courses at Trinity Western University. Dr. Horsman’s administrative and leadership experience in higher education includes course development, program development, academic programming, recruitment, student life, organizational development, and strategic planning. He enjoys topics in servant-leadership and working with adult students. He is familiar with the challenges of being a non-traditional student as he completed his entire university education as a non-traditional student. His wife and all four children are also graduates of Gonzaga.


Adrian B. Popa, Ph.D.
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 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.


Lazarina Topuzova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Topuzova holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has an M.A. in American Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria and a Master in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the European Peace University, Austria. Currently she teaches Methods of Organizational Research, Leadership and Diversity, as well as the ORGL Capstone and several elective courses.

Dr. Topuzova has spent time in Kosovo working on educational program development, capacity building and conflict resolution skills training for youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds, as well as co-existence and art workshops. Her research interests and expertise are in working with communities, youth, families, refugees, internally displaced persons, as well as services targeted toward those populations. Competency-based and online education, as well as developing leadership capacity in community and grassroots organizations, are among the areas of research that Dr. Topuzova is presently engaged in.

Born in Bulgaria, Dr. Topuzova is fluent in several Slavic languages (Russian, Macedonian, and Serbo-Croatian) in addition to her native Bulgarian. Thanks to her experience working with diverse populations, she has a working knowledge of German, Farsi, and Spanish. Dr. Topuzova is also the co-editor of AUDEM: the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy.

Adjunct Faculty

Josh Armstrong
Anne Ayres-Gerhart
Larry Chouinard
Wesley Church
Cheryl Coan
Shann Ferch
Daryl Geffken
Deborah Hedderly
Dave Houglum
Tim Keator
Barbara Kingsley
Melissa Lowden
Barbara McLaughlin
Aaron McMurray
Joshua Misner
Michael Poutiatine
Marleen Ramsey
Heidi Scott
Larry Spears
John Tomkowiak
Mitchell Walker