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Rod Githens

Rod P. Githens, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Drexel Sacramento

Program Affiliation:

Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management
M.S., Human Resource Development


Ph.D., Ed.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Illinois State University
B.S., Lincoln Christian College

Areas of Expertise:

  • Creating diverse and humane organizations
  • Increasing access to self-sustaining careers through workforce development
  • Online education

Professional Experience:

  • Drexel University Sacramento
    Associate Clinical Professor (2014-present)
  • University of Louisville
    Associate Professor with tenure, Organization Development (2014)
    Assistant Professor, Organization Development (2008-14)
    Program Director, Organizational Leadership and Learning (2009-13)
    Panama Executive Program Leader (2011-13)
  • University of Illinois
    Coordinator of Online Programs, Department of Human Resource Education (2006-08)
    Assistant Coordinator of Online Programs/Graduate Teaching Assistant (2004-06)
  • Supervalu Inc., Champaign Division
    Human Resources Manager (2002-04)
    Employee Relations Manager (2001-02)
    Human Resources Assistant (2001)
  • Hobbico, Inc.
    Technical Trainer (2000-01) 
  • Supervalu Inc., Champaign Division
    Human Resources Intern (2000)
  • DePaul University
    Academic Advisor, College of Commerce (2000)


Full list of publications available at

  • Cumberland, D. M., & Githens, R. P. (in press).  Organization development and change through franchise advisory boards: A model for governance processes and member relationships.  Human Resource Development Review.
  • Cumberland, D., & Githens, R. P. (in press). Using needs assessment as a learning tool in the product development process: A case study of a quick service restaurant chain. Journal of Workplace Learning.
  • Githens, R. P., Sauer, T. M., Crawford, F., Cumberland, D. M., & Wilson, K. B. (in press). Online workforce development in community colleges: Connection with community, institutional, and governance factors. Community College Review.
  • Githens, R. P., Albornoz, C., Gonzalez, L. E., Rocco, T. S., Wiggins-Romesburg, C. (in press). Development of human resources in Latin American contextsIn Poell, R. F., Rocco, T. S., & Roth, G. L. (Eds.), The Routledge companion to human resource development. London: Routledge.
  • Rocco, T. S., Thijssen, J. G. L., & Githens, R. P. (2013). The myths of aging and decline: Career development and employability of older workers.  In C. Valentin and J. Walton (Eds.), Human resource development: Practices and orthodoxies (pp. 184-201). London: Palgrave.
  • Githens, R. P. (2012). Organization change and social organizing strategies: Employee-initiated organization development. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(4), 487-518.
  • Githens, R. P. (2012).  Approaches to diversity in educating for LGBTQ-friendly changes in a university. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 5(4), 207-221(A journal of the American Psychological Association)
  • Cornacchione, E. B., Lawanto, O., Githens, R. P., Johnson, S. D. (2012). The role of students' professional experience in online learning: Analysis of synchronous participation. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 8(2), 88-97.
  • Githens, R. P., Sauer, T. M., Crawford, F., & Wilson, K. B. (2012). Online occupational education in community colleges: Prevalence, programming, and connection with workforce development needs.  Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, 37(1), 35-56.
  • Schmidt, S. W., Githens, R. P., Rocco, T. S., Kormanik, M. (2012). Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people and human resource development: An examination of the literature.  Human Resource Development Review, 11(3), 328-350.
  • Jost, B., Rude-Parkins, C., & Githens, R. P. (2012). The relationship among academic performance, age, gender, and ethnicity in online courses delivered by two-year colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 36(9), 656-669.
  • Cumberland, D., & Githens, R. P. (2012) Tacit knowledge barriers in franchising. Journal of Workplace Learning, 24(1), 48-58.
  • Ghosh, R., & Githens, R. P. (2011). Online contract training: Applying organization theory to reconcile competing missions within community colleges.  Human Resource Development Review, 10(2), 180-197.
  • Githens, R. P. (2011). Diversity and incivility: Considering an action-oriented approach. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 13(1), 40-53.