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MSLD Faculty

Dr. Cris WildermuthHeadshot Cris Wildermuth
(515) 271-4701

B.A.: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
ME.d.: Boling Green State University
M.A.: The Ohio State University
Ed.D.: Bowling Green State University

Research Interests
Employee engagement, personality in the workplace, adaptive leadership, and the case-in-point method

Classes taught
Capstone Research, Ethics, Designing Learning Interventions, Organizational Development and Leading Change, Contemporary Workplace Issues

Administrative/Leadership experience

Certification Director, Iowa Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Council; Diversity Director, Central Iowa SHRM; Community Chair, Linked:HR (online HR community with 650,000 members worldwide) 



Dr. Thomas Westbrook

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(515) 271-3078

B.S.: Tusculum College
M.S.: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Ph.D.: University of Iowa

Research Interests
Organizational political acumen, adult learning, and the impact of learning on personal and organizational change

Classes taught
Graduate: Living, Leading and Learning in the 21st Century; Adult and Organizational Learning; Leadership Essentials; Organizational Savvy and Communications; Leadership in Organizations

Undergraduate: Leadership Foundations; FYS; honors courses; Leaders, Followers and Power Wielders

Administrative/Leadership experience
Chair of undergraduate concentration in Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD); served as assistant provost and assistant dean at Drake; served as dean at Simpson College.

Julie Caspar

julie.caspar@drake.eduHeadshot of Julie Caspar
(515) 271-3888

B.A.:  College of St. Benedict
M.S:  Drake University

Research Interests
Employee workplace performance and results; optimizing Human Resources as an organizational function; successful sales competencies

Classes taught
Human Performance Improvement, Human Resources Management, Compensation Benefits & Total Rewards, Leadership Essentials, Living, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century

Administrative/Leadership experience
Owner and President of HR Hotline, a Human Resources consulting firm; held multiple organizational Human Resources leadership roles in domestic and international capacities; Guest Host of Today’s Learning Workplace podcast; guest speaker at numerous events for Society of Human Resources Management chapters and other organizations; former Membership Chair of Philadelphia Survey Group; certified trainer in Zenger Miller Supervisory program; certified trainer in Leadership Effectiveness program; received the Academic Excellence in Leadership Award for Human Resources from Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, a global pharmaceutical company.