Cynthia Roberts, Ph.D. RODP
Teddy Jacobi Dean College of Business
Professor Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Technology Building 189
Office Hours: By appointment
Cynthia Roberts is Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She teaches leadership, team development, ethics, organizational behavior, and gender and diversity in management. Roberts is also a Registered Organizational Development Professional (RODP) and has worked with numerous clients in healthcare, retail, banking and manufacturing who are interested in improving their effectiveness.
Prior to joining Purdue North Central, Cynthia spent 18 years within the healthcare field, as a manager, program director and educator. Her particular interest in leadership development emerged as she both observed and personally experienced the difficulty one faces once promoted to a leadership position based on technical expertise but with little formal preparation in how to deal with complexities of human behavior within an organization. Roberts brings her unique blend of experience and academic preparation to each class she teaches and is a strong advocate of educational methods using experiential exercises and service learning approaches.
Cynthia is a member of the Organizational Development Network, the Academy of Management, the American Society of Training and Development, the Society for Human Resource Managers, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. She is a current member, as well as past president, of the Michigan City Women in Management group.
Areas of Expertise
Robert’s personal mission is to help people work better together and she strives to develop collaborative relationships in all her academic and professional engagements. Her expertise includes team building and group process facilitation, leadership development, performance improvement, change management, and strategic planning. Her research interests, presentations and publications include issues related to leadership development, gender and leadership, team development, ethics education, strategic approaches to implementing technology and service learning.
Began at Purdue North Central
Ph.D., Organizational Development, Benedictine University, 2009
M.S., Organizational Development, Loyola University Chicago, 1999
M.S., Training and Development, Loyola University Chicago, 1999
B.S., Medical Technology, Northern Illinois University, 1979
Leadership, Team Development, Organizational Behavior, Ethics, Gender and Diversity in Management, Human Resource Management, Training Methods