Walter H. Gmelch joined the faculty of the Department of
Leadership Studies after having served as the School of Education
Dean for nine years. Before coming to USF, he was Dean of the
College of Education at Iowa State University. He also served in
the roles of dean, associate dean, department chair and professor
at Washington State University.
As educator, management consultant, university administrator,
and former business executive, Dr. Gmelch has conducted research
and written extensively on topics of leadership, team development,
conflict, and stress and time management. He has published over 100
articles, 20 books, and 200 scholarly papers in national and
During the 1990's he directed two national studies of
1,600 university department chairs in the United States, one study
of 1,580 Australian department heads, another investigation of
1,000 community college chairs, and completed an international
study of 2,000 academic deans in Australia and America.
As one of the leading researchers in the study of academic
leaders in higher education, Dr. Gmelch has served as editor and on
the editorial board of journals including Department Chair,
Innovative Higher Education, Academic Leadership, and the Center
for Academic Leadership Newsletter.
Dr. Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellog
National Fellowship, the University Council for Educational
Administration Distinguished professor Award, the Faculty
Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of
America. In addition, he served on the Danforth Leadership Program
and as an Australian Research Fellow.