MS in Organization Development

An MSOD degree from the University of San Francisco equips students with the academic foundations and frameworks, practical tools, and hands-on experience needed to facilitate change and development in organizations."

Rebekah Dibble, Program Director

Full-Time Faculty

Courtney Masterson

Program Director
(415) 422-2146

Courtney Masterson conducts research that investigates employees’ well-being inside and outside of the workplace. Her research focus aims to advance understanding of the role of business in society and the impact that organizations have on stakeholders’ well-being. Dr. Masterson’s most recent research addresses women’s career mobility and issues at the intersection of work and family. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand these phenomena from various vantage...


PhD, Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management, University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Business Administration, Management, DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Burns

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Zachary C. Burns specializes in managerial and organizational behavior with research in the psychology of morality and ethics, applications in law, and judgment and decision-making. His works surrounds behavioral patterns, intellectual property and intentionality. Dr. Burns previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has had articles on his research published in the Journal of...


Ph.D. Managerial and Organizational Behavior, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research, 2013, Masters Business Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2012, B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Economics, Cornell University, 2006

Rebekah Dibble

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5695

Associate Professor Rebekah Dibble investigates the impact of national culture and government on organizations, the adjustment processes in cross-cultural teams and collaborations, and the theoretical implications of boundary fluidity in teams. Engaging her students in discussions on leader effectiveness and cross-cultural team performance—and the implications of what it means to have a 'global mindset' — Dibble urges her students to explore various forms of interaction within organizations, to...


Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, Thunderbird School of Global Management, PhD, Management, University of California, Irvine, MBA, Brigham Young University, Utah, BA, Business Management, University of Utah

Keith Hunter

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5976

Keith Hunter's primary research interests revolve around organizational networks, culture, and leadership. He is particularly interested in how social networks both influence and reflect the active mental models and power dynamics within organizations. His investigations of the patterns of interaction among people and their implications for human behavior and organizational outcomes are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders. His rich background inspires his research and drives...


Carnegie Mellon University, PhD in Organizational Behavior and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, MPhil in Public Policy and Management, University of Central Florida, MS in Computer Science, University of Central Florida, BS in Computer Science, Valencia Community College, Associate of Arts


Social Network Analysis, Teaching and Facilitation, Team Leadership and Development, Agent-based Modeling

Kevin Lo

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6139

Kevin Lo, associate professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership and Communication, is a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on emotional and cultural intelligence. Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences to encourage his students to recognize a wide range of management and organizational...


University of Hawaii, PhD in International Management, 2007, University of San Francisco, MBA, 2001, University of San Francisco, MA in Asia Pacific Studies, 2001, Brown University, BA in East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, 1996


Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Mindfulness and Self-Care

Jennifer Parlamis

(415) 422-2130

Professor Jennifer Parlamis's academic career has centered on pioneering social-psychological research in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and organization dynamics. Specifically, she studies the impact of technology on negotiation outcomes and the role of anger and incompetency emotions in negotiation and conflict contexts. In addition, she has written on ageism in organizations as well as negotiation pedagogy. She employs the latest scholarly research to help...


PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001, The Moscow Institute of Social and Political Studies, Moscow Russian Language Certificate, Moscow, Russia, 1994 , BA, Psychology and Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 1993


Negotiation and Bargaining, Team Dynamics, Self-as Instrument, Consulting Practices, Mindful Leadership

Richard Stackman

Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
(415) 422-2148

Richard Stackman is a tenured professor in the Humanistic Management and Hospitality Department. His coursework focuses on topics that include organizational behavior, organizational change and development, leadership versus management, and complexity science. Stackman’s recent research with Dr. Linda Henderson explores the gender differences on project team membership, and his scholarly activities underscore personal value systems and complexity theory in organizational functioning. This...


University of California, Berkeley, BS in Business Administration (Cum Laude), Major in Organizational Behavior and Accounting, 1985, University of British Columbia, PhD in Business Administration, 1995

Neil Walshe

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4508

Neil's principle area of research is the role of virtue and morality (or the lack thereof) in organizations, specifically the presence of courage and cowardice within organizational life. His work explores the psychological mechanisms and consequences of virtuous behavior as part of expected occupational roles. By focusing on high-risk occupations such as ordnance disposal, private military contracting, and air-traffic control, Neil attempts to develop greater insight into how workers construct...


Birkbeck College, University of London, PhD. in Organizational Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, MSc. Organizational Psychology, Queens' University of Belfast, BSc. Psychology


Ethics & Morality, Qualitative Data Analysis, Organizational Ethics, Evidence-based Management

Part-Time Faculty

Loni Davis

Adjunct Professor

Loni Davis, PhD, brings over thirty years’ experience working in the field of organization development (OD). Her work has included consulting, training, and teaching in the areas of organizational change, development, and design for a variety of profit and non-profit, national and international organizations in the healthcare, education, technology, and public sectors. Currently, Davis manages her own consulting practice to provide client services that support effective leadership development,...


PhD in Human & Organizational Systems , MA Human & Organization Development , MA Educational Psychology

Timothy Loney

Adjunct Professor

Timothy Loney brings to USF over 35 years of service as an educator in the field of organizational change management. Dr. Loney helps his students approach various kinds of organizational transformation, encouraging them to rigorously investigate not only internal behaviors and processes, but also their external effects on individuals, communities and the environment. Dr. Loney teaches a range of subjects that include systems theory and application, economics and finance, business and public...


DPA, Public Management, University of Southern California, 1983, MPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 1981, MSA, Administration, George Washington University, 1971 , BS, Education, Southern Connecticut State University

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

Monday–Friday 9 a.m–5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221