Organizational Leadership Program Expands With Series of Adjunct Faculty Appointments

Consultant Ariane David, Community Activist/Philanthropic Leader J. Dallas Dishman, AT&T Executive Kevin Tamaki Bring In-Depth Experience in Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and Transdisciplinarity

Woodbury University today announced the addition of three prominent Southern Californians as adjunct faculty in the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Organizational Leadership, a move that reflects the university’s increased focus on civic engagement, entrepreneurship and collaborative thinking, and encourages students to define their unique educational path.

“These three outstanding individuals bring a unique set of experiences and perspectives to the Woodbury University experience that will be invaluable to our students because of the creativity and understanding of the world that they bring to the table,” said Eric Schockman, Ph.D., chairman of the Organizational Leadership department.  “The depth and breadth of their individual experience across so many disciplines is nothing short of extraordinary.”

The announcement follows the August 2013 appointment of Schockman as chair the Organization Leadership program and the university’s decision to move Organizational Leadership from the School of Business to the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies. The institute offers students a cutting-edge approach to exploring the limits of learning, embracing the idea that individuals need to determine the purpose of their education for themselves, but do so in collaboration with others.

“Together, these announcements reflect the growth of Woodbury’s Organizational Leadership program and the recognition that students benefit from learning that is rooted in a transdisciplinary approach that recognizes the value of both professional experience and the liberal arts and sciences,” said Douglas L. Cremer, Ph.D., dean of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies at Woodbury.  “With individuals such as these on our faculty, Woodbury is poised to develop students who emerge from their education capable of contributing this same extraordinary level of leadership to their own communities.”

Newly named as adjunct faculty members in Woodbury’s Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies are:

Ariane David, Ph.D. – David is senior founding partner of The Veritas Group, a consulting firm specializing in change management, and is the developer of the Veritas Intelligence System for Team Assessment (VISTA), which gives managers the ability to “see” an organization’s blind spots.  She has served as a special advisor to the SEC Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise and is the author of a number of publications on critical thinking, conflict transformation, organizational change and culture development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in organizational development, and earned a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Northridge.

J. Dallas Dishman, Ph.D – Dishman is executive director of The David Geffen Foundation, where he oversees philanthropic activities in the areas of HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, cultural arts, Jewish community services and healthcare.  He also serves on the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and is the recipient of numerous community service and academic awards. He received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Southern California. His graduate work explored the emergence of digital communities on the internet and their expanding notions of “community” and anti-gay violence, which employed a mixed methodology to model both quantitative and qualitative aspects of crimes across space and time.

Kevin Tamaki – Tamaki is director of external affairs for AT&T, representing the company on legislative, community, regulatory and business issues involving the City of Los Angeles.  A registered lobbyist, he provides liaison to members of the Los Angeles City Council, Mayor’s office and city departments, boards and commissions. Since joining AT&T more than 30 years ago, he has contributed countless hours of service to the greater Los Angeles community through membership in a wide range of community organizations and on several dozen boards.  Tamaki also has received honors from Los Angeles Valley College, the United Chambers of Commerce and the Valley Interfaith Council, which presented him with its Human Relations Award. In 2002, he was elected a governing board member to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and later served as secretary and co-chair of its Land Use and Planning Committee. He has received a number of awards, including the 2011 Harmon Ballin Community Service Award for outstanding business leadership from the Valley Industry & Commerce Association and the Valley Interfaith Council’s Human Relations Award.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s of urban planning degree from the University of Michigan.  He also is a graduate of the Valley Leadership Institute and the Coro Southern California public affairs leadership program for Asian Pacific Islanders.