Exploring the Lived Experiences of Transgender Individuals as they Transition within Traditional Organizations

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Donna Smith, PhD

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Donna Smith

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6 years 11 months
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(908) 475-5912
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Survivors of Natural Disaster

LGBTQ Transitions

Diversity in Online Learning

Leadership Development

Publications: 
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Combat Zone? Challenging the Persistence of Gender Bias in Combat Roles
Who Are You Calling a Pracademic?
Philosophy of Punishment, Justice, and Cultural Conflict in Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
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Dr. Smith brings a diversity of experience to the University of Phoenix, including higher education administration, faculty member, and workforce development. She has served in the roles of Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Director of Adult and Professional Studies, and Director of Academic Support. She has facilitated doctoral level courses for more than 15 years, and enjoys mentoring her undergraduate math students, many of whom are in the military. Most of her teaching is done online, and she is highly proficient in using Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and other proprietary course delivery systems. Dr. Smith has worked with the University of Phoenix since 2008 as an Associate Faculty member in the School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and her M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Centenary University as a working adult, and has an affinity for students who are completing their degree programs while having to prioritize multiple commitments and obligations. While working on her doctorate, her local community suffered massive damage from Hurricane Ivan, prompting her to write her dissertation on the phenomenon of conflict experienced by flood survivors. As a result of her research, she was able to provide assistance and guidance to municipalities which were decimated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. She is most comfortable with the qualitative methodologies of phenomenology and case study, but has also served as a committee member for quantitative dissertations. Her current research interests include diversity and inclusion, social problems, and the intricacies of remediating conflict.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Nova Southeastern University
2008
Masters Degree
Instructional Leadership
Centenary University
1998
Bachelors Degree
Mathematics and Spanish
Hope College
1975
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Associate Faculty and Dissertation Chair
University of Phoenix
Dissertation Chair
Abilene Christian University
Dissertation Chair
Northcentral University
Mathematics Course Mentor
Thomas Edison State University
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PhD
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Kimberly Underwood, PhD, MBA

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Kimberly Underwood
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Kimberly Underwood

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(202) 802-0328
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Dr. Underwood has an extensive background in academia and government, including a combined 15 years of experience in diversity and inclusion education, research and management within academia and government. She has served in the titles of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Policy, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Policy, and Chairperson of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Underwood credits her position in municipal government as the catalyst for a career focus in diversity and inclusion. As Director of Education and Training, her duties included functioning as a senior executive responsible for providing workplace diversity and inclusion consulting, planning and educational programming to a workforce of over 23,000 employees, sister agencies, universities and community colleges, and community organizations. Her responsibilities also included the management of workforce development initiatives, including educational programming design, curriculum development, marketing, funding, and program facilitation. Dr. Underwood’s service record includes leadership and advisory positions within several professional and community organizations. Her publications and presentations address diversity onboarding, diversity management, and supporting diversity within K-12 and higher education. Her research interests include critical multiculturalism and organizational diversity socialization in business settings. Her most recent research projects have focused on the infusion of diversity-related social events into curricula and the role of higher education in effectively developing social responsibility and citizenry. Dr. Underwood has earned her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Executive Certification in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University. She possesses over ten year of higher education teaching experience and has earned the ranks of facilitator, adjunct professor, assistant professor and associate professor. She is highly skilled in teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats and has taught doctoral and graduate-level courses in diversity management, higher education administration, educational leadership, education law, consulting, and organizational behavior. Dr. Underwood proudly notes that she has been with UOP since 2009, starting her tenure as a Associate Faculty member in the School of Business.
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Doctoral Degree
Policy Studies in Education/ Area of Specialization: Social foundations, critical race theory and diversity socialization
University of Illinois at Chicago
2011
Masters Degree
Master of Business Administration; Organizational Strategy and Marketing Concentrations
Illinois Institute of Technology
2005
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Executive Certification in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management
Georgetown University
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2018
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Donna Smith, PhD

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Donna Smith

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6 years 11 months
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(908) 475-5912
Current and Ongoing Research Interests: 

Survivors of Natural Disaster

LGBTQ Transitions

Diversity in Online Learning

Leadership Development

Publications: 
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Combat Zone? Challenging the Persistence of Gender Bias in Combat Roles
Who Are You Calling a Pracademic?
Philosophy of Punishment, Justice, and Cultural Conflict in Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
Professional Bio: 
Dr. Smith brings a diversity of experience to the University of Phoenix, including higher education administration, faculty member, and workforce development. She has served in the roles of Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Director of Adult and Professional Studies, and Director of Academic Support. She has facilitated doctoral level courses for more than 15 years, and enjoys mentoring her undergraduate math students, many of whom are in the military. Most of her teaching is done online, and she is highly proficient in using Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and other proprietary course delivery systems. Dr. Smith has worked with the University of Phoenix since 2008 as an Associate Faculty member in the School of Advanced Studies. Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and her M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Centenary University as a working adult, and has an affinity for students who are completing their degree programs while having to prioritize multiple commitments and obligations. While working on her doctorate, her local community suffered massive damage from Hurricane Ivan, prompting her to write her dissertation on the phenomenon of conflict experienced by flood survivors. As a result of her research, she was able to provide assistance and guidance to municipalities which were decimated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. She is most comfortable with the qualitative methodologies of phenomenology and case study, but has also served as a committee member for quantitative dissertations. Her current research interests include diversity and inclusion, social problems, and the intricacies of remediating conflict.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Nova Southeastern University
2008
Masters Degree
Instructional Leadership
Centenary University
1998
Bachelors Degree
Mathematics and Spanish
Hope College
1975
Academic Appointments: 
Associate Faculty and Dissertation Chair
University of Phoenix
Dissertation Chair
Abilene Christian University
Dissertation Chair
Northcentral University
Mathematics Course Mentor
Thomas Edison State University
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PhD
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Lorraine Priest, PhD

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Lorraine Priest

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(480) 924-0896
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I am interested in learning outside my professional field and have partnered up to learn more about criminal justice as it is an area that I am interested in learning more about

My current interest is in doing research on the generation gap and educational gap of managers.

Publications: 
A Phenomenological Explortation of Mediation Models of Transformative Learning
Pay parity and Staff Attrition
Higher Education and Advanced Training for Corrections
The Impact of Higher Education On Cultural Conflict in Criminal Justice
Cultural Conflict in Corrections: A Review
Exploring the Lived Experiences of Transgender Individuals as they Transition within Traditional Organizations
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/733
DOC/734
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Dr. Lorraine Priest holds several degrees: Associate Degree in Business Administration (Johnson & Wales University): a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, (University of Phoenix): Masters in Business Administration (University of Phoenix): and a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Science, with a major in Leadership and Organizational Change (Walden University). Dr. Priest has provided learning opportunities to employees, and created training for her employer on a global basis. Dr. Priest’s research focuses on diversity in thinking of managers and has extended her knowledge by contributing to publications in the area of corrections. She is a member of the Center for Workplace Diversity Research at the University of Phoenix and a dissertation chair, committee member and University Research Methodologist (URM) for the College of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Priest has co-authored several articles in corrections to enhance her education and reach out to additional research. Her research on A Phenomenological Exploration of Mediation Models of Transformative Learning was a research study that explored the role of mediation in enhancing transformative learning and in fostering an integrative vision for higher online education. The study focused on the impact of peer mentors, facilitators, to address the problem of suboptimal student retention and completion rates in online graduate courses. She has served as the Area Chair in Management and has been a facilitator in the Bachelors and Masters programs. Her ability to be a high school dropout and successfully succeed in obtaining her PhD is inspiring to those who may not believe they too can succeed. Dr. Priest has an exploring nature and enjoy rock hunting and making their treasures into necklaces, rings and bracelets. She also is a volunteer to call and train potential Bingo callers.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Applied Management & Decision Sciences/ Major Leadership and Organizational Change
Walden University
2007
Masters Degree
Business Administration
Univeristy of Phoenix
1996
Bachelors Degree
Business Administration
Univeristy of Phoenix
1994
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Faculty
School of Advances Studies
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Fifth Annual Research Symposium
University of Phoenix Scholarship Editorial Board
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2016
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Cutural Conflects in Criminal Justice: The Role of Higher Education
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PhD
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Using grounded theory, this qualitative study seeks to explore the lived experiences of transgender individuals in "traditional" workplaces. For clarification, traditional workplaces, for the purpose of this study, excludes workplaces and organizations that are LGBTQIA-focused (i.e., community centers, social service agencies, policy development agencies).  The purpose of this study is to create a collective narrative of voices representing transgender individuals who have transitioned in the workplace, including their preand post-transition experiences.

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