Research Fellows

Research Fellows

Glenda Shepherd, Ph.D.

About: 

Dr. Glenda Shepherd is a senior Equal Opportunity Specialist (civil rights investigator) with the Department of Housing and Urban Development where she is responsible for investigating housing related discrimination complaints and ensuring federal entitlements are in compliance with federal laws and regulations.  She has previously served as a federal agent for the U.S. Army, semi-covert member of the Drug Suppression Team (U.S. Army), Adjunct Faculty for Prairie View A&M University, and a police tactics and unarmed self-defense instructor for Texas A&M University.

Dr. Shepherd graduated from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Human Relations, and Prairie View A&M with a Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice. Currently, Dr. Glenda Shepherd also serves as the Lead Faculty (LFAC) for Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix-Houston Campus, is a Writing Fellow for the Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research, and is a certified Professional Development and Leadership Coach. Dr. Shepherd is a mother, a U.S. Army Veteran, an advocate for disabled and homeless veterans, a huge fan of social justice, and an avid weightlifter. 

Hilary Johnson-Lutz, Ph.D.

About: 

Dr. Hilary Johnson-Lutz earned her doctorate in Organization and Management with a specialization in Management Education from Capella University.  She holds a Master’s degree in Management from Troy University.  She is a retired Air Force Communications and Information officer and a proud Navy wife.  She has over twelve years of teaching experience and currently works for University of Phoenix School of Business and her research interests include workplace diversity, business, and management/leadership.

James Ashton, Ph.D.

About: 

 

Dr. James Ashton graduated from Florida Metropolitan University with his B.S. in Business Administration along with his M.B.A. with a Human Resources concentration.  He earned his doctorate (DBA in Management) from Argosy University-Sarasota in 2010.  Dr. Ashton has over 16 years of higher education experience as an Academic Dean for two Universities as well as a program director in Business).  Dr. Ashton was named to the Who's Who as a student, professor, and a Dean.  His academic research includes topics exploring violence in the workplace and his professional goal is to teach others to become our next generation of leaders.  

Rehema Underwood, Ph.D.

About: 

Dr. Rehema Underwood is an Associate SAS faculty and has been affiliated with the University of Phoenix (UOP) since 2006. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College, and Master’s and Doctorate in psychology from Walden University, with an emphasis in Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Underwood’s interests involve leadership effectiveness in a workplace, with a special interest in early attachment and its relationship to leadership styles.

Dr. Underwood has been an online facilitator for over 11 years, where she has taught several psychology courses for the University of Phoenix.  She currently chairs and serves on multiple committees, with an interest in both qualitative and quantitative research.  In her free time, she volunteers her time peer-reviewing for the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE).  Dr. Underwood enjoys a great challenge, and loves to help others achieve their goals.

 

Donna Smith, Ph.D.

About: 

Dr. Donna Smith earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees as a working adult, and has an affinity for students who must juggle multiple commitments and priorities. She has worked as a college administrator and faculty member for more than fifteen years, and is thankful each day for the opportunity to resolve conflicts and explore student, faculty, and staff issues. Her biggest successes have resulted from helping people by listening, reflecting, and encouraging them to understand potential choices and possible outcomes. Her educational background includes a B.A. with a dual major in mathematics and Spanish (not a native speaker).

After working in the Civil Engineering field, she transitioned to higher education during an economic downturn, and earned an M.A. in Instructional Leadership. Her Ph.D., in the multidisciplinary field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has prepared her for many interesting endeavors. While working on her doctorate, her local community suffered enormous 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 later decimated by Hurricane Sandy. She is most comfortable with the qualitative methodologies of phenomenology and case study, and has also served as a committee member for quantitative dissertations. Her research interests include diversity, social problems, and the intricacies of remediating conflict. She learns something new from each of her students and colleagues, and is proud to be a member of the University of Phoenix SAS faculty.