CLSOR White Papers


The following are White Papers developed for the University. The following may be used for teaching purposes or general consumption of topical material.

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Managing the Stress Arc: Using Evidenced Based Cognitive Strategies for Training Employees in Industry to Deal with Large Scale Disaster and Rapid Change

This Whitepaper covers the psychological and functional implications of impacts felt around the country, including the most recent in Texas, moving to an introduction to the
stress arc, examining psychological adaptability and strategy for managing the stress arc, and finally, how industry leaders outside of healthcare can utilize these system dynamics in renegotiating strategy and helping their employees in times of rapid onset of change due to crisis events

Author: Dr. Rodney Luster


The Impact of a Phenomenon" Women and Minorities in the Workforce and the Gender Wage Gap

During the 20th century, women’s contribution to the labor force grew considerably. Women worked more hours and pursued higher education in larger numbers. Advanced technical skills and higher levels of education were driving women’s earnings closer to their male counterparts. Despite this progression, there is still an undeniable wedge, especially with the most recent results observed. This White Paper opens the questions and reasons for what is happening with these marginalized groups utilizing the UOP Career Optimism Index and more to highlight aspects of an enduring phenomenon.

Author: Dr. Kim Sanders


Reconnecting with Self and Outside Activities Add to Career Enjoyment, Happiness Levels

This white paper examines the problem of career, compromise, and diminished expectations and the potentials of reconnecting to self and society in new ways for enhancing career and quality of life.

Author: Dr. Erik Bean


Career Pathways: Engineering Your Career to Last Decades

Career pathways are the blueprint for how an individual can create a career of their lifetime by synthesizing personal passion with the pursuit of academic credentials integrated with on-the-job professional development. This white paper explores the genesis of the career pathway concept and provides insight into how one can empower themselves to engineer a fulfilling career.

Author: Dr. Mark Vitale



Breaking Down Barriers: The Importance of Collaboration Between a City Manager and Chief of Police in Today’s Society

Public trust of governmental institutions and government officials at the local, state, and national levels are low (Pew Research Center, 2021). Compounding the general mistrust between community members and local government officials is the tension between the police and the public related to aggressive policing which has resulted in increased calls for police accountability and transparency. In most local governmental structures, the chief of police reports to the city manager. In order to rebuild public trust, the city manager and chief of police must develop a productive collaborative relationship. In an effort to build a mutually collaborative relationship, these executive leaders need to understand each other’s roles and the challenges each face.  There are steps that each can take to ensure that a collaborative partnership is established and maintained to achieve both community safety and organizational goals.

Authors: Dr. Donald Munday-University of Phoenix and Dr. Marie Peoples


Navigating the Industry Workplace During COVID-19: Renegotiating Proximity

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted significant employment shifts worldwide. Millions of workers experienced sudden and unexpected job loss while millions more struggled to adapt to the isolation of working remotely. In addition to risking their health, essential workers faced the psychological burden of distancing from others, wearing protective gear, fearing personal exposure, and the trauma of treating the critically sick and dying with few resources.  Although COVID-19’s impact varies, a large majority of workers have and will likely experience drastic changes and potential consequences to their financial, emotional, and professional lives; especially as new variants of the virus emerge.

Author: Dr. Amy Priess


In recent times in the United States (US) debate over the merits of single payer types of health care systems and universal coverage (which have the government in control of health care services and payments) has increased (Scheinker et al., 2021; Oberlander, 2019). There are wide discrepancies in the public’s understanding and the health care providers perspective on these topics. The term “Medicare for All” has grown in popularity, often being mistaken for free universal health care. This can lead to unintended consequences for new policies (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2019). The US Health System, ranked 37th by the World Health Organization (2000), has often been criticized for its high cost yet unresolved issues relating to universal access and poor health outcomes relative to other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, n.d.) nations. Comparisons of the US health care system are often made to the single payer Canadian Health System (ranked 30th) and the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom (ranked 18th). However, fewer comparisons have been published with the world’s second ranked Italian Health System, which is a single-payer system modeled after the NHS. A closer look at the US and the world’s highest ranked single payer health system in Italy in areas relating to cost and coverage, services and resources, and health outcomes may advance the debate on options for the American healthcare system. This white paper examines the challenges and opportunities of two widely diverging systems and the possibilities of what we may be missing.
Author: Dr. Stephen Notaro