Director Organizational Management and Leadership ProgramsBusiness and Technology Division
Ph.D. Human and Organizational Systems (Fielding Graduate University)M.A. Organizational Development (Fielding Graduate University)M.A. Psychology/Organizational Management (Regis University)B.S. Cognitive Psychology (University of Colorado at Boulder)
In addition to his role as Program Director for Organizational Management and Assistant Professor of Business and Technology, John also serves on the College of Adult and Graduate Studies academic assessment advisory board and develops graduate curriculum for the Business and Technology Division.
John is a behavioral technologist and serial entrepreneur with over twenty-five years of experience co-creating collaborative technologies for improving innovation and performance. John has served as a technical trainer, instructional designer and change management consultant for small to mid-sized startups, development-stage organizations and multi-national Fortune 100 companies representing a mix of diverse business sectors including: entertainment, telecommunications, transportation, medical, technical, financial services, governmental and educational endeavors. John is certified in interpersonal communications, group dynamics, leadership development and conflict resolution.
Dr. Cheney has been a manager and change management consultant with global organizations such as Texas Instruments, Air Products & Chemicals, General Motors, and Washington University Medical Center. He taught full time internationally for TI’s Corporate Leadership Development Center and early in his career did pioneering work (including his doctoral dissertation) on OD/Change initiatives such as self-directed work teams, TQM, and ISO9000/1. Later, he was the “organizational shrink” for Harley-Davidson’s aviation department. After a lucrative 30+ year career in the corporate world, Alan was called to teach college full time. He was associate professor and counselor at a medical school in the Caribbean for seven years and now teaches for CCU and Liberty University.
Dr. Landfair-Mueller has worked in the field of organizational development and human resource management for over 20 years. She has authored numerous case studies and has extensive experience teaching in the fields of organizational leadership, human resources, ethical decision making and corporate social responsibility.
Dr. Ruffin is a true scholar-practitioner, having served 26 years as a Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice. In this capacity, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of some of our nation's most violent criminal organizations. During his tenure with the government, Dr. Ruffin became recognized nationally and internationally, as an expert in interviewing and interrogation techniques, verbal and non-verbal behaviors, and how to detect deception. In 2012, Dr. Ruffin retired from government service and opened a private company that specializes in litigation assistance; mediation and negotiations; and direct trial support. Dr. Ruffin's primary interests are in effective communication, and specifically, how technology has impacted our interpersonal skills. Dr. Ruffin has developed curriculum for universities, law enforcement agencies, healthcare organizations, and foreign entities, and is a recognized author, trainer, and speaker.
Dr. Saltarelli is an instructional designer in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning at Stanford University. Over the past 10 years, he has taught and designed numerous face-to-face, online, and blended courses. He teaches courses in educational and social psychology, emerging social and instructional technologies, and leadership. His research agenda centers on how instructional technologies differentially and dynamically interact with the social psychological processes – such as motivation and belongingness – underlying teaching and learning. Dr. Saltarelli is also a strong proponent of open education and has helped to develop a number of free, open online courses and learning experiences.
Dr. Selzer has taught leadership and spiritual formation at and number of Universities for the past 10 years. She is the President of Mentor Leadership Team, is a radio talk show host, author of two books on leadership and mentoring, and speaks and trains on mentoring and leadership internationally.
Dr. Barry Thompson is a past graduate and undergraduate student of CCU and is now an adjunct professor. He has held management positions with global organizations such as IBM, SAP and Oracle. He has also been a senior pastor in churches in South Africa and Colorado. Barry has been involved in several corporate learning companies that provide blended learning strategies for the corporate learner. His clients include Oracle, Sun, Cox, Comcast, AT&T, the State of Colorado (law enforcement) and Wall Street on Demand. Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. His specific research interest is how confidence impacts the outcomes of the learner.
Dr. Usrey is a CCU College of Adult and Graduate Studies affiliate faculty member as well as a professor in the traditional undergraduate School of Business and Leadership. He teaches law, business, and leadership courses. Dr. Usrey has extensive history in the public, non-profit, and educational sectors. He served as an Attorney General for the state of Washington, has acted as a trail lawyer in commercial law, and served as lawyer and project manager at McGraw-Hill. In the non-profit sector Dr. Usrey was both CEO and President of Samaritan Center and also worked as General Counsel and Interim COO at Mission to Unreached People. In addition, Dr. Usrey served as a dean at both Whitworth College and Friends University and was president at LCC International University.