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Fielding Graduate University Names Nancy Wallis New Associate Dean

The scholar-practitioner has long been interested in leadership that improves the quality of human lives.

Nancy C. Wallis Ph.D. has been appointed associate dean for curriculum and program delivery at Fielding Graduate University’s School of Human & Organizational Development.

Nancy Wallis
Nancy Wallis
Wallis has a lifelong history of interweaving academic pursuits and the practice of leadership in organizational settings. Most recently, she developed and taught graduate-level curriculum in organization behavior and organization theory in several business schools with particular interest in transformational leadership and developmental action inquiry as a methodology for understanding and harnessing individual, group, and organizational levels of action. A central research interest is linking individual and senior leadership team development to improving organizational performance. One of her working papers, “Transformational and Individualized Leadership: A qualitative study of senior executive leaders” presents one study in which individuals in formally assigned, unique leader-follower dyads created mutually transforming relationships.

Prior to her full-time academic appointments, she attained a wealth of experience from her 30 years as senior leader, project manager, consultant, supervisor, administrator, trainer and mentor, always with a larger goal of improving leadership capacity and organizational performance. She has served in numerous executive roles with leading health-care insurance companies, where she had administrative responsibility for $1 billion in medical expense including premium billing and collections, medical claims and risk management.

Other past affiliations include PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG Peat Marwick.

With a career as a scholar-practitioner, Wallis is committed to the study and practice of leadership that improves the quality of human lives, in small and large systems, in which personal and collective transformation is engaged, and where organizational goals are aligned with increasing social and economic justice. She serves on the board executive committee of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and is a member of the Academy of Management. She presents regularly at the annual conferences associated with these organizations, as well as at industry and client meetings.

Wallis earned her Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University in human and organizational systems, her MSPH and MBA from UCLA and her BS in biochemistry from UC Davis.

Sylvia Williams is Fielding Graduate University’s communications director.

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