EAHR Department Welcomes New Faculty


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: April 01, 2013

Dr. Lisa M. Baumgartner earned Ed. D. (Adult Education) from the University of Georgia in 2000. Dr. Baumgartner teaches courses in the foundations of adult education, adult learning, trends and issues in adult education and feminist pedagogy. Dr. Baumgartner views life experiences as a rich resource for learning and encourages students to connect the theory they learn in the classroom to their life experiences. Her research interests focus on adult learning and development. She is especially interested in the intersections of chronic illness, identity development, learning and context. She won the Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education for Learning in Adulthood: A Comprehensive Guide (3rd ed) that she co-authored with
Sharan B. Merriam and Rosemary S. Caffarella. She is a recipient of the Kellogg Foundation's Houle Scholars Research Grant for Emerging Scholars.

Dr. Michael Beyerlein earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University in 1986. He moved to the University of North Texas (1987) where he founded the Center for the Study of Work Teams (1990, later known as The Center for Collaborative Organizations) and helped establish a doctoral program in Industrial/Organizational psychology, attaining the rank of Professor (1996). Over 17 years of operation the Center sponsored conferences for 18,000 people from 25 countries and generated funding for 150 graduate students. The Center was awarded the UNT President’s Council Service Award (1994). While at UNT Dr. Beyerlein also received the President’s Council Teaching Award (1993), The Developing Scholar Award (1999), and the Regents Faculty Lecturer Award (2006). He also received the
CSU Distinguished Alumni Award in I/O Psychology (2006). He moved to Purdue University as Department Head of Organizational Leadership & Supervision (2007). After a merger of Purdue departments he resumed the role of Professor in Technology, Leadership, and Innovation (2010). He served as senior editor of the Elsevier annual book series Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams, the Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer book series Collaborative Work Systems, and the journal Team Performance Management. He has published 50 journal articles and book chapters and edited or authored 20 books. His funding of close to $8,000,000 has come from the NSF, several additional government agencies, and companies such as Boeing, Shell, NCH, AMD, Intel, Raytheon, First American Financial, Westinghouse, and Xerox. His main area of research interest is Innovation Science, Creativity and Collaboration and Building Virtual Teams.

Dr. Beverly J. Irby earned her Ed.D. (Education) from the University of Mississippi in 1983. She has earned the reputation of an excellent professor and her mentored students have garnered numerous research awards. She was selected as a national UCEA David Clark Scholar Mentor and a two-time Piper Professor Nominee. She has a graduate student scholarship and directed the Brown and Irby Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership in her honor at Sam Houston State University (Texas). Dr. Irby’s research focus is that of social responsibility for instructional leadership; theory development/validation; women’s leadership; gender equity; early childhood, bilingual/ESL, gifted, and science
education; online learning; reflective practice portfolios; international leadership; principal and teacher evaluation/professional development; program evaluation; and various research techniques including bricolage. A national/international speaker, she and her research group have developed studies and garnered over $35,000,000 in grant funding. She developed the Hispanic Bilingual Gifted Screening Instrument and the Synergistic Leadership Theory. Dr. Irby, who holds the Texas State University System Regents Professor since 2009, has several awards and honors among which are Bilingual Research Journal Senior Reviewer 2012, AERA Educational Researcher Reviewer 2010, AERA Research on Women and Education Information Age Publishing Legacy Award 2012, Editor of Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, Board of Reviewers for ELCC, and AERA Willystine Goodsell Award 2005