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Professor of Leadership and for Community Engagement

Jamesena-Talbott_225_2017-update.jpgContact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Arts, Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology, Waynesburg University
  • Master of Arts, Human Development, Fielding Graduate University (in recognition of continued/postdoctoral studies and research)
  • Doctor of Management, Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix

Courses Taught

  • Leadership, Governance, and Ethics
  • Social Entrepreneurship (masters and doctoral level)
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Systems
  • Organization Studies and Ethical Considerations
  • Leader/Leadership Development
  • Team Building for Leaders
  • Organization Development for Leaders
  • Community Networks
  • Decision Making for Leaders
  • Leaders as Partners and Mentors
  • Capstone, Directed Research Project


The Career Journey: Dr. T has been in higher education for 30+ years. Throughout the years, she worked in various capacities including serving as director of special projects, division human resource liaison, capital and financial project director, director of retail services, assistant director for campus services. Dr. T had the opportunity to participate in the implementation of Oracle financials and served as an Oracle trainer on general ledger, purchasing and self-service applications. Other training development and professional development activities include being a certified trainer in Leadership through Quality Strategy Train the Trainer Program (through the Xerox Corporation in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University) and emotional intelligence professional development seminars (Linkage, Inc. and Pittsburgh Family Services). She also participated in Hosting World Café: The WC Fundamentals program. Dr. T serves as a host to World Café rooted initiatives, introduces masters and doctoral students to hosting principles, techniques and application, as well as the introduction and application of the World Café research method.

The Researcher’s Journey—Enfolding and Unfolding Scholarship : Dr. T is completing her dissertation towards a Ph.D. in human development. Her research under this program that informs the dissertation includes: human development and consciousness—culminating study on Women in Human Development: The Heroine’s Journey to WholenessExploring Acts I, II, and III; organization studies—culminating study on A Desire for Meaning and Purposefulness—Seeking Organizations that Focus on Connection; systems, culture and community studies—culminating applied study on Community Systems: The Landscape and Emergent Role of the Social Entrepreneur; global studies—culminating study on Human Work and Globally Responsible Leadership; and she received approval to develop and completed a knowledge area in career development with continued focus and study on Human Work: Meaningfulness Created or Derived from Global Experience.

The Learner’s Journey: Talbott studied in traditional and nontraditional modalities. Her learner, scholar and practitioner experience includes full-time traditional classroom format, evening part-time format, Pitt-Saturday College, external studies program format, and in online and hybrid online/distributed systems with required residencies.

Professional Certifications

  • Hosting World Café, World Café Fundamentals PD Series, Fielding Graduate University (2016)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)—National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC); Status: Board Certified (2010-2015; 2015-2020).
  • Certificate, Fundamentals of Neuroleadership Program, Neuroleadership Institute, for the application of neuroleadership to counseling, coaching, mentoring, and integral leader/leadership development (2014)
  • NIH Protecting Human Research Participants Certificate, completed curriculum in history, codes and regulations, respect for persons, beneficence, and justice (October 2017) 
  • CITI Human Research Participants Certificate; completed curriculum that included Basic Course Introduction and SBR Modules (April 2011) 
  • Dreamfish Fellow (2010) 
  • CPP Approved Assessments and Inventories MBTI® assessment (excluding Form J), Strong Interest Inventory® instrument, FIRO-B® instrument, CPI 260™ assessment, Maslach Burnout Inventory, Values Scale, and Problem Solving Inventory, Strong Interest Explorer, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, Parker Team Player Survey, Power Base Inventory, Stress Resiliency Profile, Coping Resources Inventory, Career Enrichment Report, Career Beliefs Inventory, and Career Factors Inventory and support materials such as the Introduction to Type® series.
  • QM Certified Reviewer, University Baltimore, University Maryland Online (2009-2010)
    • Certified Facilitator/Counselor (Certified 2003), Forté Interpersonal Communication System, Forté Institute  
  • Oracle University Master’s Certificate (1997-1999) in relationship with Carnegie Mellon University:
    • Oracle Financial Application Implementation
    • Oracle Systems Analyst
    • Oracle Web Developer
    • Certified Trainer with Carnegie Mellon University Oracle Financials Implementation for General Ledger Application(s) and Self-Service Applications

Selected Presentations

  • "Social Entrepreneurs - Leaders Spanning Boundaries," The 16th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference - Conscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of our Collective Realities, San Diego, Calif., Nov. 1, 2014.
  • "Emerging Leaders," Point Park University M.A. in organizational leadership program seminar, March 27, 2014.

Professional Memberships

  • Penn Hills Community Development Committee and Garden Club
  • International Leadership Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • CMM Institute
  • The National Council for Dialog & Deliberation
  • The World Café Community

Research Interests

  • Meaningfulness created or derived from human work
  • Social entrepreneurship; community engagement and collaboration
  • Global studies: Human work development
  • Career pathing strategies
  • Application of qualitative methods in everyday practice
  • Neuroleadership, leadership psychology, integral psychology and integral conceptual frameworks

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