VICKI L. BAKER
Co-Founder, Lead Mentor Develop, LLC
An academic mother and wife, writer, and master “Top 10 List” maker (at least according to her students), Vicki L. Baker is a Professor of Economics & Management at Albion College and an Instructor of Business Administration for the Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus. She earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University as well as a Masters of Science in Management & Organization. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to becoming a faculty member, Vicki held administrative positions at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education division and worked in industry at AK Steel Corporation.
Baker is the Principal Investigator for a study titled the Initiative for Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges (IFDLAC) and on the development of an Academic Leadership Institute for mid-career faculty in the Great Lakes Colleges Association funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The National Science Foundation and Chemical Bank have also funded her work. Vicki’s most recent research has appeared in Journal of Higher Education, Identity Journal, Mentoring & Tutoring, and Journal of Faculty Development with her other work appearing in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and About Campus. She has published 50 peer reviewed journal articles as well as book and monograph chapters. She, along with her colleagues (Laura and Meghan) have a forthcoming book - Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges: Aligning Individual Needs and Organizational Goals – to be published by Rutgers University Press. Vicki consults with corporations and higher education institutions in the areas of leadership development, change management, mentoring programming, and faculty development.
Vicki enjoys spending time with her two children (McKenna and Henley) and her husband Bryan. In her spare time, she remains active doing interval training 4 days a week at FLEXcity fitness and traveling to Pennsylvania to visit family.
LAURA GAIL LUNSFORD
Co-Founder, Lead Mentor Develop, LLC
Author, scholar, speaker, consultant and southerner, Laura Gail Lunsford earned her PhD in psychology at NC State University. She wrote the Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs, co-edited the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored the forthcoming Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. She has written over 30 peer-reviewed articles, case studies and chapters on leadership and mentoring. Her work has appeared in journals such as Mentoring & Tutoring, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, and To Improve the Academy.
Her work has been presented at conferences such as the Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and International Positive Psychology Association. The Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and the LUCE Foundation has funded her work. She was honored with the 2009 International Mentoring Association’s Dissertation Award. She has held high level administrative positions at NC State University, University of Arizona, Duke University and now as the Director of the Swain Center in the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington. Previously, she was a tenured faculty member at the University of Arizona.
Laura enjoys her Japanese Zen Garden, cycling, kayaking, and karate (and holds a black belt in Shoto kan) in addition to eating her husband’s cooking.
MEGHAN J. PIFER
Meghan Pifer holds a PhD in Higher Education from Penn State University, a masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Pittsburgh. She recently joined the University of Louisville as Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. At the UofL, she also serves as Assistant Director for the Cadre and Faculty Development Program, a partnership with the United States Army.
Pifer studies colleges and universities as organizational contexts, and is interested in understanding the ways in which identity and individual characteristics, and interpersonal networks and relationships, within those contexts shape both individual and organizational outcomes. Her work has been published in outlets such as The Journal of Higher Education, The American Journal of Education, and The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Prior to joining the UofL, Pifer held faculty positions at Widener University in Chester, PA and Lock Haven University (part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) in Lock Haven, positions at Widener University in Chester, PA and Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA.
Meghan enjoys traveling, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and frequent trips home to Pittsburgh.