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Jim Wolford-Ulrich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Team Leader
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

709 Libermann Hall
Phone: 412.396.1640



Ph.D., Educational Administration, Michigan State University, 1988
M.A., Theology, Wheaton College, 1978
A.B., Logic and Philosophy of Science, Brown University, 1973

In his role as Team Leader of the Leadership Faculty, Dr. Ulrich is responsible for all core and elective leadership courses in the school. He completed the Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University. With more than 25 years as an adult educator, Dr. Ulrich has worked in industry as a manager of executive development and succession planning for a telecom company and as director of organizational development in healthcare. He also has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa where he was active in leading rural community development and adult education initiatives.


Courses taught include:

  • CLDR 370    Principles of Organizational Leadership
  • CLDR 412    Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • CLDR 487    Leading Organizational Change
  • IHP 203        Imagining a Sustainable World
  • MLLS 706    Leading by Design
  • MLLS 710    Introduction to the Graduate Study of Leadership
  • MLLS 712    Problem Solving and Decision Making for Leaders
  • MLLS 717    Leading People and Managing Relationships
  • MLLS 729    Leadership, Community and Change
  • MLLS 790    Leadership Colloquium
  • MLLS 795    Leadership Capstone
  • THEOL 506  Reframing Leadership for Transformational Ministry

International Leadership Association Annual Conference, 2009
Poster Presentation: Information Literacy in Leadership Studies

International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, 2009
Presentation: Teaching Information Literacy to Distance Learners

Servant Leadership Conference, Regent University, 2007
Paper: ?The Social Construction of Servant Leadership

Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group Conference, 2007
Presentation: ?Supporting Part-Time Faculty through Blackboard?

International Leadership Association Annual Conference, 2006
Presentation: ?Using Interpretive Frameworks to Teach Leadership?

Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference, 2005
Poster Presentation: ?Leadership in the Classroom?

International Leadership Association Annual Conference, 2004
Session: ?Dialogue: Designing Conversations to Improve Business Theory and Practice?

Servant Leadership Conference, Regent University, 2004
Paper: ?Seeing Servant Leadership Through the Lens of Design

Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference, 2002
Poster Presentation: ?Design ? A Leadership Development Strategy?

Midwest Facilitators Network Annual Fall Conference, 2001
Presentation: ?The Art of Session Design?

Sixth Annual Strategies and Skills Conference for Effective Teaming
Center for the Study of Work Teams, University of North Texas, 1999
Workshop: ?Promoting Team Learning - Practical Tools for Building a Learning Organization through Mental Models, Systems Thinking, Personal Mastery and Shared Vision?

Conference on Succession Planning, Advanced Learning Institute 1999
Presentation: Succession Planning In a High-Growth, High-Tech Company