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Dr. Judy Smetana

Assistant Professor


Dr. Judy Smetana

"I enjoy seeing students reach their own higher potential"


Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Colorado State University, 2006
  • MBA – Webster University (Vienna, Austria & Denver, Colorado), 1996
  • M.A. – University of Vienna (Austria), 1990

Career Highlights:

  • Recently co-authored two chapters:
    • (2017). Ethics and ethical decision-making in coaching: four case scenarios. In M.M. Leach & E. Welfel (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of applied psychological ethics (pp. 637-658). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    • (2018). Career development challenges for women pursuing leadership in India. In R. Ghosh & G. McLean (Eds.), Indian women in leadership (pp. 47-65). Cham, Zug, CH: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, as a research assistant

In which online MBA programs do you teach?

MBA in Human Resource Development

Which classes do you teach online?

HRD 852: Organizational Development and Change

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do they learn?

Students will learn to understand how organizations and the individuals within those organizations function. They will get to know the theories and models used in understanding and developing organizations.

What types of projects do your students do in the online courses?

Projects may include a mind-mapping exercise, a reflection journal, and/or an organizational diagnosis.

What advice would you give to students considering an online MBA program?

Be prepared to focus your undivided attention and know that it will pass all too quickly.

What is the value of an MBA? What are some of the skills students gain in this program?

Students will gain hands-on experience that is applicable right away.

Why did you start teaching?

I enjoy seeing students reach their own higher potential.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

“The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944” by Cornelius Ryan or “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I spent 14 years living overseas—mostly in Vienna, Austria.

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