Rod Githens

Rod Githens

Associate Professor
Alexandra Greene Ottesen Endowed Chair
Program Lead, Organizational Learning & Effectiveness
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My professional focus is on nurturing human and organizational potential through innovation, design, and strategy. In my practice, I have focused on organization development, strategy development, action-oriented facilitation, and evaluation.

Here at Pacific, I led the initial and continuing development of our Benerd School in Sacramento. I was hired to lead the start-up of a hub of innovation and creativity for learning, leadership, and change.  My role later expanded when I became the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Innovation, responsible for school-wide academic program development, innovation, and enrollment services. After moving back to full-time faculty in 2020, I now teach and serve as Program Lead for the Organizational Learning and Effectiveness Program.

I strive to meet students "where they are." My goal is to provide individualized attention to students and to strive to foster a community of learners in my courses in order to provide the support needed for learning. I also have a strong orientation toward integrating theory, research, and practice in the most meaningful ways possible. In my teaching, I place a major emphasis on asking students to conduct real-life, hands-on projects, in order to apply what they're learning to the real world. In working with students from the bachelor's to doctoral levels, I continuously work to integrate the outside world into our courses as much as possible.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human Resource Development (Specialized in Organization Development and Change), 2008

Ed.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human Resource Development, 2004

Graduate Coursework, Chicago Theological Seminary, Religious Studies, 1999-2000

B.S., Illinois State University, History, 1999

B.S., Lincoln Christian College, Religious Studies, 1999

Research Focus

The overarching theme to my scholarship is fostering of innovative, humane, accessible, and diverse organizations. Related to that theme, there are three specific areas that I have emphasized:

  • Organizational Change and Strategy
  • Increasing Access to Self-Sustaining Careers through Workforce Development
  • Online Learning