2019 Scholars

Dr. Marcus Brauer

Education: BA, Cefet-RJ, 2001; MS, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV-EBAPE), 2004; PhD, Sao Paulo School of Business Administration (FGV-EAESP), 2008 Current Position: professor at State University of Rio de Janeiro (teacher of the year in 2014), The Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Estacio de Sa University, Brazil. Professor Brauer teaches organizational behavior, management and human resource management to undergraduate and MBA students as well as for public companies. His interest is in the integration of business, academia, and faith, as well as in providing training on the theme of faith and work for companies and churches in Brazil and Guinea Bissau, Africa. Dr. Brauer is a member of The Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Interest Group of the Academy of Management (AOM). 

Dr. Helen Chung

Education: BA, Kalamazoo College, 1995; MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 1998; MA, Seattle Pacific University, 2015; PhD, Seattle Pacific University, 2018. Current Position: Instructor of Management, Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Helen Chung teaches in the School of Business, Government, and Economics as Instructor of Management. Helen completed her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and her dissertation explored the concept of time in leader storytelling. Her scholarly interests include leadership, coaching for leadership development, the role of narrative in organizational life, and spirituality and faith in work. In addition to teaching, Helen is a professional coach to business clients who seek to build their leadership capacity and effectiveness. Outside of work, some of Helen’s favorite activities include traveling, hiking, writing, and enjoying conversations around the coffee table. 

Dr. Ryan LaBrie

Education: BS, Seattle Pacific University, 1993; MS, Seattle Pacific University, 1997; PhD, Arizona State University, 2004. Current Position: Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems, Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Ryan LaBrie is a Professor of Management and Information Systems in the School of Business, Government, & Economics at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. LaBrie received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Prior to entering academia Ryan spent ten years with the Microsoft Corporation in a number of different capacities ending his time as a Program Manager in the Enterprise Knowledge Management group. His current research interests include information ethics, knowledge management, and the development of the information systems discipline. Dr. LaBrie has published in the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, Journal of Management Systems, International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management, Measuring Business Excellence, Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management, and the Encyclopedia of Information Ethics & Security, among others. Ryan teaches courses in database management, knowledge management, data mining, and data visualization. He has presented seminars or taught courses in over a dozen countries. Dr. LaBrie is also a co-founder and the Chief Data Scientist for UpperAnalytics.com. 

Dr. Faith Ngunjiri

Education: B.Ed. in Language and Literature, Kenyatta University, 1997; M.A. in Mission Studies, Nairobi Evangelical School of Theology, 2002; M.O.D, in Organization Development, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 2005; Ed.D. in Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, 2006. Current Position: Associate Professor of Management and Director of Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Dr Faith Ngunjiri is associate professor of management (ethics & leadership) at Concordia College, MN where she is also director, Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work. Dr Ngunjiri brings a unique mix of academic and professional experiences, having started her career as a high school teacher, then earned a Master’s degree in Missions Studies while working at a church in Nairobi. Later she earned graduate degrees in Organization Development and Leadership Studies, both from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Her academic career spans different institutional types – from Purdue University Fort Wayne, to Yale Divinity School where she was associate director for Ethics and Spirituality at Work program, to teaching at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA) and now Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). She has taught all the way from 2nd grade to doctoral students, and gives talks, workshops and seminars on issues related to ethics, values, leadership, and spirituality in different organizations. Her research focuses on two main themes: spirituality at work, and women and leadership. She is solo author of Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa (SUNY, 2010); co-author of Collaborative Autoethnography (Routledge, 2013); Co-editor of Women as Global Leaders (IAP, 2014), Women and Leadership around the World (IAP, 2016), and Religious Diversity at Work (Cambridge, 2018) a couple dozen peer-reviewed articles in academic journals as well as scholarly book chapters. Dr Ngunjiri’s future goals include writing aimed at business and organizational leaders (rather than academics). 

Dr. Laura Singleton

Education: BS, Davidson College, 1983; MBA, Harvard, 1988; MS, PhD in Management, Boston College, 2008, 2011. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Management, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida. Professor Singleton has co-authored a book on 20th-century U.S. business leadership (Paths to Power, 2007) and researched responses by U.S. businesses to the “Urban Crisis” of the late 1960s, publishing a book chapter and a co-authored Harvard Business School case on William Norris of Control Data Corporation. Her dissertation analyzed the historical development of management theory using the concepts of “cooperation” and “purpose” from the work of Chester Barnard. She has published articles in the Journal of Management History and won multiple best paper awards in the Academy of Management, including the 2014 award for best paper based on a dissertation in the Organization and Management Theory Division. Read Dr. Singleton’s paper.