Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior Faculty Bios

Peter F. Sorensen, Jr., Ph.D., Program Director
Sorensen is professor and Director of the Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior (MSMOB) program as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development program at Benedictine University. A pioneer in the Organization Development (O.D.) field, he helped establish Benedictine's MSMOB program, one of the first master's level organization development programs in the world. Sorensen was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change and has received numerous awards, including the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute. He is past chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management and serves on several professional editorial boards, including the Midwest Academy of Management Journal.

The author of more than 200 articles, papers and books, Sorensen co-authored the first global OD book, Global and International Organization Development.

Therese F. Yaeger, Ph.D.
Yaeger is the Associate Director of Benedictine's Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development (O.D.) program. She teaches Organization Development and Management and Organizational Behavior courses to graduate and undergraduate students at Benedictine as well as audiences in corporate settings. She has been instrumental in establishing the Benedictine University Distance Learning Executive Program for the U.S. Postal Service and has developed executive development programs for some of the largest corporations in the Chicago area including John Deere, Motorola, McDonald's and the University of Chicago Academy. Yaeger has been a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences and received an award for the Best Paper Presentation at the O.D. Institute's Annual Conference in 2001.

Currently serving as president of the Midwest Academy of Management, she has been the co-chair of its Organization Development Track for more than a decade. Yaeger is an active member of several national professional organizations; has authored more than 50 papers, presentations and articles; authored two books on Appreciative Inquiry; and co-authored the book Global and International Organization Development with Peter Sorensen and others. She is an editorial associate of the OD Journal and Chicago's ASTD Training Today and has been a guest editor of the OD Practitioner and the OD Journal.

Christopher Fernandez, Ph.D.
Born in Bangladesh, Fernandez earned a master's degree in physics at Chittagong University. He worked in his native country doing refugee and relief work for the United Nations and the International Red Cross and creating and managing service projects for the YMCA before immigrating to the United States in 1981. Fernandez has taught a variety of courses for Benedictine's Organization Behavior program, including Conflict Management, Team Building, Process Consultation, Group Dynamics and Organizational Assessment.

At Lucent Technologies, Fernandez is a product manager for next generation wireless core-network products. He is involved with setting product strategy, acquiring resources needed to develop and support the product, and executing product strategy, which requires working with individuals who represent multiple cultures, functions, and teams, often in different locations and countries. In the future, he anticipates establishing a management consulting practice that focuses on the ability to maintain organizational performance and employee engagement in the face of chaos and adversity.

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