Dr. Rachelle Lehner was appointed Assistant Dean for Staff Development in September 2008. An alumna of Emory University (BA: psychology), she earned a doctoral degree in Organization Development from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation, Crossroads: What Leaders Intend and What Employees Perceive, won a Malcom S. Knowles Dissertation Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD).
She brings to Emory and this position an exceptionally strong background in employee career development in the healthcare milieu. In her previous position at the University of Kentucky Medical Center she was responsible for non-clinical education, leadership development, process improvement facilitation, and more. She counts among her accomplishments bridging entities of the health care enterprise through development opportunities including mentoring programs, leadership book discussions, diversity panels, and many other programs. She is excited to focus attention on staff, who are often overlooked in an academic environment and sees this as an incredible opportunity to contribute to the institution that launched her academic journey. Dr. Lehner maintains a strong national presence in the organization development arena.
She has published and presented on appreciative inquiry as a method of improving work environments and has presented on the importance of communication in organizational change. She is a member of the AHRD Malcom S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Selection Committee charged with annually reviewing and selecting exceptional dissertations to receive this prestigious award. She also serves on the scholar-practitioner subcommittee of AHRD which studies and facilitates ways to bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners of organization development. Additionally, she is a member of the Organization Change Alliance, which, through synergistic learning and service, empowers organization development practitioners to be more effective in guiding organizations to enhance their performance.