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"Today’s employers look for stronger people to build stronger organizations. Our program prepares students with insight, imagination, prudence, and resilience to lead in their organizations and communities during complex and dynamic times. We teach leadership practice at all levels with a diverse team of scholars and practitioners."
- Betty Robinson, Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies
B.A., Colby College, 1973
M.A., University of Maryland, 1976
Ph.D., Boston University, 1983
Before returning to academia full-time in 1988, Betty Robinson spent seven years working as an analyst for labor unions. She came to USM LAC attracted by the innovative interdisciplinary concept of the new college and its close affiliation with the local community.
For six years, Professor Robinson served as Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS), and also taught in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program. Soon after her promotion to Associate Professor, she was selected as Dean of the College, a position she held for seven years. During this time the size of LAC’s full-time faculty tripled with faculty members researching and publishing in areas such as innovative pedagogy, leadership and organizational studies, applied sciences, health and human services, and the humanities. The campus was known as the fastest growing part of the U. Maine System.
In July 2003, Dr. Robinson stepped back into the faculty ranks to resume her study and teaching in the field of leadership, and to work on increasing the international component of the curriculum. In 2004, she led the first LAC international student trip to universities in Botswana and South Africa, initiating the ongoing Leadership Study Abroad course offered in LOS each summer. More recently, her focus is increasing faculty capacity to offer quality leadership programs online.
Prof. Robinson has served on numerous boards of Lewiston-Auburn community organizations and a number of statewide entities including: Androscoggin United Way, Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, the Compact for Maine's Future, Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, Lewiston Aspiration Partnership, Maine Math Science Alliance, L-A Excels, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Mechanics Savings Bank, Sisters of Charity Health Systems, and Maine's Board of Arbitration and Conciliation. She currently serves on the Boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Tree Street Youth.
Research Interests: Conflict resolution, organizational downsizing, collaborative teaching and both service learning and “worldmindedness” in the curriculum. Currently, she is focused on the development of new understandings about what leadership means for the 21st century, given our “shrinking” globe and our expanding online organizations and networks.