Leadership Studies

Elizabeth Fisher Turesky Ph.D., M.P.A


Office Location

162X, Lewiston campus

Faculty Office Hours Spring 2019

By Appointment



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D Organizational Behavior
  • M.P.A Masters in Public Administration
  • B.A. Psychology


Professor Elizabeth Fisher Turesky teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in  leadership, organizational change and group dynamics and other courses related to organizational behavior and development. “I facilitate my courses using non-traditional learning methods to integrate theory and practice. My goal is to connect my students’ personal and professional learning goals to the theories and concepts we study in class.  They come away from my courses with greater knowledge about their own leadership in relation to the groups and organizations with which they work.”

An innovative educator and practitioner, Professor Turesky teaches courses in organizational behavior and development. She started an undergraduate certificate program in Lean Leadership at LAC and has been instrumental in the Leadership Study Abroad program. The program brings students to countries around the world, from Italy to Costa Rica to Australia, to better understand the challenges women leaders face as they strive for professional succes.

In addition to her thirty years of graduate and undergraduate teaching, Professor Turesky has spent twenty years in private practice as an Organizational Development consultant, including five years as Director of Training and Development for the City of Portland, Maine. She has led organizational change efforts, workshops and presented at conferences on Change Management, Group Dynamics, Conflict Management and Leadership throughout New England.

Research Interests

Women in leadership, with a focus on multicultural perspectives; leading organizational change and continuous improvement initiatives, engaged student learning and the nexus of experiential learning and leadership development.

Recent Publications

Turesky, E. F. & Cloutier, K., Turesky, M. (2011, October). The feminine approach to leadership in a masculine society: Perceptions of female leaders in Italy. Integral Leadership Review Journal.

Turesky, E.F., Gallagher, D. (2011). Know thyself: Coaching for leadership using Kolb’s experiential learning theory. The Coaching Psychologist, 7 (1), 5-14.

Turesky, E.F. & Connell, P. (2010). Off the rails: Understanding the derailment of a lean manufacturing initiative. Organizational Management Journal. 7(2), 110-132.

Turesky, E.F. & Mundhenk, L. (2010). Going beyond contemporary leadership development practices: Assessing leadership using cognitive stage and experiential learning theories. Academic Leadership Journal. 8(3).

Turesky, E. F. & Wood, D. (2010). Kolb’s Experiential Learning as a critical frame for reflective practice. Academic Leadership Journal. 8(3).

Turesky, E. F. & Mundhenk, L. (2008). Going beyond traditional career development theories: Individualizing counseling using cognitive stage and experiential learning theories. The Canadian Journal of Career Development. 7 (2), 3-7.

Turesky, E.F. (2005). David Kolb’s experiential learning model and career development. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal. 21(1), 58-65.

Professional Activity

Professor Turesky has published in journals such as the Organizational Management Journal, Academic Leadership Journal, The Journal of Leadership Education and The Coaching Psychologist Journal. Professor Turesky is also the recipient of the USM Faculty Senate Awards for Service and Research. She is a member of the National Training Laboratory (NTL), the International Leadership Association, the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.