Lewiston-Auburn College

Elizabeth Fisher Turesky

Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies

Office Location

162X, Lewiston Campus Building


(207) 753-6606

Academic Degrees

  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.
  • University of Colorado, M.P.A.
  • Wheaton College, B.A.


“USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College is a collaborative learning community where faculty are innovative, nurturing, and student-oriented. I am proud to be a member of the Leadership and Organizational Studies Program. Our interdisciplinary college offers students the opportunity to pursue inspiring research and community-engaged learning.”
- Prof. Elizabeth Fisher Turesky

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. She says: “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, 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 - Italy, Costa Rica, Australia and more - 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

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. Some of her recent publications include:

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.

Awards and Recognition

She 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.