Madsen, Susan R.
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics
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Dr. Madsen's Vitae (Dec. 2017)
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Professor of Organizational Leadership
Orin R. Woodbury Professorship in Leadership and Ethics

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and a Fellow of The Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, England. Dr. Madsen has been heavily involved for the last decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. She has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, U.S. governors, and international leaders, as well as studying many aspects of women and leadership more broadly. Susan has conducted related research in the U.S., the six Arab Gulf countries, China, and Eastern Europe.

Overall, Susan has authored or edited six books and has published well over 100 articles, chapters, and reports. She is a globally recognized speaker in local, national, and international settings. For example, she has presented at United Nations NGO sessions, The New York Times, the Argentina Parliament Palace, the House of Commons in England, and in many countries around the world. Susan is the founder of numerous successful networks, including the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Women and Leadership Affinity Group, and she serves on many nonprofit, community, and association boards and committees. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, and service. She is the lead co-editor of the Women and Leadership Book Series and co-edited the first three volumes. More about her national and global work can be found on her speaking website: Madsen Global Leadership.

Dr. Madsen is a leadership and change consultant and loves to teach, research, and write. She also enjoys her involvement in various service assignments and activities within Utah as well. She founded the Utah Women and Education Project in 2009 and continues to work with key Utah stakeholders on related efforts as the Director of the Utah Women & Education Intiatitive. In August of 2013, she founded the Utah Women & Leadership Project that she continues to direct today. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in human resource development. She earned a master's degree in exercise science/wellness from Portland State University and a bachelor's from Brigham Young University in Speech Communication Education. She started her career many years ago as a junior high speech and debate teacher.

Susan R. Madsen has been at UVU since 2002.

 See Curriculum Vitae link to the right for details of research/scholarship, teaching, service, and related work. Also see for information and links to her articles, presentations, books, and more. Link to Madsen Global Leadership for information on Professor Madsen's speaking, programs, and coaching service. Check out this YouTube video to learn more about some of her work in the state of Utah.



Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP)
Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN)
ILA Women and Leadership Affinity Group
Utah Women & Education Initiative (UWEI)
Asilomar Declaration & Call to Action on Women and Leadership



Ed.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, 2001
M.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness from Portland State University, 1991
B.A. in Speech Communication Education from Brigham Young University, 1985



Professor, Utah Valley University, 2011-Present
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, 2009-Present 
Associate Professor, Utah Valley University, 2005-2011
Assistant Professor, Utah Valley State College, 2002-2005
Adjunct Faculty, Brigham Young University, 2001-2002
Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota, 1999-2001
Adjunct Faculty, AnokaRamsey Community College, 1998-1999
Part-time Faculty, Crafton Hills Community College, 1995-1997
Teaching Associate, Loma Linda Medical University, 1993-1994
Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College, 1991-1992
Secondary School Teacher, Hillcrest Junior High, Murray, Utah, 1985-1987



Women and leadership
Women and education
Training and development
Organization development and change
Individual change
Leadership development
Strategic faculty development
Work-life integration
Academic service-learning



International Leadership Association (ILA)
Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
Academy of Management (AOM)
Western Academy of Management (WAM)
Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW)