Co-Founder, Lead Mentor Develop, LLC
An academic mother and wife, writer, and master “Top 10 List” maker (at least according to her students), Vicki L. Baker is a Professor of Economics & Management at Albion College and an Instructor of Business Administration for the Pennsylvania State University’s World Campus. She earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University as well as a Masters of Science in Management & Organization. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Clarion University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to becoming a faculty member, Vicki held administrative positions at Harvard Business School’s Executive Education division and worked in industry at AK Steel Corporation. Vicki was Principal Investigator for a study titled the Initiative for Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges (IFDLAC) and on the development of an Academic Leadership Institute for mid-career faculty in the Great Lakes Colleges Association funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Organization such as The National Science Foundation and Chemical Bank have also funded her work. Vicki’s most recent research has appeared in Journal of Higher Education, Identity Journal, Mentoring & Tutoring, and Journal of Faculty Development with her other work appearing in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and About Campus. She has published 50 peer reviewed journal articles as well as book and monograph chapters. She, along with her colleagues (Laura and Meghan) authored Developing Faculty in Liberal Arts Colleges: Aligning Individual Needs and Organizational Goals published by Rutgers University Press. With her extensive background and experience, Vicki consults regularly with higher-education and several different industries to help prepare the next generation of leaders, coaches and mentors. Additionally, Vicki also serves as a career coach for academics as they seek to reenvision their careers and advance in the academy in the areas of leadership development, change management, mentoring programming and faculty development.
In her free time, Vicki enjoys spending time with her two children, McKenna and Henley, and her husband Bryan. Vicki is also dedicated to interval training 4 days a week and visiting family in Pennsylvania.
Author, scholar, speaker, consultant and southerner, Laura Gail Lunsford earned her PhD in psychology at NC State University. She wrote the Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs, co-edited the Sage Handbook of Mentoring, and co-authored Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges. She has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles, case studies and chapters on leadership and mentoring.
Her work has appeared in journals such as Mentoring & Tutoring, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, and To Improve the Academy. She consults with organizations on effective mentoring and coaching.
Laura has presented on mentoring and leadership at conferences such as the Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, European Mentoring and Coaching Council, and International Positive Psychology Association. The Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and the LUCE Foundation has funded her work. She was honored with the 2009 International Mentoring Association’s Dissertation Award. She has held numerous academic leadership position at NC State University, University of Arizona, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and at the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington. She is professor and chair, psychology, at Campbell University; she was previously a tenured faculty member at the University of Arizona.
Laura enjoys her Japanese Zen Garden, cycling, kayaking, and karate (and holds a black belt in Shoto kan) in addition to eating her husband’s cooking. A Rotarian, she also volunteers with the American Red Cross.