Therese MaddenTherese M. Madden, Ed.D.

Program Director, Accelerated Human Services

Assistant Professor, Human Services

I have taught at NDNU since 2008 and have directed the Human Services program since 2010.  I deeply appreciate working with and learning from the students in our program, who bring a myriad of experiences to the classroom, making it a truly dynamic environment for learning.

I teach many of the classes in the Human Services program.  My teaching approach is guided by both academic knowledge and nearly two decades of Human Resources and leadership development experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, where I created and developed strategic approaches to achieving organizational goals.  This experience includes six years as the Director of Human Resources for a municipal department where I managed nearly 50 staff in six functional areas, taking responsibility for organizational development, leadership training, employment law, labor relations, workplace violence, and employee relations.  In addition, I have worked in advising roles with several non-profits, including ten years on the Board of Directors of an international organization that does advocacy work for women and children.  I have also worked as a scholastic coach and editor for doctoral students, most of whom have been focused on international issues, and I have edited several books.  My doctoral dissertation reflects both academic and personal passion and is titled, “Journeys of Purpose, An Ontology of Spirituality Through Work in Memory, Imagination, and Authenticity.  I have lectured on issues related to both Human Resources Management and critical hermeneutic theory at local universities and have published articles related to workplace issues for women and reproductive grief.


  • Ed.D., Leadership and Organization. University of San Francisco, 2008.
  • MS, Human Resources Management. Golden Gate University, 2002.
  • BA, History. University of California, Davis, 1988.
    • Minors: English and Education

Courses Taught

  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress in the Workplace
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing and Management
  • Human Relations in Organizations
  • Human Services Senior Seminar
  • Human Resource Management
  • Creativity and Work
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Various Special Topic Independent Studies

Research and Interests

  • Authenticity and Work
  • Creativity
  • Organizational Culture
  • Adult Student Learning Environments
  • Empowerment of Pregnant Women and Parents

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Laos American school, Vientiane, Laos
  • Chaos and Complexity online discussion group moderator
  • Network Director for parent educators
  • Founder and Director, Art of the Pen, a scholastic coaching and editing business


  • Journeys of Purpose: Inspired by Wisdom, Fueled by Imagination.  Learning from the wisdom of those who have found authenticity and meaning in their work.  Publication expected August 2013.
  • Technology and Organizational Development.  Using social media to improve organizational culture.  An article prepared for a peer-reviewed journal; submission planned fall 2013
  • Employing Family-Friendly Policies: Creative Solutions that Benefit Both Families and Businesses.”  Published in The American Feminist, Winter 2004-2005
  • “Good Morning Dad.” A Story of Reproductive Grief.  Written at the request of The American Feminist.  Future publication projected.

Presentations and Guest Lectures

  • Women in Management: Identity, Purpose, and Empowerment.  For evening undergraduate business students at Notre Dame de Namur University.  Summer 2013.
  • Secrets of Executive Recruiters.  Presentations for Notre Dame de Namur students and alumni and members of the community.  Panel moderator.  August 2012 and May 2013.
  • Marketing for NonProfits. For evening undergraduate students at Notre Dame de Namur University.  Summer 2010.
  • Phronesis in Action: Oneself As Another and Travel.  For doctoral and master’s students at the University of San Francisco.  June 2009.
  • Solicitude, Authenticity, and Critical Hermeneutic Theory.  For doctoral and master’s students at the University of San Francisco.  Fall 2008.
  • Narrative Identity and Research Protocols.  For doctoral students preparing for their pilot studies at the University of San Francisco.  Fall 2008.
  • Journeys of Purpose: An Ontology of Spirituality Through Work in Memory, Imagination, and Authenticity.  For doctoral and master’s level students in an Adult International Learning course at the University of San Francisco. Summer, 2008.
  • Narrative Identity and the Researcher.  For doctoral students in an anthropological research course at the University of San Francisco. Fall, 2007.
  • Strategic Human Resource issues.  For a graduate course at Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business.  Spring, 2003.