Meet our Faculty – Dr. Wally SmithNov 7th, 2011 | By cherrymi | Category: FACULTY
Wally has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Lewis for 12 years. Joining us with a Master of Science from Benedictine University, he began teaching Organizational Behavior in the LUCEP program. Over the years, Wally has also taught Supervisory Management, Service Management, Principles of Management, and Human Resource Management in Romeoville, Tinley Park, Hickory Hills and Oak Brook. “I was excited to join the faculty of Lewis because it provided an opportunity to remain current in my field of leadership and organization development as well as provide a forum for adults to learn from all of our experiences. My students over the years have shared their stories, rich with opportunities to connect their experiences to the theory presented in the text books. People will remember the stories and the learnings drawn from them long after the theory is forgotten.”
On July 7, Wally successfully defended his dissertation at Northern Illinois University, completing his doctorate in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education. Wally’s research focuses on informal, incidental and social learning in the workplace, and he has presented at a number of academic and industry conferences.
Wally teaches adults by day as well. Five years ago Wally brought a fifteen year leadership career to Provena Health where he serves as an Organization Development and Learning specialist. Responsible for all the non-clinical training that takes place across the 11,000-employee Provena Health system, Wally conducts needs assessments, designs instructor-led and e-learning modules, facilitates training classes, trains internal trainers, and provides coaching and OD support.
Wally and his wife are the proud parents of three children, one each in college, high school and junior high school. In addition to his passion for adult education, Wally also plays and sings in a local classic rock band, called “Mister Magoo”.