Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) Associate Professor Lisa Giacumo was appointed a Summer Fellow at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) as part of the Office of Naval Research’s Summer Faculty Research Program.
The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute develops multidisciplinary, student centered, Human Relations (HR) education, training, and research to effectively train the next generation of military HR experts with a focus on preventing problematic behaviors and developing people-centered leadership.
Giacumo has a master’s of science in curriculum development and instructional technology from SUNY University at Albany and a Ph.D. in educational technology from Arizona State University.
She has worked internationally as an instructional designer, trainer, and manager for businesses, universities, nonprofits, and NGOs. Her focus on strategic innovations in learning and development as well as improving organizational systems led her to consulting for mid-sized to large businesses across the globe, to improve learning and development functions, strategies, and organizational performance.
Giacumo first joined the College of Engineering in the fall of 2015 when she became a faculty member of the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning department. She currently leads the Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research and Design Learning Tech Group (MarCC Lab), which leads organizational performance improvement and workplace learning research centered around social responsibility, equity, and inclusion.
She was recently awarded the Exceptional Service Award from the Association of Educational Communication and Technology’s Culture, Technology and Learning division at their annual conference in November.
Giacumo’s research focuses on the use of instructional design and digital tools for marginalized populations, global workplace learning, e-learning, and performance improvement. Her fellowship will begin prior to her two-semester sabbatical in which she plans to write a practical textbook about a unique and culturally-responsive approach to performance-based education and training analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.
About the OPWL Program
The Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) program helps prepare students for careers in the areas of instructional design, training and development, e-learning, workplace performance improvement, organizational development, program evaluation and performance consulting.