Will Sparks Ph.D.

Will SparksWill has over 20 years of relevant professional experience and is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Concurrently, he serves as the Director for the Graduate Program in Organization Development (MSOD), as Director for the Graduate Coaching Certificate Program,and as Director for Leadership Initiatives at the McColl School of Business.

His current applied research and consulting efforts focus on leadership and team development, succession planning, and change management. He has consulted with a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors, including the U.S. Navy, Transamerica, GlaxoSmithKline, Anheuser-Busch, the Bank of America, Duke Energy, General Motors, and the Department of Energy.

Will is a member of the American Society for Quality Management, the Academy of Management, the OD Network, and the Southern Management Association. He received the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award for excellence in teaching at Queens in 2003 and 2005. In 2009, he was awarded the inaugural McColl School Leadership in Teaching Award.

He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from WinthropUniversity, an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management from Appalachian State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development under the direction of Dr. Jerry B. Harvey from the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington University.

As a Managing Partner with Peter Browning Partners, LLC, his practice areas of expertise include board decision making and group dynamics, board culture assessment, executive coaching and strategic change management.