“Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”
Mission, Vision and Values at Seattle University
The Organizational Leadership program is aligned with the Seattle University core mission and values. We are committed to educating the whole person. Organizational Leadership graduates will develop a greater understanding of their role as contributors to the many different organizations to which they belong, inspiring them to lead authentically, mindfully, and in transformative ways.
The Organizational Leadership program is dedicated to the adult, part-time student population. In designing the program, courses, and scheduling, every effort has been made to provide flexibility and accommodation for the adult student. Courses are designed to offer adults both the depth of knowledge they crave, and the professional skills they need.
The courses offered through the Organizational Leadership Program are hybrid courses: They leverage the flexibility of online content so you can engage with course materials on your own time, but they also use in-person meetings to enhance the learning experience. The in-person meetings fall into two categories: Sessions dedicated to working with faculty and peers directly on course projects, and other meetings designed to model professional development and career networking events in the industry.
Seattle University is a world-class institution that has been recognized for academic excellence, community service, and value. In 122 years of operation, Seattle University has constantly worked to support the whole student, to provide a high quality of educational experience, and to serve the greater Seattle community that surrounds our urban campus. Over the years, our efforts have paid off in accolades from peers and observers.
Seattle University has been honored in the Top 5 Best Private Schools in the West, and has also been recognized as a Best Value school in the latest awards from US News and World Report. In addition to these general awards, the Engineering and Business programs at SU were also honored.
Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and just three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the Princeton Review's competitive college guide, and Seattle University is among them.
In both 2012 and 2013 Seattle University won The President's Award for Higher Education Community Service. The accolade acknowledges the university’s overall commitment to service as well as its significant work to implement the Seattle University Youth Initiative, which unites the university and wider community in a long-term commitment to build a better future for young people starting with pre-kindergarten and continuing through college.
Dr. Viviane S. Lopuch is the Program Director for the Organizational Leadership B.A. degree completion program. She comes to Seattle University from Marist College, where she served as Faculty Director for the Liberal Studies major for adult undergraduates. Prior to academia, Dr. Lopuch worked in sales, marketing and finance roles for the IBM Corporation, while also attending college and graduate school as a part-time, adult student.
Dr. Lopuch received her Ed.D from Northeastern University, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She holds M.A. degrees in both Organizational Management, and Communication, and a B.S. in Integrative Studies. Her research interests center on adult learners, disability, diversity, identity, and organizational learning. She is a co-author of the book chapter, “The Role and Value of Diversity to Learning Organizations and Innovation” (2014, IGI Global).
Dr. Lopuch has a long-standing commitment to addressing the needs of non-traditional students in higher education. She is an active member of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Her conference presentations have focused on the topic of adult, non-traditional learners, and her doctoral dissertation, “The new campus landscape: A narrative study of nontraditional undergraduates’ identity construction while enrolled at a traditional private college” examined the adult undergraduate experience. Dr. Lopuch is thrilled to be working with adult learners at Seattle University.
Dr. Junhee Kim is an instructor of Organizational Leadership Program in School of New and Continuing Studies at Seattle University. He earned his PhD degree in Educational Human Resource Development (HRD) Program at Texas A&M University (2015). He is from South Korea and received his BA (1999) and MA (2004) in Adult Continuing Education and HRD from Korea University. His teaching and research interests revolve around the areas of leadership roles and competencies in the international/global context, which are connected to other critical topics such as learning organization, competency development, job attitudes, knowledge creation, learning transfer, mentoring, and educational technology. As an HRD specialist and HR manager, he had extensive professional experiences for seven years in several Korean multinational companies. His professional experiences include designing, developing, and implementing various HR interventions such as leadership programs, talent management system, coaching programs, and new employee orientations.
Dr. Dung Q. Tran, the son of Vietnamese immigrants, is an instructor in Organizational Leadership at Seattle University. Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Tran was an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University, Marymount California University, and Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California, where he taught undergraduate courses in Rhetorical Arts, Public Speaking, Ignatian Leadership, and Christian Ethics.
Dr. Tran earned his doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and completed his master's degree in Theological Studies – with emphases in Spirituality and Catholic Higher Education – at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. He also holds a California Teaching Credential in History, a master's degree in Secondary Education, and two bachelor's degrees in Communication Studies and Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Tran's research interests include Ignatian spirituality, Jesuit higher education, hermeneutics, Vietnamese history, visual rhetoric, and the intersection of communication, leadership, and theology. His work has been published in Communication Research Trends and The International Journal of Servant-Leadership (SUNY Press). In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Tran serves on the Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.
You are invited to attend an Open House showcasing Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies, offering hybrid degree completion programs and professional certificates.