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J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations

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Martha A. Gephart

Research Associate Professor, Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Co-Director, J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

Dr. martha a. gephartMartha A. Gephart is a social and organizational psychologist whose research and consulting focus on organizational learning and performance in diverse settings.  She is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership, at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She co-directs the J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations, Teachers College with Victoria Marsick.  She is also the President of M. GEPHART ASSOCIATES LLC, which provides assessment, evaluation and consulting services to organizations.  

Before becoming a faculty member at Teachers College, Martha was Senior Vice President at the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), where she developed and managed research programs on workplace performance, learning, and training; and Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York where she developed and managed domestic and international collaborative research linking scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.

Martha's current research and consulting are on the development and assessment of organizational capacity for learning, innovation, and performance.  She has developed an assessment framework and instruments that are used to guide system learning and change in organizations, collaboratives, knowledge networks, and communities.

She has undertaken research and consulted in a variety of private and public organizations, including: small and large companies in the financial, health care, pharmaceutical, retail, technology, telecommunications, and utility sectors; in not-for profit and government agencies; in community-based collaboratives; and in schools and institutions of higher education.



Victoria J. Marsick

Professor, Adult and Organizational Learning, Department of Organization and Leadership

Co-Director, J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations Teachers College, Columbia University

Photo of dr. marsickVictoria J. Marsick is an adult educator whose research and consulting focus on informal learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels. She is a Professor of Adult and Organizational Learning in the Department of Organization and Leadership, at Teachers College, Columbia University. She co-directs the J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations, Teachers College with Martha Gephart. She is also a principal of Partners for the Learning Organization, which helps organizations design and implement Action Learning, and other forms of learning integrated with work.

Before becoming a faculty member at Teachers College, Victoria directed training and development, learning, and organizational change interventions at the United Nations Children's Fund. She also served as a Southeast Asia Representative for World Education, a not-for-profit specializing in learning solutions for international development.

Victoria's current research and consulting are on organizational learning and change. She has collaborated with Martha Gephart in developing a framework and instruments to guide system level learning and change. She has developed a diagnostic tool for organizational learning with Karen Watkins that has been used in private and not-for-profit settings. And she has worked with Kathleen Dechant and Elizabeth Kasl on a model and diagnostic tool to improve team learning. Her early work focused on informal learning and Action Learning.

She has undertaken research and consulted in a variety of private and public organizations, including: large companies in the energy, financial, pharmaceutical, professional services, telecommunications, and utility sectors; in not-for profit and government agencies in various countries; and in institutions of higher education.