LHRD Welcomes New Faculty Member, Dr. Oliver Crocco
Baton Rouge – Like everyone else on campus, the month of August is filled with events, planning, scheduling, and many, many firsts. And, just like everyone else, our School experienced just the same, as we began the new 2019 academic year under our new name and welcomed three new faculty members to LSU; Dr. Oliver Crocco, Dr. Shinhee Jeong, and Dr. Erin Richard.
Our first new faculty member we would like to introduce is Dr. Oliver Crocco. Dr. Crocco received his Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and his Doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.
Before coming to LSU, Dr. Crocco was a Lecturer of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. There, he began working with the American National Standards Institute on a project that examines the impact of recertification across a variety of occupations and industries. Dr. Crocco also spent four years working at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which made him passionate about organizational development and change of community-based organizations. While in Thailand, he collaboratively developed a certificate program in organizational development that was offered to community-based organization workers in Myanmar and along the Thai-Myanmar border.
Dr. Crocco’s research focuses on evaluation in HRD, HRD in Southeast Asia, strengthening human resource development research and education through higher education, and enhancing cultural competence in university and work contexts. His research will affect leaders and members of community-based organizations, specifically those from marginalized communities, who are seeking to leverage learning to bring about development and change in their organizations.
“While I am specifically interested in Southeast Asia, I am looking forward to expanding my research to focus on local populations.”
When asked about his thoughts on LSU, Dr. Crocco stated he is most looking forward to the vibrant research community of students and faculty members who are passionate about making rigorous and significant contributions to knowledge.
“The first day I set foot on LSU’s campus and met with the talented and hard-working faculty, staff, and students of LSU, I knew I was somewhere special. I could not be more excited to be a part of this dynamic learning environment. I’m looking forward to contributing to a thriving and energetic culture of research and practice.”
Regarding LSU and southern Louisiana culture, Dr. Crocco stated,
“My wife and I love seafood, so we’re excited to go all in on crawfish. Also, none of my previous universities (George Washington, Harvard, Whitworth) are football schools, so I’m looking forward to getting into college football culture, too.”
Outside of academia, Dr. Crocco’s interests include reading, Thai food and culture, traveling, running, motorcycles, and his cat.
The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development is excited about having Dr. Crocco join our faculty as we move forward in developing the next generation of change-makers.
Please look forward to introductions of our other new faculty members in the coming week.
About Dr. Oliver Crocco
Dr. Crocco is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). Before coming to LSU, Dr. Crocco was a Lecturer of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. where he began working with the American National Standards Institute on a project that examines the impact of recertification across a variety of occupations and industries. Dr. Crocco’s research focuses on evaluation in HRD, HRD in Southeast Asia, strengthening human resource development research and education through higher education, and enhancing cultural competence in university and work contexts. He is on the Steering Committee of the Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Human Resource Development.
The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. SLHRD also offers a 100% online master’s program and is a school within the College of Human Sciences & Education.
About the College of Human Sciences & Education
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