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Meet Our Full-time Faculty

Stuart Allen, Ph.D. (

Dr. Stuart Allen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership. Stuart started his career as an industrial/organizational psychologist working in South Africa before becoming a full-time academic. He has worked with organizational leaders from various industries and has consulted to organizations in the education, corporate, healthcare, nonprofit and government sectors. His consulting experience includes executive coaching, leadership development, organizational development, and team development.

Stuart has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. He is an active researcher with interests in adult pedagogy, teaching with technology, inclusive classrooms and organizations, PTSD, empowerment in organizations, and leadership theory.

AJ Grant, Ph.D. (

AJ Grant is a University Professor of Organizational Studies, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in communications, history of leadership and ethics. For fifteen years both prior to and during his twenty year tenure at RMU, Grant worked as a manager: church staff and preschool, probation officer, Head of the English Department, and Director of RMU’s Doctor of Science program.

Grant’s research interests include leadership education, literary and rhetorical criticism, the history of communication and popular culture topics.  He has published articles on these topics in scholarly journals like the Journal of American Culture, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Leadership and the Humanities. He received a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and English from Northern Illinois University, an MAT from Wheaton Graduate School, an M.Div. from McCormick Seminary, and a B.A. in English Literature and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Petros G. Malakyan, Ph.D. (

Petros Malakyan, the Department Head of Organizational Leadership, holds terminal degrees from Fuller, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies in Pasadena, California. Prior to coming to Robert Morris University, Malakyan served as Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Leadership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. He also served as Associate Professor and Program Director of Master or Arts in Organizational Leadership Program at Azusa Pacific University; Leadership Coach, Mentor, and Educator at National Leadership Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, and Assistant Professor at Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia. Petros has created and taught more than a dozen leadership courses (international blended, online, and traditional face-to-face) in Armenia, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Singapore, Ukraine, and the United States (California, Hawaii, and Indiana).

Petros’ expertise and research interests are in the areas of integrative and interdisciplinary studies of leadership and organizational theories; leadership development; spirituality of leadership; intercultural leadership; anthropology of leadership; leadership and followership; leader-follower identities; international higher education; curriculum design and development; and program assessment and evaluation.

Michael Quigley, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Quigley is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Dr. Quigley earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees all from The University of Pittsburgh, culminating in a Ph.D. from the School of Education Administrative and Policy Studies Department in 2013.  His dissertation is titled, “Let Them Speak Their Peace”: A Retrospective Critical Race Exploration of Adolescent Black Male Social and Schooling Experiences, Identity Development, and Educational / Life Outcomes.  Dr. Quigley has authored and co-authored several articles including, most recently, a Critical Race analysis of the BMLDI in the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME).

He is currently working on his first book, based on the research in his doctoral dissertation. In his service at RMU, Dr. Quigley also Chairs the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Council Race and Ethnicity Committee and is the former Director of The Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI). As an educational leadership consultant and equity coach, he trains in systemic equity leadership, culturally responsive practices, classroom/building management, school culture, and equity reform.  Dr. Quigley has given many conference presentations, keynote lectures, and television and radio talk shows on such topics as urban and racial educational disparities, diversity, social justice, Black Lives Matter, African American history, adolescent identity construction, and leadership.

William K. Shadle, M.S.

Professor Shadle is a Lecturer of Organizational Leadership. He earned his M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College and B.S. in Behavioral Psychology from Slippery Rock University. Prior to coming to Robert Morris University, Prof. Shadle had a 27-year career in the private sector. This included experience in retail, manufacturing, and consulting. He spent seventeen years in the commercial construction industry serving in a variety of capacities including Environmental Health and Safety, Quality Assurance, and Production. He also carried out organizational development and training for a Fortune 1000 organization.

Prof. Shadle was instrumental in leading or starting several key departments in these organizations. During his tenure at RMU, he has developed curriculum for five of the twelve required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.

Elizabeth Stork, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Stork is Professor of Organizational Studies at RMU.  Dr. Stork teaches graduate courses in organizational leadership, research methods, and decision making, and undergraduate courses in contemporary issues in leadership. Her research interests include nonconformity to stereotypes in leadership, women who lead social movements, human universals in organizational contexts, and typifications of diversity. She conducts program evaluations for nonprofit agencies.

Her previous work experience includes grant proposal writing for nonprofits, project coordination with RAND Corp. and research work at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Mental Health Research and Child Research Division. She was a VP of United Way’s Allocations and a consultant and program officer with several local philanthropic foundations. Dr. Stork earned her B.A. in The Classics at LSU, her M.A. in Sociology (Gender, Race, Class Studies), and her MSW in Social Administration and Ph.D. in Social Work Research from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lazarina Topuzova, Ph.D.

Dr. Lazarina Topuzova brings to RMU over 10 years of experience teaching and training in the fields of organizational research and program evaluation, diversity, and intercultural communication. Prior to beginning her career in academia, Dr. Topuzova spent time in Kosovo working on educational program development, capacity building and conflict resolution skills training for youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Topuzova holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has an M.A. in American Literature from Sofia University, Bulgaria and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the European Peace University, Austria. 

Dr. Topuzova’s current research interests and expertise are in developing leadership capacity in community and grassroots organizations, including asset-based community development, as well as best practices in online teaching and learning in leadership education. Global leadership and doctoral education in leadership studies are areas of interest that she has recently added to her research agenda. Dr. Topuzova currently teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and some of her favorite courses include Conflict Resolution, Research Methods for Organizational Leadership, Global Perspectives, Foundations of Leadership and Followership, and Leadership and Communication. Born in Bulgaria, Dr. Topuzova speaks several Slavic languages (Russian, Macedonian, and Serbo-Croatian) in addition to her native Bulgarian. Thanks to her experience working with diverse populations, she has also acquired a working knowledge of German, Farsi, and Spanish.