Joan V. Gallos is Professor of Leadership Emerita at Wheelock College, where she also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and oversaw three major accreditations, as well as faculty development, academic programming, and educational innovation consistent with the College’s mission.

Prior to Wheelock, Gallos was tenured Professor of Leadership, University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she had also served as Dean of Education, Director of the Higher Education Graduate Programs, Coordinator of University Accreditation, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Planning.

In addition to her work at Wheelock and UMKC, Gallos has held academic appointments at the Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Babson College, and has taught in executive programs at a variety of institutions such as Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and its Graduate School of Education, Babson, the University of Missouri system, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, and University of British Columbia.

Gallos holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in English from Princeton and a masters and a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and professional education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She is an award-winning educator, author, and scholar in the fields of leadership and management education; passionate program designer; and consultant who has engaged in leadership development and organizational start-up and change projects for private and public organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Her scholarship centers on innovative leadership and management education for a diverse work world; organizational change; professional effectiveness; and evolving conceptions of what, how and why professionals learn. Current interests include 21st century leadership and followership; academic leadership; and the arts as a vehicle for individual and organizational development. Gallos is active on social media: she blogs on topics such as these as The Leadership Professor at and she tweets as @JoanGallos.

Gallos has five published books (Business Leadership; Organization Development; Teaching Diversity: Listening to the Soul, Speaking from the Heart (with V. Jean Ramsey); and Reframing Academic Leadership and Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work (both with Lee G. Bolman), and multiple sets of curricular and training materials for the organizational and management sciences. She has a co-authored (and produced) play on teen health, draft of a book for young readers, multiple chapters for her first novel, plenty of ideas for children’s books, and a fabulous playwriting project in development.


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