elizabeth_mcdanielElizabeth, of Washington, DC, is currently a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, where she contributes knowledge and perspectives on leadership, personnel, education and training, and organizational issues in government. Prior to her arrival in March 2012, she served at the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at iCollege of National Defense University for a dozen years. In this position she was responsible for the quality of the college’s interdisciplinary graduate-level curriculum, academic programs, faculty development, and scholarship related to Information Age government and leadership. Working with stakeholders she collaborated with faculty to provide educational programs and services to prepare senior leaders for today’s dynamic government environment.

Elizabeth began her academic career at the University of Hartford, where she advanced from assistant to full professor, and from assistant to associate vice president for academic affairs. She was an American Council on Education Fellow in the Office of the President at the University of Connecticut in 1989-1990. She served as the Executive Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nova Southeastern University from 1995 to 1998. She also served as a Senior Fellow at the American Council on Education, where she focused on leadership development, the training of academic department chairs, and distance education policy issues.

Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in education from Barry University, and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in curriculum and instruction. Her educational background in psychology and education was evident in her commitment to the cognitive and professional development of students and faculty. As a faculty member and campus leader, administrator, and published scholar, she demonstrated her commitment to interdisciplinary education, general and liberal education, and innovation in teaching and learning. She has consulted on strategic planning, multicultural and international issues, collaboration, teaching and learning, leadership, educational technologies, and transformation and organizational agility.

Elizabeth learned about PSC through her networking on leader development in the federal government. She joined the PSC Board in 20XX, and currently serves as it treasurer. She has been recently certified as an instructor in the PSC Facilitation course. She is also a Certified Grant Writer and is gaining experience working with non-profit organizations whose mission she admires.