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Michele T. Cole, J.D., Ph.D.
Interim Director, Human Resources Management (Management)
Professor of Human Resources Management (Management)
cole@rmu.edu
412-397-5285 phone (M)
412-397-2217 fax
Massey Hall 332


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, NP Management, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • J.D., Duquesne, 1982
  • M.P.I.A., Public Administration, Internat'l Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, 1974
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Wheeling Jesuit University , 1968

Professional Background

  • Interim Director, MSHR Program 2013- present
  • Director, MS Nonprofit Management Program, 2003 -2013
  • Interim Department Head, Management, April 2011- August 2012
  • Director, Massey Center for Business Innovation and Development, RMU, 2005-2008
  • Director, Planning & Development, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, 1984-2003
  • Development Consultant, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, 1981-1984
  • Director, Liaison & Information Services, University of Pittsburgh, 1976-1981
  • Asst. Director, Governmental Relations Office, University of Pittsburgh, 1973-1976
  • Staff, Governmental Relations Office, University of Pittsburgh, 1971-1973

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Online Education
  • Legal Issues in the Third Sector
  • Capacity-building in NPOs

Publications

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B., & Adeoye, B. (2014). Using digital technologies to aid e-learning: A pilot study. In B. Adeoye & L. Tomei (Eds.) Effects of Information Capitalism and Globalization on Teaching and Learning. Hershey: PA: IGI Global, 22-35.

  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D.J. (2014). Enhancing business education with technology: Are students using social media to aid learning? In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.) Encyclopedia of IS & T, Third Edition, 729-738.


  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D.J. (2014). Students’ use of technology in learning course material: Is it cheating? International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 10(1), 35-48.

     

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B., & Adeoye, B.F. (2014). Does student and instructor use of social media facilitate online learning: A look at two universities. In R. Neves-Silva, G. Tshirintzis, V. Uskov, R. Howlett, & J. Lain (Eds.), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications: Vol. 262. Smart Digital Futures 2014 (pp. 553-564).
  • Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2014). University students and e-learning: Are they really satisfied? Proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2014), 2179-2188.

     

  • Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Understanding academic integrity in the online learning environment: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students. Proceedings of the 20th Annual American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 738-746.

  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D. J. (2013). Enhancing online learning with technology: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students on their use of social media in course work.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, 3745-3809
  • Swartz, L. B., & Cole, M. T. (2013). Students' perception of academic integrity in online business education courses. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership (JBEL), 4(1), 102-112
  • Cole, M.T., & Garner, B.J. (2013). Capacity-building in the third sector using blended learning as a gateway to practitioner education. In J.B. Laewen (Ed.) Capacity Development: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Chapter 7, 135-148.

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Academic integrity and student satisfaction in an online environment. In H. Yang & S. Wang (Eds.) Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications. Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, Chapter 1, 1-19.

     

  • Cole, M. T., & Garner, B. J. (2011). Capacity - building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? In X. Luo, Y. Cao, B. Yang, J. Liu & F. Ye (Eds.) New Horizons in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2010 Workshops, ICWL 2010 Workshops: STEG, CICW, WGLBWS, and IWKDEWL, Shanghai, China, December 7-11, 2010 Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6537/2011, 276-290.

     

  • Cole, M.T. (2011). Transformational leadership-is this the way to the top? In M. Paludi & B. Coates (Eds.) Women as Transformational Leaders: From Grassroots to Global Interests. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 239-244.
  • Cole, M.T. & Swartz, L.B. (2011) Legal definitions, legal accountability and the roles and responsibilities of board leaders. In K.A. Agard (Ed.) Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, 3-11.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T., & Lovejoy, D.L. (2011). Ensuring users rights to privacy, confidence and reputation in the online learning environment: What should instructors do to protect their students? privacy? In I.M. Portela & M.M. Cruz-Cunha (Eds.) Information Communication Technology Law, Protection and Access Rights: Global Approaches and Issues. Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, 346-362.
  • Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Can e-learning provide tools for capacity-building to improve performance in the nonprofit sector? Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 165-172.
  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J. & Swartz, L.B. (2011). Satisfaction with online education and issues of academic integrity: Viewed from the student?s perspective. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 204-212.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D.J. (2010). Instructor satisfaction with teaching business law online versus onland. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 6(1), 1-16.
  • Cole, M. T. (2010). In L.A. Tomei (Ed.). Lexicon of online and distance education. (Distinguished Contributing Author, p. 245). New York: Rowan & Litchfileld.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D.J. (2010). Learning business law online vs. onland: Student satisfaction and performance. In L.A. Tomei (Ed.). ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching. Hershey PA: IGI Global, Chapter 8, 82-95.
  • Cole, M.T. & Garner, B. J. (2010). Capacity-building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? Proceedings of New Horizons in Web-based Learning: Satellite Workshops of ICWL 2010, 279-288.
  • Rohall, T. G. & Cole, M.T. (2010). Building green: Making it happen through intention, values, knowledge, cost, behavior, and attitude. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Enterprises of the Future, Moon Township, PA. 12-15 September, 2010.
  • Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2010).Students? perceptions of academic integrity in the online learning environment. Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2165-2175.
  • Schimmel, K., Motley, D. & Cole, M. (2010). Helping donors choose your organization: Using image theory to change people?s minds. Nonprofit World 28(2), 6-7.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2009) Comparative analyses of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: How effective is e-pedagogy? In L.A. Tomei (Ed.) Information Communication Technologies for Enhanced Education and Learning: Advanced Applications and Developments, New York: IGI Global, Chapter VI, 76-93.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). Learning business law online vs. onland: A Mixed method analysis. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 4(2), 54-66.
  • Watt Geer, B., Maher, J.K., & Cole, M. T. (2008). Managing nonprofit organizations: The importance of transformational leadership and commitment to operating standards for nonprofit accountability. Public Performance & Management Review,32(1), 47-71.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Comparative analyses of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: How effective is e-pedagogy? In Craig Van Slyke (Ed.) Information Communication Technologies for Enhanced Education and Learning: Advanced Applications and Developments. Advances in Information and Communication Technology Education Series, Vol. 3, Chapter 7.9, 3391-3404. IGI Global, ISBN 978-1-60566-150-6. Reprint.
  • Swartz, LB., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D. J. (2008). Measuring effectiveness in online instruction. Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning, 2nd Edition. Idea Group Inc., 1399-1403.
  • Cole, M.T., Dolch, N., Guiler, J., Wise, H. Kampsen, B., & Kilgore, K. (2008). Comparing attitudes on victim compensation and disaster relief: Are there regional differences? 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference Proceeding, 811-827.
  • Hanley Gold, S. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Enrolling students with disabilities: Content analysis of pennsylvania higher education websites. 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference Proceeding, 853-868.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). E-Learning and e-pedagogy: How do we know it works? Proceedings of the Sixth IASTED Conference on Web-based Education, ACTA Press, 315-320.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). Online vs. in-class teaching: Comparing and analyzing effectiveness. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teaching Education.
  • Rohall, T.G. & Cole, M.T. Building green: Making it happen through intention, values, knowledge, cost, behavior, and attitude. ARNOVA 37 Conference Proceedings. November 20-22, 2008.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2007) A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 3(1), 10-21.
  • Gooden-Ledbetter, M. J., Cole, M.T., Maher, J. K., & Condeluci, A. (2007) Self-efficacy and interdependence as predictors of life satisfaction for people with disabilities: Implications for independent living programs. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 27(3), 153-161.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2007). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: 2004-2007. IADIS International Journal of WWW/Internet (ISSN: 1645-7641, 5(1).
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. Proceedings of the Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, ACTA Press, 32-37.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference, WWW/Internet 2006, Vol. I, IASDIS Press, 3-9.
  • Watt-Geer, B., Maher J.K., & Cole, M.T. (2005). The roles of commitment to operating standards and transformational leadership in describing nonprofit accountability. Proceedings of the 2005 ARNOVA Conference, http://www.arnova.org/cgi-bin/article_search.pl?goto=form

Presentations

  • 2014 - Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2014). University students and e-learning: Are they really satisfied? 25th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2014), Jacksonville, Fla., March 17-21, 2014.
  • 2013 - Shelley, D. J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Online learning, social media and sustainability at the university level. 5th Annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future: Social profit. Pittsburgh, PA, September 26-27, 2013.
  • 2013 - Cole, M.T., Shelley, D. J., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Student satisfaction with online learning: One university?s experience. 5th Annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future: Social profit. Pittsburgh, PA, September 26-27, 2013.
  • 2013 - Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B. & Shelley, D. J. (2013). Enhancing online learning with technology: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students on their use of social media in course work. 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6-9, 2013
  • 2013 - Cole, M.T. & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Understanding academic integrity in the online learning environment: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students. 20th Annual American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21-24, 2013.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T. & Garner B.J. (2011). Developing a model for blended learning to meet the education and training needs of the nonprofit sector. 40th ARNOVA Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 17-19, 2011.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Capacity-building in the third sector using blended learning as a gateway to practitioner education. Benchmark 3.5 Conference, Presentation (Modified World Cafe). San Diego, CA.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Can e-learning provide tools for capacity-building to improve performance in the nonprofit sector? IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J. & Swartz, L.B. (2011). Satisfaction with online education and issues of academic integrity: Viewed from the student?s perspective. IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • 2010 - Cole, M.T. & Garner, B. J. (2010). Capacity-building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? New Horizons in Web-based Learning: Satellite Workshops of ICWL 2010, Shanghai, China, 279-288.
  • 2010 - Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Lovejoy, D.L. (2010). The right to privacy in the e-learning environment: What do users expect? 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 2008 - Cole, M.T., Dolch, N., Guiler, J., Wise, H. Kampsen, B., & Kilgore, K. (2008). Comparing attitudes on victim compensation and disaster relief: Are there regional differences? 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference,Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina.
  • 2008 - Hanley Gold, S. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Enrolling students with disabilities: Content analysis of pennsylvania higher education websites. 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference, Myrtle Beach,S. Carolina.
  • 2008 - Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). E-Learning and e-pedagogy: How do we know it works? Proceedings of the Sixth IASTED Conference on Web-based Education,Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 2006 - Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses.Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, Lima, Peru.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Michele


Fall 2014
Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • HRMG6100-A
  • -ONLINEICole2 (08/23-10/17/14)1 Seats
  • MGMT4120-B
  • -ONLINEICole2 (08/23-10/17/14)0 Seats
  • MGMT4120-A
  • -ONLINEICole2 (08/23-10/17/14)-1 Seats

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