Elisabeth Bennett

Associate Teaching Professor


Dr. Elisabeth E. Bennett is Associate Teaching Professor in Organizational Leadership Studies. She teaches and chairs doctoral theses primarily in the EdD program. Dr. Bennett has 30 years of experience in business and industry, spanning mutual funds, corporate financial services in a Fortune 500 company, agriculture, manufacturing, continuing education, academic medicine and higher education. She has managed multi-million dollar budgets, technology projects, and built training and faculty development programs in various capacities. As a learning professional in Industrial Engineering, Dr. Bennett was an early adopter of computer-based training and helped a factory transition from an AS/400 to Windows-based AS/500 mainframe during the Y2K transition, and she managed an intranet in university-based continuing education, which formed her early perspectives on virtual human resource development. Dr. Bennett was an embedded scholar-practitioner in academic medicine, producing both practice-based institutional research and a scholarly research agenda.

Academically, Dr. Bennett received her Master's and PhD in Adult Education from the University of Georgia where she concentrated in Instructional Technology and Human Resource and Organizational Development. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research. She has been twice nominated for teaching and advising excellence at Northeastern, won several cutting edge research awards over her career, and been co-PI and collaborator on a number of grants. Because of the combination of practice experience and scholarship, Dr. Bennett is well situated to bring research rigor to practice environments, bridging theory and practice. Two of Dr. Bennett's advisees have won or been a finalist for the Dean's Medal, the highest honor a doctoral recipient can receive in the College of Professional Studies.

Dr. Bennett's scholarship includes foundational definition and conceptualization of virtual human resource development (VHRD), co-editing two journal issues on the topic, and extending VHRD to international HRD, Technology Development, Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things. Service and professional development activities have included the Board of Directors for the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), Editorial board member for Adult Education Quarterly, Human Resource Development Quarterly, New Horizons for Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Advances in Developing Human Resources. Dr. Bennett has reviewed for Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Management Information Systems, Academic Medicine, European Journal of Training and Development, and various conferences. She has been the track chair editor as well as a co-Chair of the Virtual HRD, Technology, and Distance Learning special interest group for AHRD. While at Northeastern, Dr. Bennett has served on numerous committees, including the promotions committee and she chaired the Professional Standards Committee of the Faculty Academic Council.

Courses taught include research methods, proposal development, adult learning, human resource development, leadership, communication, financial management, and managing the training function.


PhD from University of Georgia (2006)

Professional Experience

Associate Teaching Professor - Northeastern University

Director of Education Research and Development, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, University of Oklahoma

Editorial Associate, Adult Education Quarterly, University of Georgia

Program Specialist and Data Collection Coordinator, University of Georgia

Industrial Engineering Technician and Plant Training Coordinator, General Time Corporation

Client Services at MassMutual Life Insurance and Phoenix Equity Planning Corporation