faculty

Colonel Donna Brazil, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1983)

Expertise
Organizational leadership, leader development, resilience, organizational teams, transforming culture and organizational change 

Experience
Dr. Brazil retired from the United States Army as a Colonel with over 31 years of leadership experience. She served in wide variety of leadership assignments to include executive officer and operations officer for a 1000-person logistics unit, commander of a 200-person transportation unit and director of Leadership and Psychology Programs at the United States Military Academy (USMA). Donna concluded her service as the Deputy Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at USMA. She served with the Office of Military Cooperation – Afghanistan assisting the Afghan Ministry of Defense in establishing the Afghan Military Academy and collaborated with the Los Angeles police department and the New Jersey Chiefs of Police in designing a Command and Leadership course for their officers. Dedicated to improving the wellbeing of Soldiers and their families, Donna is certified as a trainer for the US Army’s Master Resilience Trainer Course. 

An experienced teacher and lecturer, Donna has taught numerous leadership and psychology courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. She has presented and facilitated discussions with business and community groups ranging in size from 10 to 200 on a wide variety of topics including Leader Development, Resilient Leadership, Organizational Teams, Transforming Organizational Culture and Leadership in In Extremis Conditions. 

Scholarly Work/Publications/Awards
Dr. Brazil’s research interests center on leadership and leader development in varied settings. She has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly works published across an array of academic publications. Including works Leadership Skills Development for Engineers (Engineering Management Journal, 2009); Authentic Leadership in In Extremis Settings: A Concept for Extraordinary Leaders in Exceptional Situations (Authentic Leadership Theory and Practice, 2005); Leading Individuals and Project Management Teams(The Engineering Management Handbook, 2010); and Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (The Military Psychologist’s Desk Reference, 2013) 

Education
PhD, Social Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC MA, Social Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC BS, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY