thomasls [at] stedwards.edu
(512) 637-1954
Mailbox 1049

Office
Premont Hall 325

Office Hours
By appointment; refer to syllabus

School
The Bill Munday School of Business

Department
Management

Dr. Tom Sechrest is Director of the MSOLE & MSLC Programs. He holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Management with tenure. Dr. Sechrest joined the adjunct faculty in 2001 and the tenure-track faculty in 2005.

Sechrest has had a long career in leadership development as an entrepreneur, in the public sector, in the private sector, in the non-profit sector, and in higher education. He started his career as an entrepreneur in educational & industrial television, creating training films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos for Don Kirshner's Rock Concerts. He then worked as a television producer for the U.S. Department of Labor and led a national leadership development project. He worked in corporate leadership & succession planning for AMD, then served as Faculty Chair for Leadership Austin before joining the faculty at St. Edward's.

Academic Appointments

Director, MSLC Program 2015

Interim Dean, 2013-2014

Associate Dean, 2009-2015

Awarded Tenure, 2014

Associate Professor of Management, 2010-present

Assistant Professor of Management, 2005-2009

Director, MSOLE Program 2006-present

Year Started

2005

Education

  • Ph.D. in Human Resource Development Leadership, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dissertation: "Case Study: How Leaders Learn to Become Leaders in the Semiconductor Industry"
  • M.S. in Instructional Design, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • B.A. in Psychology, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Achievement & Involvement

Community Service

Member, The Seton Cove Advisory Council of the Institute for Soul-Centered Leadership, 2012-present

Member, Sister Mary Rose McPhee Lecture and Workshop on Leadership & Spirituality, Organizing Committee, 2008-present

Member, Delta Lambda Chapter of Beta Theta Put Fraternity Housing Corporation, 2015

Chair, Human Capital Action Team, School for Young Men Planning Committee, Austin Independent School District, 2012

Member, Board of Directors, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, Texas 2008-2010

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

  • Chair, Ethics Forum Learning Community, International Leadership Association (Past Chair, Leadership Development Member Interest Group)
  • Member, Academy of Human Resource Development
  • Member, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics

Publications & Articles

Publications

Morrisey, G., Sechrest, T., & Warman, W. (1997). Loud and Clear: How to Prepare and Deliver Effective Business and Technical Presentations. New York: Perseus Books Group. Over 400,000 copies sold.

Sechrest, T. (2009). Globalization and work, Occupation Management Handbook. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Watkins, K. & Sechrest, T. (1998). Adding value: Program financing for program planners, Program planning for the training and continuing education of adults. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company.  

Articles

Sechrest, T. & Middelberg, T. M. (2007). Using the RFDA Model as a Tool for Developing Ethical Leadership. Perspectives in Business, 4 (1), 23-27.  

Sechrest, T. (2003). BOOK REVIEW Principles of Facilitation: The Purpose and Potential of Leading Group Process. Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal. Apple Valley, MN: International Association of Facilitators.

Sechrest, T. (1994). Review of Change at Work: The Total Transformational Management Process by Oscar Mink, et al, in The Forum, Newsletter of the Academy of Human Resource Development, Austin, TX USA

Presentations

Presentations

Sechrest, T., Byars, J. & Thomas, T. (2014). Ethics of Social Media Workshop. (PEER REVIEWED) International Leadership Association15th Annual Global Conference: Conscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of our Collective Realities. San Diego, CA. USA

Sechrest, T., Kamphuis, Y., & Miranda, L. (2012). Implications of Contemporary Events on Leadership Development. (PEER REVIEWED). International Leadership Association14th Annual Global Conference: Leadership Across the Great Divides: Bridging Cultures, Contexts and Complexities. Denver, CO. USA

Sechrest, T., Chaleff, I., & Edmonds, W. (2012). The Ethical and Practical Dimensions of Focusing on Followership Development. (PEER REVIEWED). International Leadership Association14th Annual Global Conference: Leadership Across the Great Divides: Bridging Cultures, Contexts and Complexities. Denver, CO. USA.

Sechrest, T. & Albert, P. (2011). Emergent Leadership: Re-Mapping 21st Century Paradigms of Leadership (PEER REVIEWED). International Leadership Association 13th Annual Global Conference: One Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purposes of Leadership. LONDON, UK

Sechrest, T., Byars, J., Sanga, K., Spence, N., Thomas, T. (2010). The Ethics of Leadership: Continuing the Discussion (PEER REVIEWED). International Leadership Association 12th Annual Global Conference, Leadership 2.0: Time for Action. BOSTON, MA. USA

Sechrest, T. (2010). Existing Frameworks for Contemporary Times: Why The Birkman Method Still Applies to Leadership 2.0 (PEER REVIEWED). International Leadership Association 12th Annual Global Conference, Leadership 2.0: Time for Action. BOSTON, MA. USA

Sechrest, T., Byars, J., Thomas, T., Sanga, K., & Spence, N. (2010, October). Workshop: Ethics Discussion Forum Learning Community. International Leadership Association 12th Annual Global Conference, Leadership 2.0: Time for Action. Boston, MA. USA

Sechrest, T., Byars, J., Price, T., Spence, N., Thomas, T. (2009). Initiating and Sustaining Conversations about Ethics in Organizations. International Leadership Association 11th Annual Conference, Leadership for Transformation. Prague, Czech Republic.

Sechrest, T.L., Thomas, M.P. and Estes, N. (eds.). (1995). Leadership for creating educational change: Integrating the power of technology; Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Technology and Education. Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin.

Sechrest, T.L. (1994). "Technology for education in a developing world," in Thomas, M.P., Sechrest, T.L. and Estes, N. (eds.). Deciding our future: Technological imperatives for education: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Technology and Education. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin.

Sechrest, T.L. (1994). "International Cooperation and Partnerships," in Thomas, M.P., Sechrest, T.L. and Estes, N. (eds.). Deciding our future: Technological imperatives for education: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Technology and Education. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin.

Worley, E.N. and Sechrest, T.L. (1994). "Open and Distance Learning: A Discussion of Where We Are and Where We Should Be Going," in Thomas, M.P., Sechrest, T.L. and Estes, N. (eds.). Deciding our future: Technological imperatives for education: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Technology and Education. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin.

Thomas, M.P., Sechrest, T.L. and Estes, N. (Editors). (1994). Deciding our future: Technological imperatives for education: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Technology and Education. Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin.

For Students

Class Preparation

I expect students to be PREPARED for each class session--that means assigned readings completed, ready to discuss in class, and eager to fulfill the requirements for assignments. Attitude about learning is as important as the process. Being a student is a commitment. I will do my part as the instructor, and I expect students to do theirs, too.

Outside the Classroom

My primary efforts are as a thought-leader in leadership development with the International Leadership Association, where I am an officer, the Academy of Human Resource Development, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Locally, I am active in social and community events, though I am more of a "home body" than I am a social butterfly!

Why I Teach

I consider my role as a professor to be more "facilitator of learning" than a didactic (one-way) disseminator of knowledge and information. I seek to create en environment in the classroom in which students can effectively learn. That environment is comprised of structured stimuli (texts and readings) to ground knowledge acquisition, thoughtfully-constructed learning modules that encourage critical examination of the topics being studied, and relevant feedback to students about their learning.