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Sarah Visser, Cand. Ph.D., M.Ed.

Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5785
Sarah Visser, Cand. Ph.D., M.Ed., joined the Department of Leadership and College Student Development as an assistant professor in July 2012. From 2009 to 2012, she was a Prior Learning Assessment faculty member in the School of Adult and Professional Studies. Before her arrival at APU, she spent the majority of her professional career working with traditional undergraduate students in the realm of student affairs, most recently as associate dean of campus life at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She has a passion for engaging in scholarship around diversity and social justice issues, with specializations in gender studies, organizational culture, identity development, class consciousness, and white privilege. She’s completing her doctoral studies in higher education at Claremont Graduate University, where her research focuses on organizational implications of diversity.


Ph.D., Higher Education, Claremont Graduate University (anticipated 2015)
M.Ed., College Student Affairs, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., Communication Arts and Sciences, Calvin College

Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Certificate in College Teaching, Claremont Graduate University
Mastery Certification in Prior Learning Assessment, DePaul University


  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Leadership and Organizational Psychology


  • Adult Development
  • Diversity/Social Justice
  • Higher Education
  • Organizational Culture
  • Women in Leadership

Courses Taught

LDRS 502 – Cornerstones of Christian Leadership
LDRS 516 – Leadership Development and Practice
LDRS 534 – Leader as an Agent of Change
LDRS 542 – Leading Across Cultures
LDRS 590 – Introduction to Thesis in Leadership
LDRS 591 – Thesis in Leadership: Data Collection and Analysis
LDRS 593 – Applied Research
LDRS 594 – Advanced Research Methodology
LDRS 598 – Special Topics

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