Geneva College



Dr. Jim Dittmar

Jim DittmarOffice Phone: 724-847-6853

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Leadership/Organizational Studies
  • Education

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D., 1993, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.Ed., 1986, Social Studies, Slippery Rock University
  • B.A., 1976, Geneva College

Courses Taught

MSOL Courses:

  • MOL 505 - History and Theory of Leadership
  • MOL 515 - Leadership and Ethics
  • MOL 525 - Leadership and Motivation
  • MOL 520 - Research Methods
  • MOL 535 - Leadership and Decision Making
  • MOL 530 - Leadership and Change
  • MOL 545 - Leadership and Strategy
  • MOL 555 - Integrated Leadership Project

DCP Courses:

  • HRS 440—Dynamics of Group and Organizational Behavior
  • HRS 430—Organizational Analysis
  • HRS 457—Principles of Management and Supervision
  • HRS 434—Research Methods
  • HRS 442—Values and Ethical Decision Making

M.Ed. in Higher Education Courses:

  • Foundations of Educational Research

Education Department Courses:

  • Pre-Student Teacher Seminar I—Secondary Education
  • Pre-Student Teacher Seminar II—Secondary Education

Duquesne University Ed.D Courses:

  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Educational Leadership

Other Academic Assignments:

  • Dissertation Committee Member, Richard Morris, Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Joseph Stahl, Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2008
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Cheryl Anderson, Regent University, 2010
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Jared Simmer, ABD, Duquesne University, 2012
  • Dissertation Committee Member, Susan Deihl, ABD, Indiana University of PA


  • Dittmar, J. K. (2012).  Servant leadership in higher education.  Paper presented at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Conference, June 8, 2012, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Dittmar, J. K., (2012).  Transformational leadership in higher education change.  Paper presented at the Servant Leader Roundtable Conference, June 20, 2012, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2007). Preliminary results of a study comparing five-factor personality traits with servant leader characteristics.  Paper presented at the Servant Leader Roundtable Conference, August 9, 2007, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2006).  Where do we go from here?: The necessity of developing an empirically-based, shared model of servant leadership.  Paper presented at the Servant Leader Roundtable Conference, August 1, 2006, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2006).  Development of an instrument measuring the characteristics of a five-component model of servant leadership.  Paper presented at the Servant Leader Roundtable Conference, August 1, 2006, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1995). Design of an integrative curriculum and pedagogy in the adult learner classroom.  Paper presented at the Association of Adult Educators Conference, July 7, 1995, Chicago, IL.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1994).  Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of curriculum knowledge.  Paper presented at the Christian Association of Teacher Educators Conference, April 21, 1994, Chicago, IL.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1994).  Effective evaluation of qualitative measures of learning in adult degree completion programs.  Paper presented at the Carlisle Conference of Degree Completion Programs, October 15, 1994, Carlisle, PA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1992).  The content of lesson plans:  How pre-service teachers utilize conceptions of curriculum knowledge when choosing what to teach.  Paper presented at the Association of Educators of America Conference, November 4, 1992, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1992).  The design and implementation of an action research project for students in an undergraduate adult learning program.  Paper presented at the Carlisle Conference of Adult Degree Completion Programs, October, 2, 1992, Carlisle, PA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (1991).  Making sense: How pre-service teachers construct knowledge about discipline-specific, secondary school curriculum.  Paper presented at the Association of Educators of American Conference, October 20, 1991, Kansas City, KA.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2008). The missional transformation of waynesburg college.  Christian Higher Education Journal. (accepted for publication).
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2008).  Against all odds: The transformation of Waynesburg College.  Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company.
  • Dittmar, J. K.,  Stahl-Wert, J. & Jennings, K. (2007).  Trust and engagement. Leadership Excellence, 24(11), 8.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2006). An interview with Larry Spears, CEO and Executive Director of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 14(2), 17-28.
  • Dittmar, J. K. (2003, October).  Ethics and leadership.  Hospital News, 1, 3-4. 

Current Projects

  • A study of transformative learning among adult graduate students
  • Antecedents of Servant Leadership: A Comparison of Five-Factor Personality Traits with Servant Leadership Characteristics.
  • A study of Nyack College, Nyack, New York, and how it transformed itself into an institution with a student body that has a “minority majority” ethnic composition and a faculty that represents that same diversity.

Awards & Distinctions Received

  • Excellence in Scholarship Award, Geneva College, 2010
  • Graduate Student of the Year, Slippery Rock University, 1987

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • Association of Adult and Continuing Education
  • International Leadership Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa, Westminster Chapter

Miscellaneous, e.g., hobbies, sports, personal info, etc.

  • Golf, Fishing, Spectator Sports


Point of Excellence

Geneva's Communication Disorders students have attended graduate programs all over the U.S., at schools such as the University of Iowa, California State University - Fullerton, Gallaudet University and University of Pittsburgh.

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Upcoming Events
Service opportunities in Beaver Falls
Students can work with Tiger Pause and the Dare2XL programs.
Branches on campus
The Christian indie/folk band is kicking off the Three Past Three program on October 23.
Living in Color: Steppin’ Up—Moving from Theory to Action
The conference, which focuses on getting involved in multicultural issues, will be held Nov. 7-8.
MBA program to host Open House
An information session that includes a complementary dinner will be held at the Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance on Tue., Oct. 28.
Business Day is November 8
Activities for those interested in business majors include simulations and networking with current students, faculty and local business leaders.