Faculty Bio

Katie Thiry

College of Doctoral Studies

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Dr. Katie Thiry completed her PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement at Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of WI-Oshkosh. Dr. Thiry teaches courses in Training & Development, Leadership Development, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Communications, and Presentation Skills. She is also employed as a Training and Performance Improvement Consultant with the goal of partnering with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams.

In addition to holding a certification as a Master Trainer for the Achieve Global leadership development system, Dr. Thiry comes from a wealth of professional experience ranging from Manager of Human Capital Development for a Fortune 100 company to Senior Training Specialist for an internet retailer. Perhaps her most enjoyed role is that of training new online instructors and assisting others in discovering the benefits of teaching online.

Dr. Thiry's focus is to inspire students through her own commitment and passion for learning. As a lifelong learner herself, she possesses an endless commitment to education. Dr. Thiry's inspiration to pursue a PhD in Education, Training and Performance Improvement Specialization was to help individuals and teams become more successful. Katie's experiences have taught her that leading instead of just managing change begins with educating oneself. Her philosophy of living well means living a life filled with passion and focus. To teach well means to share a passion for focused learning.

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