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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