Lisa O'Hara

Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organization
Department: Management and Organization
Office: 403 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-1522
Fax: 814-863-7261
Member of Faculty Since: 2011


Dr. O’Hara joined the faculty of the Smeal College of Business in 2011 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organization.  Over the past ten years, she has designed and taught courses in human capital-related fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her expertise is applied to undergraduate Smeal courses in organizational behavior, human capital management, performance management and talent management; under her guidance, the management major with a human capital concentration has received and maintained recognition by the Society for Human Resource Management as a SHRM-aligned program.   Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. O’Hara designed and taught classroom, on-line and hybrid courses in managerial communication, the Balanced Scorecard and HR Scorecard, and human resource management for undergraduate, MBA and MHRM students. 

In addition to teaching, Dr. O’Hara enjoys collaboration with students and faculty through participation in several Smeal College committees and serves as faculty adviser and mentor to the Smeal Human Capital Student Consultants, Smeal LeaderSHIP, Professional Management Association, and the Pennharmonics. 

Her professional and research interests include virtual community in the on-line teaching and learning space, outcomes and assessments in teaching and learning, performance management and employee coaching, and public speaking.  She is certified in the use of DISCFlex by the International Coaching Federation and Indaba Global Coaching.

Dr. O’Hara lends her expertise to organizations in consulting roles, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as an assessment item developer, writer and editor for the Assurance of Learning, SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams.  She also provides coaching consultations to individuals and organizations.

Prior to academia, Dr. O’Hara was employed in human capital positions in which she had responsibilities for organizational communications, strategy and alignment, recruiting, and training and development. 



Outcomes and Assessments in Teaching and Learning
Human Capital Management
Organizational and Managerial Communications


PhD, Instructional Design and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008


MGMT326, Organizational Behavior and Design

MGMT341, Introduction to Human Capital Management

MGMT443, Performance Management

MGMT441, Talent Management: Staffing & Recruiting