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Beth A. Birmingham, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc.

Beth Birmingham

Associate Professor, Leadership and Change
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/beth-birmingham/2/603/704/
Leadership Musings Blog: http://peculiarleader.wordpress.com/

Beth Birmingham is an Associate Professor of Leadership and Change at Eastern University.    She shares her teaching load between Eastern’s School of Leadership and Development (SLD) and the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program.  She has served at Eastern University since 1996 in a variety of positions.  Prior to a two year teaching sabbatical in Cape Town, South Africa (2006-2008), she served as the founding Assistant Dean of SLD from 2000 – 2006, managing a team of 8 and a 1.5 million dollar budget, and Director of International Partnerships prior to that.  She was part of the development team for the Pathways to Leadership program with World Vision International and Habitat for Humanity, focusing on NGO leadership development, and has been responsible for administrative and academic oversight of numerous graduate programs and organizational partnerships that make up SLD.  Those include an MBA and MA in Organizational Leadership (Pathways to Leadership), and MBA in International Economic Development and an MA in International Development.  As part of the core values of SLD, Ms. Birmingham has served as the designer and relationship point person for a number of organizational relationships SLD has engaged in including World Vision International, Habitat for Humanity International, Cornerstone Christian College, English Language Institute of China, Geneva Global Inc., Theological College of Asia, among others.  Her work has taken her to over 19 countries.

In additional to administration, her teaching responsibilities have included courses in leadership and justice, organizational behavior, and nonprofit partnerships at the doctoral level, ministry partnerships, development strategies, servant leadership, strategic thinking, organizational behavior and human resource management at the graduate level, and leadership, management, community research and project management at the undergraduate level.

Her work with the NGO sector has spanned over a decade starting with leadership development initiatives in the late ‘90’s through present, researching NGO partnerships for her dissertation and publications, speaking at conferences and facilitating the process of creating the Principles of Integral Mission for the Accord Network agencies in 2011/2012 (accordnetwork.org/integral/).   She is currently working on a book about Christian NGO Leadership.

Contact Information

Phone: 610-341-4380
Fax: 484-581-1276
Email: bbirming@eastern.edu


  • Ph.D. Antioch University, Leadership and Change
  • MBA Eastern University, International Economic Development
  • B.Sc. West Chester University

Recent Research Projects

  • Leadership Pressure Points in the Disaster Relief Game, (2012) mixed method study of leadership profiles and context for first and second response teams in disaster relief NGOs.
  • Habitat for Humanity:  Impact of Homeownership on Single Female Homeowners, (2011) studying the impact of homeownership on women and children of single women households on four continents for major housing NGO
  • Compassion International:  Meta-evaluation of 14 impact evaluation studies of child sponsorship in 14 countries. (2011)

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Birmingham, B., Todd, S. (eds). (2010). Shared Strength: Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships. Colorado Springs, CO: Compassion International.
  • Birmingham, B., (2010).  Creating value in designing and managing your partnership. In Birmingham, B., Todd, S. (eds). In Shared Strength: Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships. Colorado Springs, CO: Compassion International.
  • Birmingham, B. (2010).  Half the Sky and Then Some:  The Disproportionate Burdens Women Bear.  Prism Magazine, January.
  • Birmingham, B., S. LeQuire, (2010) Green heroes re-examined: An evaluation of environmental role models.  In B.W. Redekop (ed.), Leadership for Environmental Sustainability, Routledge Press.

Ms. Birmingham holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, an MBA in International Economic Development from Eastern University, and a B.Sc. in Marketing from West Chester University. She serves on the board of the Accord Network (www.accordnetwork.org) and She Is Safe (formerly Sisters in Service-www.sheissafe.org), a nonprofit focused on strengthening the development work of women living in the hardest places in the world. Ms. Birmingham has held leadership positions in her church in the areas of missions, chairing the mission board for four years.  She can be reached at bbirming@eastern.edu.

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