Beth A. Birmingham, Ph.D.

Beth A. Birmingham

Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership


Beth Birmingham is the Senior Director for Leadership and Staff Development at Compassion International. She’s responsible for leading a team in the strategic design of leadership development and staff development efforts for 4000 employees in 26 countries. Prior to joining Compassion, Dr. Birmingham served as an Associate Professor of Leadership and Change at Eastern University and Chair of the School of Leadership and Development. She shared her teaching load between Eastern’s School of Leadership and Development (SLD) and the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program teaching a variety of leadership and organizational behavior topics. She was the creator and founding Director for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program and the Academic Coordinator for the SLD Africa Programs. She 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, and Director of International Partnerships prior to that. Those partnerships included World Vision International, Habitat for Humanity International, Urban Promise International, International Justice Mission, Cornerstone Christian College, among others. Her work has taken her to over 26 countries.

Dr. Birmingham has been involved with her local church through their Human Trafficking task force and has been part of the same group of “prayer sisters” for 19 years. She’s joyfully single raising two happy Bichons and enjoys running, biking, hiking, ballroom dancing, travel and photography. Her favorite bible verse the past few years has been 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 

Education
  • PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University
  • MBA in International Economic Development, Eastern University
  • BS in Marketing, West Chester University
Selected Research Reports/Publications
  • Accord Network: Stronger Together: Leadership Perceptions of a Faith-Based NGO Network (2016). Qualitative study of 18 senior leaders' perceptions of the value and future challenges facing the Accord Network.
  • Leadership Pressure Points in the Disaster Relief Game (2012-2014). Mixed method of study of leadership profiles and context for first and second response teams in disaster relief NGOs.
Selected Publications
  • Birmingham, B., S. Todd (eds) (2010). Shared Strength: Exploring Cross-Cultural Christian Partnerships. Colorado Springs, CO: Compassion International.
  • Birmingham, B., S. LeQuire (2010). Green hereos re-examined: An evaluation of environmental role models. In B.W. Redekop (ed.), Leadership for Environmental Sustainability, Routledge Press.