Denise M. Douglas, PhD
Associate Dean, Executive Education
Dr. Denise Douglas has over 18 years of leadership experience in both private and public higher education institutions. As associate dean of Weatherhead Executive Education, she leads a team responsible for a portfolio of non-degree open enrollment courses, custom corporate solutions, executive coaching, the Executive MBA (EMBA), conference services, and operations.
Prior to her role in Executive Education, Douglas served as senior associate dean for the School of Graduate Studies and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. In this role, Douglas led a staff of eight with responsibilities in admissions, orientation, graduate academic affairs, commencement and postdoctoral affairs.
Douglas is also the president of Career Spark, LLC a leadership development, coaching, and educational practice. She is certified to deliver and interpret the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), as well as other leadership and career development assessments. Douglas has practiced as an executive coach for custom corporate leadership development and coaching education programs through the Weatherhead School of Management. She was also an executive coach for the Cleveland Clinic’s Leading in Healthcare program.
Douglas has worked with leaders in other sectors such as non-profit and government in the areas of leadership development and project management. Her specialty area is women’s leadership development.
In 2012, Douglas was selected to attend the ACE National Women’s Leadership Forum. In 2009, Douglas was awarded Case Western Reserve University’s President’s Distinguished Service Award. Other awards and recognition include the YWCA of Cleveland Woman of Professional Excellence (2007), Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40-40 Club (2007) and selection to attend the prestigious HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education (2005). Douglas currently serves on the board of Dress for Success Cleveland a non-profit that helps economically disadvantaged women overcome barriers to employment.
Douglas holds a PhD and MA in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She received her BA in English Literature from George Mason University.