Michael Cauley | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Michael Cauley

Michael Cauley
Doctor of Management, 2019 - Present
Chief Services Officer, Cohort4Care, LLC
Associate Professor, Lipscomb University

Michael Richard Cauley joined Lipscomb University in August 2016 where he is the director of the College of Professional Studies Performance and Leadership Coaching programs. Since that time, he has trained leaders from Acadia Healthcare, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Community Health Systems, HCA, Press Ganey, Specialty Care, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Auburn University, MIT, Vanderbilt University, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Lyft, Metro Schools, State of Tennessee, TED, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and boutique companies within the music industry. In 2020 the United States Air Force learned of the coaching programs Michael had developed and contracted with Lipscomb University to begin teaching 26,000 Captains who rotate as faculty through Air University. Prior to directing Lipscomb’s coaching programs, which Michael describes as “Teaching leaders to listen,” Michael co-directed a doctoral program at Andrews University and trained leaders internationally including Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Nigeria, Vietnam, and the United States. He is a Doctor of Management Fellow of Nonprofit Management and a Doctor of Management Fowler Fellow for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University. He has presented at The Association of Financial Professionals, The Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School, and ARNOVA where he received the 2020 Emerging Scholar Award. His current research is in the decision making of health care providers within the electronic medical record. Professionally and away from the academy, he is an ordained minister and spent the first 15 years of his career as a turnaround and start-up leader for congregations in Seattle, Fort Worth, and Nashville. In Fort Worth, he developed a partnership with the local merchant’s association and started a coffee shop through which people were taught to pray through artistic expression. In 2020, he co-founded Cohort4Care which guides health care providers and non-profit leaders through burnout and compassion fatigue. He currently holds multiple graduate degrees from Andrews University, Benedictine University, The Hudson Institute of Coaching, and is a Doctor of Management student at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Curriculum Vita

MS, Benedictine University, 2018
Doctor of Ministry, Andrews University, 2010
Masters of Divinity, Andrews University, 2002
BA, Southern Adventist University, 2000

Interests and Courses


The decision making of health care providers in the electronic medical record between the logic of intimacy and the logic of standardization.


Human and Organizational Development, Systems, Design, Decision Making, Philosophy, Religion

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Cauley, M. R. (2020).
    Research Highlights from Doctoral Degree Programs, Weatherhead 2020 PRME SIP Report. (pp. 45). Cleveland, Ohio: Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.


  • Cauley, M. R. (Presenter & Author) 49th Annual ARNOVA Conference, "Frontline Health Care Professionals and Inquiry", Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Convened Virtually. (2020).
  • Cauley, M. R. (Presenter & Author), Gilbert , D. B. (Presenter & Author) AFP 2019 Treasury & Finance Conference, "Coaching ROI: A Path for Creating High-Performing Teams", The Association for Financial Professionals, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (2019).
  • Cauley, M. R. (Presenter & Author) Institute of Coaching Conference, "Organizational BE: Development of Self and Systems Together", McLean, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. (2018).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • ARNOVA. 2020 - Present
  • Academy of Management. 2020 - Present
  • Board Member, Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching. 2018 - Present


  • Emerging Scholar Award, ARNOVA. (2020).
  • DM Fowler Center Fellow, Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. (2020).
  • DM Nonprofit Management Fellow, Weatherhead School of Management. (2019).