Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker

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Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker

Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Department: Human and Organizational Learning, Cross-Disciplinary


Office Phone: (571) 553-3787

Julia Storberg-Walker is Chair of the Human and Organizational Learning Department, Program Director of the Organizational Leadership and Learning Program, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Learning in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

After serving in various leadership capacities at Deloitte & Touche and Deloitte Consulting (1985-1999), she shifted to the non-profit sector and received her PhD in Work, Community, and Family Education from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She has been recognized for her critically-informed teaching, research, and activism/service as the recipient of multiple awards including the R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development (2019), the Laura Bierema Critical HRD Award (also from the Academy of Human Resource Development) in 2017; and the Outstanding Research Award from the International Leadership Association (2015).

Julia was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension by North Carolina State University—during her tenure there, she was the recipient of over $1.2 million dollars in grants, and submitted almost $7 million dollars in grant proposals. She is a former Vice President and Board member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, former Editor-in-Chief of JCI and SCOPUS-ranked Human Resource Development Review, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of the Academy of Management.

Currently, Julia’s activist/scholar work is generative and aims to develop equitable and compassionate frameworks, models, and processes for the purpose of catalyzing whole planet interdependence and flourishing. This work is transdisciplinary and grounded in contemporary philosophical perspectives including posthumanism, new materialism, quantum field theory, and wisdom traditions spanning diverse cultures and historical moments.

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

M.A., University of California

B.A., University of California

Dillard, N., Johnston, L.J., & Storberg-Walker, J. (Accepted, in preparation 2021). Transforming doctoral education through relational ontologies: Generating new connection and dis-connections for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). In E.S. Hauman, N.D. Martin, n. madyun, and P. Mataira (Eds) Reflections on graduate education: Equity, diversity, and justice in the neoliberal university.

Dillard, N. & Storberg-Walker, J. (Accepted, in preparation 2021). Co-conspirators: The journey of two educators to engage DEI within leadership education. In J. Marques & S. Dhiman (Eds.) Diversity, equity, and inclusion as a leadership strategy.

Storberg-Walker, J. (Accepted, in revision 2021). A window of our own: Towards a quantum research paradigm in Management, Religion, and Spirituality. Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion.

Storberg-Walker, J. & Yu, D. (Accepted, in press 2021). The quantum shift: Teaching sustainability leadership critically and mindfully. In E. Ivanova & I. Rimanoczy, Eds., How do you shift a mindset? Tools and transformative stories from students around the world. Palgrave McMillan Publishers.

Thompson, R.J. & Storberg-Walker, J. (Eds). (2018). Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context and Sustainability.. Building Leadership Bridges Book Series. International Leadership Association and Emerald Publishers, Inc. (2019 Recipient of the R. Wayne Pace Award, see ‘Awards’ section above).

Storberg-Walker, J. & Haber-Curran, P. (Eds.) (2017). Theorizing Women & Leadership: New Insights & Contributions from Multiple Perspectives. Volume 5, Women and Leadership Book Series. International Leadership Association and Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Storberg-Walker, J. (2008). Wenger's communities of practice revisited: A (failed?) exercise in applied communities of practice theory-building research. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10 (4), 555-577. doi:10.1177/1523422308319541  

Storberg-Walker, J., & Gubbins, C. (2007). Social networks as a conceptual and empirical tool to understand and “Do” HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9 (3), 291-310. doi:10.1177/1523422306304071

Storberg-Walker, J. (2007). Borrowing from others: Appropriating social capital theories for “Doing” HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9 (3), 312-340. doi:10.1177/1523422306304097

Storberg-Walker, J. (2006). From imagination to application: Making the case for the general method of theory-building research in applied disciplines. Human Resource Development International, 9 (2), 227-259. doi:10.1080/13678860600616420

Storberg, J. (2002). The evolution of capital theory: A critique of a theory of social capital and implications for HRD. Human Resource Development Review, 1 (4), 468-499. doi:10.1177/1534484302238437

Storberg-Walker, J., Tekle, H., List, C., & Yu, D. (conference presentation accepted, 2021). The consciousness of relational paradigms: An exploratory collaborative autoethnography. Mahareshi International University Leadership Conference, April 2021.

Hutchins, H., Bierema, L., Byrd, M., Scott, C., Ruona, W., Gedro, J., Callahan, J., Elliott, C., & Storberg-Walker, J. (2021, February). Decentering whiteness, confronting complicity, and taking action to disrupt systemic racism. Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas. (Virtual conference).Storberg-Walker, J. (2020, August).

Re-visioning management: Quantum perspectives. Academy of Management Annual Research Conference. Academy of Management, Management, Spirituality, and Religion Interest Group Showcase Symposium; Streaming Session Online.

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  • February 2024 - Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker published a book chapter titled, "Creativity in theorizing for women and leadership: a multi-paradigm perspective," in the Handbook of Research on Gender and Leadership, 2nd Edition.
  • September 2023 - Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker and GSEHD doctoral candidate Ina Gjikondi (Human and Organizational Learning) co-hosted a panel discussion with author Susan Bauer-Wu, inspired by her book, A Future We Can Love: How We Can Reverse the Climate Crisis with the Power of Our Hearts and Minds (Shambhala Press). Ms. Bauer-Wu will join members of the GW community to explore the role of higher education in addressing the climate crisis.