Teresa Rothausen, PhD

Teresa Rothausen

PhD, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota
BA, Economics, St. Olaf College

Executive Director, Center for Leadership Formation
Professor, Management

Phone: 206-296-5413

Building/Room: Pigott 326

Teaching Areas

  • Leadership

Personal Bio

Teresa Rothausen, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation (CLF) at Seattle University, where she is also Professor of Management in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Before coming to CLF, she held the Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Principled Leadership at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota (UST) where she also served as Founding Director of the UST MBA program and Lead Faculty in Executive Education programs. In these roles, she led teams of faculty and staff though building award-winning programs including a full-time MBA with placement of initial graduates at companies including General Mills, Accenture, and United Health Care, and which won AACSB recognition for excellence in quality of curriculum, program management, faculty, and student skills development. Prior to UST, she held positions in academe and industry.

Dr. Rothausen works with leaders from all walks of life and organizations including 3M, Ameriprise, Thomson Reuters, UnitedHealth Group, and USBank using her Wiser Leadership© approach, recognized as a ground-breaking innovation in leadership development. Her research is published in top academic journals including Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and others. Her 2019 article on well-being at work was recognized by the editorial board of Journal of Business and Psychology as a top 12 contribution from over 800 articles submitted that year, and earlier articles were nominated for international awards. Dr. Rothausen holds a PhD in human resources and industrial relations with specialties in staffing, training, and development and organizational behavior/theory from the University of Minnesota, a BA with honors in economics from St. Olaf College, and a CPA. She holds a graduate certificate in spiritual direction from St. Catherine University, and did post-doctoral study on the moral and spiritual development of leaders at Harvard Divinity School.