Profile

Michele T. Cole, J.D., Ph.D.
University Professor of Human Resources Management (Management)
Interim Department Head, Management (Management)
cole@rmu.edu
412-397-5285 phone (M)
412-397-2217 fax
Massey Hall 332


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, NP Management, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • J.D., Duquesne, 1982
  • M.P.I.A., Public Administration, Internat'l Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, 1974
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Wheeling Jesuit University , 1968

Professional Background

  • Interim Director, MSHR Program 2013- present
  • Director, MS Nonprofit Management Program, 2003 -2013
  • Interim Department Head, Management, April 2011- August 2012
  • Director, Massey Center for Business Innovation and Development, RMU, 2005-2008
  • Director, Planning & Development, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, 1984-2003
  • Development Consultant, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, 1981-1984
  • Director, Liaison & Information Services, University of Pittsburgh, 1976-1981
  • Asst. Director, Governmental Relations Office, University of Pittsburgh, 1973-1976
  • Staff, Governmental Relations Office, University of Pittsburgh, 1971-1973

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Online Education
  • Legal Issues in the Third Sector
  • Capacity-building in NPOs

Publications

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B., & Adeoye, B. (2014). Using digital technologies to aid e-learning: A pilot study. In B. Adeoye & L. Tomei (Eds.) Effects of Information Capitalism and Globalization on Teaching and Learning. Hershey: PA: IGI Global, 22-35.

  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D.J. (2014). Enhancing business education with technology: Are students using social media to aid learning? In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.) Encyclopedia of IS & T, Third Edition, 729-738.


  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D.J. (2014). Students’ use of technology in learning course material: Is it cheating? International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 10(1), 35-48.

     

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B., & Adeoye, B.F. (2014). Does student and instructor use of social media facilitate online learning: A look at two universities. In R. Neves-Silva, G. Tshirintzis, V. Uskov, R. Howlett, & J. Lain (Eds.), Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications: Vol. 262. Smart Digital Futures 2014 (pp. 553-564).
  • Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2014). University students and e-learning: Are they really satisfied? Proceedings of the 25th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2014), 2179-2188.

     

  • Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Understanding academic integrity in the online learning environment: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students. Proceedings of the 20th Annual American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 738-746.

  • Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B., & Shelley, D. J. (2013). Enhancing online learning with technology: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students on their use of social media in course work.  Proceedings of the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, 3745-3809
  • Swartz, L. B., & Cole, M. T. (2013). Students' perception of academic integrity in online business education courses. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership (JBEL), 4(1), 102-112
  • Cole, M.T., & Garner, B.J. (2013). Capacity-building in the third sector using blended learning as a gateway to practitioner education. In J.B. Laewen (Ed.) Capacity Development: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Chapter 7, 135-148.

  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Academic integrity and student satisfaction in an online environment. In H. Yang & S. Wang (Eds.) Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications. Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, Chapter 1, 1-19.

     

  • Cole, M. T., & Garner, B. J. (2011). Capacity - building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? In X. Luo, Y. Cao, B. Yang, J. Liu & F. Ye (Eds.) New Horizons in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2010 Workshops, ICWL 2010 Workshops: STEG, CICW, WGLBWS, and IWKDEWL, Shanghai, China, December 7-11, 2010 Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6537/2011, 276-290.

     

  • Cole, M.T. (2011). Transformational leadership-is this the way to the top? In M. Paludi & B. Coates (Eds.) Women as Transformational Leaders: From Grassroots to Global Interests. Santa Barbara, CA.: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 239-244.
  • Cole, M.T. & Swartz, L.B. (2011) Legal definitions, legal accountability and the roles and responsibilities of board leaders. In K.A. Agard (Ed.) Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations: A Reference Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, 3-11.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T., & Lovejoy, D.L. (2011). Ensuring users rights to privacy, confidence and reputation in the online learning environment: What should instructors do to protect their students? privacy? In I.M. Portela & M.M. Cruz-Cunha (Eds.) Information Communication Technology Law, Protection and Access Rights: Global Approaches and Issues. Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, 346-362.
  • Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Can e-learning provide tools for capacity-building to improve performance in the nonprofit sector? Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 165-172.
  • Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J. & Swartz, L.B. (2011). Satisfaction with online education and issues of academic integrity: Viewed from the student?s perspective. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 204-212.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D.J. (2010). Instructor satisfaction with teaching business law online versus onland. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 6(1), 1-16.
  • Cole, M. T. (2010). In L.A. Tomei (Ed.). Lexicon of online and distance education. (Distinguished Contributing Author, p. 245). New York: Rowan & Litchfileld.
  • Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D.J. (2010). Learning business law online vs. onland: Student satisfaction and performance. In L.A. Tomei (Ed.). ICTs for Modern Educational and Instructional Advancement: New Approaches to Teaching. Hershey PA: IGI Global, Chapter 8, 82-95.
  • Cole, M.T. & Garner, B. J. (2010). Capacity-building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? Proceedings of New Horizons in Web-based Learning: Satellite Workshops of ICWL 2010, 279-288.
  • Rohall, T. G. & Cole, M.T. (2010). Building green: Making it happen through intention, values, knowledge, cost, behavior, and attitude. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Enterprises of the Future, Moon Township, PA. 12-15 September, 2010.
  • Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2010).Students? perceptions of academic integrity in the online learning environment. Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2165-2175.
  • Schimmel, K., Motley, D. & Cole, M. (2010). Helping donors choose your organization: Using image theory to change people?s minds. Nonprofit World 28(2), 6-7.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2009) Comparative analyses of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: How effective is e-pedagogy? In L.A. Tomei (Ed.) Information Communication Technologies for Enhanced Education and Learning: Advanced Applications and Developments, New York: IGI Global, Chapter VI, 76-93.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). Learning business law online vs. onland: A Mixed method analysis. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 4(2), 54-66.
  • Watt Geer, B., Maher, J.K., & Cole, M. T. (2008). Managing nonprofit organizations: The importance of transformational leadership and commitment to operating standards for nonprofit accountability. Public Performance & Management Review,32(1), 47-71.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Comparative analyses of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: How effective is e-pedagogy? In Craig Van Slyke (Ed.) Information Communication Technologies for Enhanced Education and Learning: Advanced Applications and Developments. Advances in Information and Communication Technology Education Series, Vol. 3, Chapter 7.9, 3391-3404. IGI Global, ISBN 978-1-60566-150-6. Reprint.
  • Swartz, LB., Cole, M.T. & Shelley, D. J. (2008). Measuring effectiveness in online instruction. Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning, 2nd Edition. Idea Group Inc., 1399-1403.
  • Cole, M.T., Dolch, N., Guiler, J., Wise, H. Kampsen, B., & Kilgore, K. (2008). Comparing attitudes on victim compensation and disaster relief: Are there regional differences? 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference Proceeding, 811-827.
  • Hanley Gold, S. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Enrolling students with disabilities: Content analysis of pennsylvania higher education websites. 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference Proceeding, 853-868.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). E-Learning and e-pedagogy: How do we know it works? Proceedings of the Sixth IASTED Conference on Web-based Education, ACTA Press, 315-320.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). Online vs. in-class teaching: Comparing and analyzing effectiveness. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology and Teaching Education.
  • Rohall, T.G. & Cole, M.T. Building green: Making it happen through intention, values, knowledge, cost, behavior, and attitude. ARNOVA 37 Conference Proceedings. November 20-22, 2008.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2007) A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 3(1), 10-21.
  • Gooden-Ledbetter, M. J., Cole, M.T., Maher, J. K., & Condeluci, A. (2007) Self-efficacy and interdependence as predictors of life satisfaction for people with disabilities: Implications for independent living programs. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 27(3), 153-161.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2007). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law classes: 2004-2007. IADIS International Journal of WWW/Internet (ISSN: 1645-7641, 5(1).
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. Proceedings of the Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, ACTA Press, 32-37.
  • Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference, WWW/Internet 2006, Vol. I, IASDIS Press, 3-9.
  • Watt-Geer, B., Maher J.K., & Cole, M.T. (2005). The roles of commitment to operating standards and transformational leadership in describing nonprofit accountability. Proceedings of the 2005 ARNOVA Conference, http://www.arnova.org/cgi-bin/article_search.pl?goto=form

Presentations

  • 2014 - Shelley, D.J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2014). University students and e-learning: Are they really satisfied? 25th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2014), Jacksonville, Fla., March 17-21, 2014.
  • 2013 - Shelley, D. J., Cole, M.T., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Online learning, social media and sustainability at the university level. 5th Annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future: Social profit. Pittsburgh, PA, September 26-27, 2013.
  • 2013 - Cole, M.T., Shelley, D. J., & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Student satisfaction with online learning: One university?s experience. 5th Annual Sustainable Enterprises of the Future: Social profit. Pittsburgh, PA, September 26-27, 2013.
  • 2013 - Cole, M. T., Swartz, L.B. & Shelley, D. J. (2013). Enhancing online learning with technology: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students on their use of social media in course work. 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6-9, 2013
  • 2013 - Cole, M.T. & Swartz, L.B. (2013). Understanding academic integrity in the online learning environment: A survey of graduate and undergraduate business students. 20th Annual American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21-24, 2013.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T. & Garner B.J. (2011). Developing a model for blended learning to meet the education and training needs of the nonprofit sector. 40th ARNOVA Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 17-19, 2011.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Capacity-building in the third sector using blended learning as a gateway to practitioner education. Benchmark 3.5 Conference, Presentation (Modified World Cafe). San Diego, CA.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Garner B.J. & Coldwell, J. (2011). Can e-learning provide tools for capacity-building to improve performance in the nonprofit sector? IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • 2011 - Cole, M.T., Shelley, D.J. & Swartz, L.B. (2011). Satisfaction with online education and issues of academic integrity: Viewed from the student?s perspective. IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2011) July 11-13, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • 2010 - Cole, M.T. & Garner, B. J. (2010). Capacity-building in nonprofit organizations: Is there a blended learning paradigm for the sector? New Horizons in Web-based Learning: Satellite Workshops of ICWL 2010, Shanghai, China, 279-288.
  • 2010 - Swartz, L.B., Cole, M.T. & Lovejoy, D.L. (2010). The right to privacy in the e-learning environment: What do users expect? 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January, 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 2008 - Cole, M.T., Dolch, N., Guiler, J., Wise, H. Kampsen, B., & Kilgore, K. (2008). Comparing attitudes on victim compensation and disaster relief: Are there regional differences? 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference,Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina.
  • 2008 - Hanley Gold, S. & Cole, M.T. (2008) Enrolling students with disabilities: Content analysis of pennsylvania higher education websites. 2008 Southeastern InfORMS Conference, Myrtle Beach,S. Carolina.
  • 2008 - Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2008). E-Learning and e-pedagogy: How do we know it works? Proceedings of the Sixth IASTED Conference on Web-based Education,Innsbruck, Austria.
  • 2006 - Shelley, D.J., Swartz, L.B. & Cole, M.T. (2006). A comparative analysis of online and traditional undergraduate business law courses.Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, Lima, Peru.