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Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1998
Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Brian Griffith has spent his academic career studying how people learn and grow. His research has determined that optimal human development comes through self-awareness, deliberate practice and hard work. His students are exposed to this philosophy through various courses such as applied human development, small group behavior, and personality assessment. They not only learn the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate their own development, they are also trained to be counselors and coaches and catalysts of change for others.
Professor Griffith has co-authored two books: “Effective Groups: Concepts and Skills to Meet Leadership Challenges” and “Working in Teams: Moving from High Potential to High Performance.” Both are college textbooks that help students understand team dynamics so they can work more effectively with others. Informed by research, they are practical and action-oriented and give students the tools they need to be conscientious team members and effective team leaders in a variety of settings.
Griffith has earned a number of teaching awards at Vanderbilt and regularly conducts workshops on topics such as leadership, teams, and emotional intelligence. He has also developed a series of 360 degree assessments that facilitate leadership development and optimal team performance. Used in universities and corporations around the world, participants get feedback from colleagues and coworkers about how their personal character, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and leadership skills are perceived. That information is then used to define goals and create action plans that support personal growth and development.