OPEN Fellow – Barb Altman


DBA in Organizational Behavior and Management Policy MPA in Public Affairs BA in Psychology

Interests & Passions

Leadership skills for multi-sector partnerships, Ethical Leadership, Change Management, Community Engagement, Quality Online Teaching Methods


Dr. Barb Altman has over 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the areas of corporate social responsibility, change management and leadership. Her particular interest is in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, cross-sector partnerships, and the leadership skills needed to be successful in such challenging initiatives. Dr. Altman has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University – Central Texas since 2010. For most of that time she also served in joint administrative roles, as Online Coordinator, Director of Quality Assurance and Associate Dean. She returned to full-time faculty in January 2020 to devote more time to research. Dr. Altman is skilled in applied qualitative research and enjoys writing case studies that can also be used in class settings. She is an nationally recognized expert in online teaching, and serves as a Research Colleague with Quality Matters, a benchmarking platform for online learning. She is also on the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Board, a national panel of online experts. Prior to her position at A&M – Central Texas, Dr. Altman was on the faculty of the College of Business at the University of North Texas. Her Doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Management Policy is from the Boston University School of Management, with a Master’s in Public Affairs and Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. In between her Master’s and Doctoral work, she had a very successful career in local and regional city management. Dr. Altman earned Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa distinctions in her academic work. Dr. Altman lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Arthur and favorite Goldendoodle dog, Goldie; they enjoy hiking and visiting national parks on vacation. She has two wonderful grown children, Blair and Gabe. Blair is a Public Health research associate at a consulting firm in Washington, DC. Gabe is pursuing his MBA at Emory University in Atlanta, GA with an interest in strategy consulting. Dr. Altman participates in multiple community non-profit volunteer work in the Austin area.

Why am I an OPEN fellow?

I am committed to training our future organizational leaders on the importance of sustainability and how it integrates into all aspects of organizational life. OPEN is an avenue to share resources, innovative teaching strategies and research with like-minded colleagues who share this goal.

How can I help change agents?

I can help change agents by training them to know how to overcome the barriers that often come with change initiatives. I can coach them on the vision, resilience and fortitude needed to embark on and sustain change efforts.

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