Theresa Rich

Theresa Rich


Part-Time Faculty in Management





As my course(s) are presented in online format only, I do not have an office on campus or posted office hourse. But you should know that I truly love the opportunity to connect with students 1-on-1. If you would like to meet with me about a course, your career, or any other topic of your choosing, please reach out at and we can set up some time in person or over zoom.


Academic Programs

  • Management

Theresa Rich


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Certificate of Completion: Senior Executives in State & Local Government - Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education

Certificate of Completion: Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action - Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education 

PhD - Capella University - Organization & Management

Master of Legal Letters (LL.M.) in Taxation - Wayne State University Law School 

Juris Doctor (J.D.) - Wayne State University Law School

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Grand Valley State University

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Accounting - Grand Valley State University

Associate of Business Administration (A.B.A.) - Lake Michigan College


After a 30+ year career at General Motors, I retired to start a law firm and teach part-time at MISB. During my 32 years at GM, I worked as an attorney in the tax department, in Organization & Development, as the leader of GM Learning, in Human Resources providing services to over 10,000 engineering professionals, in strategy, and as an executive coach. My specialty was helping global executives transition to new roles. During my time there, I was sent to over a dozen different countries on five continents. I led the global employee engagement operations, developed a training curriculum for the global HR staff, and started a day-long new employee orientation program. As an internal consultant, I became the confidant and leader of change management for a number of senior executives, mostly in the engineering function.

Research and teaching interests

My dissertation is on Followership and my teaching interests are in management, human resources, organizational development, and change management.

Courses taught by Theresa Rich

Winter Term 2024

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Spring-Summer Term 2022

Winter Term 2022