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Heather Annulis

Dr. Heather Annulis



Dr. Heather Annulis serves as Director of the School of Leadership and Professor of Human Capital Development. She holds a doctorate from USM in International Development with a concentration in Workforce Training and Development and a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Heather has been instrumental in generating over $12 million in funding for USM. Heather’s work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and AccelerateMS. Heather's research interests include creating change readiness and implementing successful change in organizations. Awards recognizing her professional efforts include the American Society for Training and Development Award of Meritorious Service; Distinguished Professor of e-Learning; Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40; Gulf Coast Woman of the Year, Lighthouse Group; and the Women in Higher Education Mississippi Network Leadership Award.

  • Workforce Training and Development (PHD) - University of Southern Mississippi (2004)
  • Organizational Communication (MS) - University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1999)
  • BA - University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1993)

HCD 660 (Foundations of Human Capital Development)
HCD 665 (Project Management for Human Capital Development)
HCD 675 (Research in Human Capital Development)
HCD 691 (Mastery Project)
HCD 715 (Change Leadership)

  • Healthy Sips: Strategic Talent Development, Anderson, D. L. (Ed.). (2017). Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change, 2017
  • Case Study: Foster Collaboration, Connection, and Community, Learning for the long run: 7 practices for sustaining a resilient learning organization, 2016
  • Deconstructing work engagement: A relational review of exchange ideology in coworker social support, Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference, 2015
  • Measuring ROI in work engagement: A blended work solution, T. Elkeles, P. P. Phillips, & J. J. Phillips, Measuring the Success of Learning Through Technology, 2014
  • Employability skills in practice: The case of manufacturing education in Mississippi, International Journal of Training and Development, 2013
  • Change Leaders’ Reflections of Hurricane Katrina: A Qualitative Review, Change Management: An International Journal, 2013
  • Best practices for developing change leadership in turbulent times, 2013
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  • Academy of Human Resource Development
  • International Society for Performance Improvement
  • Society of Human Resource Management

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Areas of Expertise

Change Leadership, Organizational Change Readiness, Competency Model Development, Return on Investment of Performance Improvement Programs