Michael Hackman

Dr. Michael Z. Hackman is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Dr. Hackman teaches courses in communication and leadership studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses that were supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) that allowed for the development of an online curriculum in organizational communication and leadership delivered to students and working professionals in the U.S. and Europe. In 1995, he was awarded the university-wide Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Hackman’s research focuses on a wide range of issues, including: the impact of gender and culture on communication and leadership behavior, leadership succession, organizational trust, instructional communication in mediated contexts, and creativity. His work has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Distance Education, The Journal of Leadership Studies, Leadership, The Leadership Review, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the Southern Speech Communication Journal. He is also the co-author (with Craig Johnson) of two books, Leadership: A Communication Perspective and Creative Communication: Principles and Applications. His latest book, Building the High Trust Organization (with Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Sherwyn Morreale) will be published by Jossey-Bass in 2010.

Since 1991, Dr. Hackman has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand on four separate occasions, the most recent in 2002. He also served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Siena (Italy) and the University of Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Hackman has extensive experience as a consultant. He has developed and delivered training, guided organizational development initiatives, and provided executive coaching services for more than 200 public and private sector organizations throughout the United States and in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. His clients have included Agilent Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ernst & Young, Fiat, Georgia-Pacific, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, NASA, Medtronic, Philips, Telecom New Zealand, the United States Air Force, the United States Golf Association, URL Pharma, and Wells Fargo. 

Robert Sackett

Professor Robert Sackett earned his doctorate from Washington University, St. Louis, following a year of research at the University of Munich. He has published a book, Popular Entertainment, Class and Politics in Munich, 1900-1923, with Harvard University Press. His articles have also appeared in a number of leading scholarly journals, including Theory and Society, Oxford German Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and German History. Most recently he has researched West German commentary on US Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s.

At UCCS he has been a member of the Department of History since 1982 and is now Professor and Chair of the Department. He is also past Director of the Humanities Program. He has taught numerous History and Humanities courses, many of them touching on his special fields of interest—modern German history, the Holocaust and cultural history.

Being attached to the new Honors Program is, as he views it, a high honor.

He is married and he and his wife Veronica have seven children. His passions include both the German and Spanish languages, although he is further along in the former than the latter.