Annie Morgan

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
School of Counseling
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Known for her strengths-based, positive methods, Ann M. Morgan, PhD, is board board-certified coach and appreciative inquiry expert with more than 20 years of experience in higher education faculty development and quality management. As a teacher, leadership coach, and consultant, Ann leverages positive education frameworks and theory to co-create inspiring learning environments and quality measures. Since 2004, her work and expertise have been in online learning models emphasizing compassion and wellbeing of faculty and adult learners. With the partnership of some amazing teams, she has developed customized training and quality management systems for universities that engage faculty and academic leaders in ongoing quality appreciation founded in appreciative inquiry. Ann’s approach to working with faculty and leadership is based on true partnership and the opportunity to leverage faculty, experience, insights, and desires for the organization to meaningfully contribute to an institution’s strategy, vision, and operational plans.

Ann’s inclusive methods have engaged campus-based and remote online colleagues in defining and creating quality frameworks in institutions of 300 to 3000 faculty. She has led university strategic vision workshops with over 600 participants that have resulted in increased engagement and shifts in culture that reflect the values and positive core of organizations. Partners and participants have expressed gratitude for her creativity, energy, deep listening, respect for the mission and core values of institutions and individuals, and care for the wellbeing of all people. Colleagues and clients have noted that her consultations and collaborative work effect true departmental transformation through her unique application of appreciative inquiry and inclusive assessment.
Ann teaches as a professor of human behavior, emotional intelligence, and lifespan development. She also researches, publishes, and presents on mentoring, positive leadership, inclusive engagement, assessment, and applied appreciative inquiry work. She lives with her family in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Courses Taught

COUN 6215 - Lifespan Development

HUMN 1030 - Human Services Professional Practitioner

HUMN 3017 - ProActive Intervention Strategies

HUMN 4303 - Trends & Issues for School-Age Children and Families

HUMN 4304 - Trends & Issues in Adolescence


BA, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

MA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

PhD, Capella University


Morgan, A., Jobe, R. L., Konopa, J. K., Downs, L. D. (2022). Quality Assurance, Meet Quality Appreciation: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Define Faculty Quality Standards. Higher Learning Research Communications

Morgan, A. M. Making the Space: Digital Appreciative Inquiry for Inclusion.

Schulz, W. C., Morgan, A. (2022). Developing a Learning Model for Caring, Inclusion & Social Change in an Online Environment.

Morgan, A. (2021). Book Review: Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right. Journal of Social Change

Lynn, L. A., Stadtlander, L., Inman, D., Burkholder, G., Morgan, A. (2023). Transforming doctoral mentoring expectations and culture: An action model approach. New Dir Teach Learn