Tom Butkiewicz

Core Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Ph.D. Management

Dr. Tom Butkiewicz's academic, corporate business, and military experience spans over 25 years. He is a core faculty-research member in the PhD in Management program at Walden University College of Management and Human Potential.

Dr. Butkiewicz is the Faculty Excellence Award recipient for the College of Management and Human Potential, Winter 2023.

Dr. Butkiewicz is the Virtual Program of the Year recipient for the Walden University Virtual Fulbright Chapter, October 2022. He is the Outstanding Leadership Award recipient for the Walden University Virtual Fulbright Chapter, September 2022.

Dr. Butkiewicz is the Faculty Excellence Award recipient for the College of Management and Technology, Winter 2021. He also is the Presidential Award recipient for Faculty Excellence chosen by President Dr. Ward Ulmer, Winter 2021.

Dr. Butkiewicz's experience includes the dissertation chair, second committee member, residency and dissertation intensive lead faculty, and lead faculty for doctoral capstone courses. He also presented research methods and designs at residencies and professional breakout sessions at National Faculty Meetings. He serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Applied Management and Technology, Online Learning Consortium, American Management Association, and Walden University Research Grants. Dr. Butkiewicz functioned as a committee member on the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. He is on the leadership board as vice president for the Walden University Virtual Fulbright Chapter. He also serves as a faculty advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success. He is the faculty advisor for the PhD in Management Fellowship program. The American Psychological Association elected Dr. Butkiewicz to the status of associate member. Dr. Butkiewicz is a chair, steering committee co-lead, and presentation leadership mentor for the Online Learning Consortium. The Harvard Business Review selected Dr. Butkiewicz to their advisory council for management and leadership research.

Dr. Butkiewicz’s research interests are management, leadership, organizational behavior, and business strategy for outcomes of positive social change. His initial research comprised examining first-line managers’ leadership practices, emotional intelligence, and workplace spirituality in the manufacturing industry. Dr. Butkiewicz contributed a chapter in two books and conducted leadership book reviews. He also presented at executive manufacturing conferences across the United States.

Dr. Butkiewicz honorably served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and retired as an operations officer (Chief Warrant Officer; CWO-3). His leadership experience illuminates him as an internationally certified leadership speaker, coach, and trainer inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society.

Courses Taught

MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation


BA, Concordia University

MA, University of Redlands

PhD, Northcentral University

Public Service

Multiple Sclerosis Society, Volunteer - Irvine

Awards / Honors

Whitehead Leadership Society, Whitehead Leadership Society, 2007


McCollum, W. R., Butkiewicz, T. E. (2014). Chapter 9: Best Practices and Tools to Help Mentors and Doctoral Learners Navigate the Dissertation Process. How to Use Emotional Intelligence, Cultural, and Spiritual Intelligence to Mentor Doctoral Learners


Butkiewicz, T. E., McCollum, W. R. (2018). Mentoring With Emotional Intelligence for Student Progress, Retention, and Positive Social Change. Walden University