Walsh College

Faculty Details

Susan Gilkey

Susan J. Gilkey Ph.D.

  • Title
  • Clinical Professor
  • Education
  • Phone
  • (248) 840-0110
  • Secondary Phone
  • (248) 823-1635
  • Fax
  • (248) 689-0920
  • Brief Description
  • Susan Gilkey is an associate professor and clinical faculty member at Walsh College in the Department of Management and Communication teaching classes at the master and undergraduate levels including Ethics, Leadership, Strategic Management, Foundations of International Business, and Production & Operations Management. Dr. Gilkey was recently accepted as a Fulbright Specialist scholar and is looking forward to working overseas on a Fulbright project in the area of Cross-Cultural Leadership Behaviors at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat, Morroco.

    Susan shares her various experiences and knowledge gained from her more than 27 years in the automotive industry at General Motors as well as her experiences as an organizational consultant including executive assessments, career transition consulting, and intercultural transformation.

    Susan’s many years in Product Development at General Motors provided opportunities as an Interior Appearance Engineer, Executive Business Manager, Strategic Business Planner, Prototype Studio Manager, and Vehicle Architecture Coordinator that helped her to understand a complex work environment and how management practices impact a global business.  While at GM, Susan instructed on organizational training topics such as change management, benchmarking, process evaluation and improvement, problem resolution, and team building. 

    Over the many years while working and raising a family, Susan pursued and was awarded a B.A. in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University, an MSA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Capella University.  

    On a personal side, at a community level, Susan’s training has included the development and teaching of a children’s divorce recovery program at a community church as well as other community enrichment projects.  

    She resides with her best friend/husband and is a empty nester with two grown children and two grown stepchildren.  Nearby are also seven adorable grandchildren.  If all of that does not fill up every available minute of the week, Susan enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, and golfing.  Having been a working student for many years in the past, Susan has a great understanding of the challenges that working students face.

    Last updated: October 2014