About Gary Metcalf, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Human Science, 2000
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center (now Saybrook University); San Francisco, CA
Concentration in Organizational Systems (systems science & organizational development)

Master of Science in Social Work, 1985
University of Texas at Arlington; Arlington, TX
Concentration in Family Systems Therapy

Bachelor of Science in Education, 1981
North Texas State University (now University of North Texas); Denton, TX
Concentration in Guidance Systems (focused on group dynamics)


Saybrook University, Faculty, Department of Leadership and Management, Professor of courses in systems theories and applications, management and organizations, and research methodologies. (February 2003 to Present)

Sichuan University (Chengdu, China), Guest Professor, School of Business (October 2015 to 2017)

Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), Visiting Faculty, Master’s Degree Program in Creative Sustainability (November 2011 to 2015)

Sullivan University, Distinguished Lecturer, Graduate faculty, PhD in Management and MBA programs. (March 2011 to Present)

Federal Executive Institute – Office of Personnel Management, US Government, Adjunct Faculty, Leadership instructor for senior executives in US Federal agencies (October 2004 to October 2009)

Kaplan University, School of Human Services, Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate instructor in Social Policy, and Human Services Delivery (September 2009 to June 2010)

Bhavan-Marshall MBA Program (Bangalore, India), Adjunct Faculty,
Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management courses (October 2005 to 2008 )

Ohio University, Center for Innovation and Leadership Development, Adjunct Faculty & Consultant, Instructor of leadership programs for local businesses, including the region’s largest medical center. (March 2004 to October 2005)

Capella University, School of Human Services, Division of Administration and Management, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate instructor and course designer. Dissertation chair and committee member. (October 2002 to January 2005)

Marshall University, Adjunct Faculty for Executive Business Training Program, Center for International Programs, Developed and taught a 16-week course which provided an overview of western-focused business approaches (with an emphasis on strategic management practices) for Chinese executives from SINOPEC. (September 2001 to December 2001)

United States Open University, Associate Director/Faculty, Business Programs, Re-designed European programs for US students; supervised faculty; delivered business management courses. (January 2001 to July 2002)


Ashland Inc., Manager, Employee Assistance & Health Promotion Programs, Ashland, KY (February 1989 to September 1998)

  • EAP: Designed and implemented programs covering over 30,000 employee families. Consultant to senior management regarding organizational change, leadership and employee performance issues.
  • Health Promotion: Led inter-divisional team for corporate-wide health programs.
  • Substance Abuse Testing: Implemented Federally-required alcohol testing corporate-wide. Directed program that conducted more than 18,000 drug and alcohol tests per year.
  • Team Facilitation: Certified facilitator for process improvement teams.

Tandy Corporation, Manager, Employee Assistance Programs,
Fort Worth, TX (February 1987 to February 1989)
Designed and implemented programs targeted to 7000 headquarters and computer manufacturing employees, plus support services to an additional 7000 store locations (over 30,000 employees in total) as part of the Human Resources function.

SPRUCE / The Bridge Association, Program director and family therapist, Fort Worth, TX (October 1981 to February 1987)


Editorial Boards: Translational Systems Sciences (Springer, Tokyo); IFSR International Series in Systems Science and Systems Engineering (Springer, New York)

International Federation for Systems Research,President (2010-2016)

International Federation for Systems Research,Vice President (2002-2010; 2016-2018)

International Society for the Systems Sciences,Past President, (2007-2008); now Trustee

International Society for the System Sciences, Vice President, Membership and Conferences (2004-2006)

50th Annual Conference of the International Society for the System Sciences (ISSS), Program Chair, Sonoma, CA, July 2006

49th Annual Conference of the International Society for the System Sciences (ISSS), Program Co-Chair, Cancun, Mexico, July 2005

The First World Congress of the International Federation for Systems Research, Symposium Chair, Kobe, Japan, November 2005

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