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Tera McIntosh, PhD

Antioch University Online

Dr. McIntosh’s doctoral work focuses on building a better community in which to live, work, and play. Tera McIntosh splits her time between the two cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. When she is in Pittsburgh, she is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective – the city’s only spoken word organization for youth and adults. She is also co-founder of Project Coffeehouse, a nonprofit that launches coffee shops in emerging areas whose revenue is redirected back into the immediate community, and she works in various other communities conducting community/organizational development. During the other half of the week she is Affiliate Faculty at Antioch University in the Online Leadership and Management Department, a co-founder of Gay For Good, a volunteer/service based National nonprofit, and a Program Officer for the Ohio Hispanic Coalition.

Tera is also a nationally ranked slam poet representing the City of Pittsburgh in 2012 in Charlotte, NC, 2013 in Boston, MA, 2015 in Oakland, CA, and 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. Her works can be found in the Steer Queer Zine, as well as the Penhead Press Literary Journal. She sits on the Board of Directors for Angry Cincinnati, OH, and was recently named “Top 5 LGBT Professionals making a better Community” by Quorum Magazine.

Educational History

  • PhD, Antioch University, Leadership and Change
  • MS, Carlow University, Nonprofit Management
  • BS, Slippery Rock University, Recreation Therapy

Grassroots and transformational leadership, management, triple bottom line, restorative practices, peacebuilding, relationship building, civic engagement and responsibility, organizational behavior, toxicity in the workplace, nonprofit organizations, authenticity and ethics, foundations of leadership, third places, study circles, social capital, experiential learning, virtual learning and education, organizational development, strategic management, conflict resolution, communication, positive deviance, restorative communities, macro/micro approaches, LGBTQ+ quality of life, broken windows theory, organizational development, asset based community development, social justice, violence trends and reduction strategies, complex community initiatives, nontraditional learning.

Antioch University Teaching Positions

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Management
  • Masters of Science in Human Resource Administration

More University Positions

  • Atlantic University, MS in Mindful Leadership
  • University of Idaho, BS in Leadership and Nonprofit Studies
  • Robert Morris University, Department of Organizational Leadership
Tera McIntosh

Affiliate Faculty,

Undergraduate Studies


Women in Leadership Certificate


Courses Taught

  • Organizational Change
  • Leadership, Power, and Influence
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity
  • Leading Virtual Teams
  • Teams and Collaboration
  • Peacebuilding
  • Working with Conflict
  • Change, Conflict, Leadership
  • Leading People, Teams, and Organizations
  • Influencing Others
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Ethical Issues in Management
  • Business Communications
  • Grant Writing and Resource Development
  • Human Services and Organizations
  • Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Budgeting for Small Organizations
  • Center of Lifelong Learning and Development at Slippery Rock University along with guest teaching roles at Carnegie Mellon’s Osher School of Learning, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Gangs, Drugs and Violence Program.

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