Marsha Tongel, Ph.D.

Senior Core Part-Time Professor, School of Business

Marsha Tongel Photo

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Organizational Development/Behavior
  • Criminal Justice
  • Leadership


  • Ph.D. Organizational Development/Behavior, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH
  • M.S. Criminal Justice/Corrections, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • B.A. Psychology and Sociology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


  • What is the Experience of Being a Woman Business Owner in Southwestern Pennsylvania?

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Women and organizations
  • women and leadership
  • women in business
  • virtual organizations

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • ISO 9000 Implementation Certified

Select Publications:

  • Tongel, M. & Sanders, R. (2021, January).  We are not in Kansas anymore! Leading in the ‘new normal’(Audio podcast).CAVO.
  • Tongel, M. (2020). To be or not to be virtual! Northcentral University Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations.  
  • Tongel, M. (2020). When you have to manage from afar.  Northcentral University Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations.
  • Tongel, M. (2018) Child as teacher and leader, Inspired Parenting Magazine, Nov.
  • Tongel, M. (2017). Sacred leadership. Changing Times, Northcentral University’s Business Newsletter, (Fall). pp 6-7
  • Tongel, M.A. (2016). The socio-cultural aspects of the female entrepreneurship model, Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship. 
  • Tongel, M. (2015) Cultivating Elder Wisdom as a Part of Parenting, Inspired Parenting Magazine.
  • Tongel, M.A. (Dec. 2012). The feminine paradigm of entrepreneurship in the informal economy.  In M. T Thanh Thai, E. Turkina (Eds.),  Entrepreneurship in the informal economy: Models, approaches and prospects for economic development, NY: Routledge
  • Tongel, M. & Petrescu, C. (2006). Views from the outside: How the nonprofit community characterizes high performance organizations, Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No 18E.
  • Tongel, M. (2001) Reaching back to move forward: Rediscovering harmony & balance in organizations, OD Practitioner. 
  • Tongel, M. & Clevenger, K. (1997). What women want, The Futurist, May-June.

Select Professional Experience:


  • Northcentral University, Graduate School of Business, Scottsdale, AZ, 2013- Present; Senior Core Part-Time Faculty, Dissertation Chair; Subject Matter Expert; Methodological Committee Member
    • Teach Applied Doctoral Studies in Business; DBA Portfolio/Prospectus; PhD Pre-Candidacy Portfolio/Prospectus; Components of the Dissertation; Dissertation Proposal;  IRB & Data Collection; Dissertation Manuscripts & Defense; Supervising in the 21st Century; Cultural Issues; Ethics in Business; Introduction to Business Research Design & Methodology Development; Introduction to Criminal Justice; Public Policy in Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice and Ethics: Strategic Planning and Implementation in Criminal Justice
    • Curriculum Development/Revision of Human Resource Management 7003 Labor Relations; Homeland Security Local Emergency Management; Introduction to Sociology; Social Justice courses
  • Point Park University, School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005-Present; • Adjunct Associate Professor
    • Teach online and hybrid graduate classes in:  Organizational Behavior; Research Design & The Social Lab; Research Design in Organizational Leadership; Professional and Research Writing; Interpersonal Communication Skills for Leaders
    • Teach online and hybrid classes undergraduate classes in: Understanding Gender & Power: Gender Dynamics in Leadership; Business Planning and Grant writing; and Oral Communication and Presentation.  
  • Tongel Consulting Group, Inc. (DBA Metanoia Consulting-TCG, Inc.), Pittsburgh, PA, President & Principal Consultant; 
  • 1990 - Present
  • Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Adjunct Faculty, Workforce Training & Professional Development
      • Contract/Consulting Work - Certified Zenger Miller & DDI Facilitator in leadership, management and supervisory training. 
  • Penn State University, New Kensington, PA
    • Faculty Continuing Education, Systems Theory
  • City of Pittsburgh, Personnel & Civil Service Commission, Pittsburgh, PA, Program Administrator 
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pittsburgh, PA, Human Relations Representative
  • Parker/Hunter, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA,   Investment Executive
  • Alle Kiski Area H.O.P.E. Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Founding Executive Director
  • United States Naval Reserves, Direct Commissioned Officer


  • Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Selector, Fellows Program in Public Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Education, Peer Reviewer
  • Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), Peer Reviewer
  • SMC/Pennsylvania Small Business Councils, former Board Member, Vice Chair of Benefits Committee; member of the Human Resources Committee; member of Women’s Business Initiative
  • Executive Service Corps, facilitator of Executive Leadership Circles 
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Former President, Vice-President of Government Affairs
  • Southwestern PA Labor/Management Committee, Former Member of the Consortium of Experts
  • City of Pittsburgh, Former MBE/WBE Review Committee, Appointed by the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh