The Catholic University of America

Joyce Henderson, Ed.D., M.B.A.

Adjunct Professor


Ed.D., George Washington University, Washington DC.


Beginning her teaching with UMUC in 2002, Professor Henderson has taught a variety of human resource courses in the Undergraduate School for the Business and Professional Programs (BAPP) at UMUC. In addition to teaching first as a collegiate faculty and now as an adjunct, she has designed and served as the chair for several courses including the capstone for Human Resource majors, Total Rewards Approach to Compensation, and Human Resource Management/Strategy. She has also served as a faculty mentor and was the co-founder of the UMUC student chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), serving as its faculty advisor for five years. At the inception, the UMUC student chapter was the first student chapter awarded by the national organization of SHRM for predominately on line students. Joyce served as UMUC’s representative to the Council of the University of Maryland System Faculty (CUSF) for five years, chaired the CUSF academic affairs committee, and was an at large member of the executive committee of the council two of her five years on the executive committee.

Dr. Henderson has also taught for the Catholic University of America for the past nine years, in the Metropolitan School for Professional Studies. Some of the graduate level courses designed and taught face to face and online include Strategic Human Resource Management, Advanced Communication Skills for Managers, Leadership, Compensation, Training and Development, Organization Development, and Conflict Resolution. Teaching in the graduate school for the University of Maryland Baltimore County for nine years, courses included Leadership and Fostering an Innovative Culture in Organizations. Recently joining the faculty team for the Charles E. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park, in their top ranked and award winning Online Masters of Business Administration program, Joyce teaches Leadership and Human Capital.

Teaching awards include the Outstanding Teaching Award at UMUC, Outstanding Faculty Award at CUA, and in 2017, the top teaching award at UMUC, the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.

Joyce’s professional career includes two decades with Marriott International where she served as a Human Resource Executive and for three years, the National Vice President of Human Resources for Volunteers of America. Her doctorate in education degree is from the George Washington University with research interests and publications focused on transformational learning of Chief Executive Officers and, in addition, transformational learning in the online classroom. She practices the community of inquiry (COI) model in her online classrooms and is dedicated to sharing her human resources expertise and experience with her students to help build their leadership, management, and human capital competencies for effectiveness in their careers and lives.