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Joel Hoomans, Dr.

Professor of Management and Leadership Studies


Prior to working in academia, Joel spent 10 years working in the field of Human Resources for Wegmans Food Markets, eventually becoming the company’s first Manager of Leadership Development. Throughout various roles at Wegmans he was struck by the impact that a best in class organization can have on the growth and development of people when they are invested in and treated as renewable assets rather than expendable resources. In 2006 Roberts Wesleyan College afforded him the opportunity to return to his one-time alma mater and facilitate the advancement of service leadership, strategic agility and people development on a broader scale. In addition to his teaching and administration duties for the college, Joel also enjoys consulting across business, church, government and military sectors. He devotes a great deal of time practicing a lifestyle of faith, fun, family, friendship, servitude, learning, and human development and has a wide range of hobbies that range from board games to kayaking and playing disc golf.

Dr. Hoomans holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Masters of Science in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

Research Interests:

  • Leadership Development & Effectiveness
  • Courage Development & Values Formation
  • Strategic Utilization of Human Assets
  • The Use of Games in Learning
  • Driving Service Levels in Higher Education

“I would prefer to combat the ‘I’m special’ feeling not by the thought, ‘I’m no more special than anyone else,’ but by the feeling ‘Everyone is as special as me.’…No one is like anyone else. All are ‘members’ (organs) in the Body of Christ. All different and all necessary to the whole and to one another; each loved by God individually, as if it were the only creature in existence. Otherwise you might get the idea that God is like the government which can only deal with people in mass…[People] are not interchangeable. Each person is almost a species in himself [herself].”         - C. S. Lewis

Romans 12:5 “so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”