ODE experts assist with leadership development and workforce planning, and provide counsel to managers throughout the system. The department also helps employees learn, grow and upgrade skills. Training and classes are available on each campus, online or by webcast.
ODE uses professional and best practices human resources guidelines to attract, develop, motivate and retain productive, engaged employees. The goal of ODE is to create a high-performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals and objectives.
The ODE Team consists of:
Dr. R. Mark Miles serves as the Senior Director of Organizational Development & Engagement. He has worked in Higher Education, Corporate, and Government sectors in organizational development, and training and consulting. Dr. Miles previously served as the Director of Professional Development at Lone Star College-University Park in Houston, TX. Dr. Miles is a UNT alum with BA in Journalism (Public Relations), MA in Organizational Communication (Training and Development) from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and an Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama.
Nicole serves as the Senior Strategic Planning Analyst within the Office of Organizational Development & Engagement. Her role is to provide portfolio management for Human Resources projects across the UNT System Enterprise. Prior to joining HR, Nicole has enjoyed 20 years of experience with various departments including Internal Audit, the Office of Finance, UNT Grants & Contracts Administration, and UNT Student Accounting. She has obtained 4 certifications in fraud and internal auditing. Currently, she is working towards the highest-ranked project management certification, the PMP (Project Management Professional). Nicole has a passion for improving the employee experience and increasing engagement. She has created professional development opportunities, themes, and resources. Additionally, Nicole is an alum having received her BA in Sociology from UNT.
Amanda currently serves in the role of Organizational Development Consultant and joined the HR team in 2015.
As consultant, Amanda is responsible for providing strategic, effective human resources consulting services in the areas of organizational development, change management, employee engagement, and learning development efforts related to improving the work environment and developing high-performing teams.
As a collaborative partner, Amanda addresses emerging employee, leader, and team needs. This position works closely with stakeholders and serves as a resource and subject matter expert to conduct needs assessment, analysis, design, delivery, and measurement of solutions that align with business unit goals and desired intervention objectives that align with its mission and strategic priorities.
Prior to joining UNT HR, Amanda worked for Hill College in Hillsboro Texas for 9 years, providing a multitude of HR-related functions including training & development, employee relations, recruitment & selection, and employee recognition. She also served Hill College for 2 years as the Assistant Director of Human Resources.
Amanda holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development, with a minor in Business, from Texas A&M University. Amanda is a Certified Training & Development Professional. She has also earned certificates/specializations in the areas of Coaching, Instructional Design, and Change Management.
Sony has served in K-12 and Higher Education for 19 years. Previously, she worked as a leadership trainer for Lone Star College-University Park. Her professional background includes training experience across both academic and student services including but not limited to: payroll/human resources, division operations, academic affairs, student success, technology, and professional development.
In her current role, Sony is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of all cohort leadership programs. Sony received her Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Communications) from the University of Houston, Downtown. She also has a certification in Train- the- Trainer from the Association of Talent Development.
Dr. Shaun Treat (pronouns: He, Him, His) brings over 20 years of experience in higher education at various levels, as a professor, teacher, researcher, mentor, training specialist, and active community-builder. He has worked in Higher Education, corporate, and government settings in strategic communication and organizational teambuilding or consulting. Dr. Treat previously served as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at UNT Denton, Education Consultant with Denton County Museums, and now as Training Specialist with UNT System. Shaun holds a BA and MA in Communication from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a PhD in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. His passions include actively seeking out cultural and culinary adventures with family, hidden local history, and contributing to diverse civic coalitions that collaboratively build better communities.