I've occupied two professional roles: educator and applied social sciences consultant. I taught behavioral sciences courses in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University for twenty years, and sociology courses in the undergraduate department at UMD for the past seven.  As a consultant I delivered leadership development programs and conducted employee engagement surveys that included instrument design, analysis and change management methods to improve organizational effectiveness and job satisfaction.

Areas of Interest

  • Organizational behavior and the sociological aspects of artificial intelligence


  • Ph.D.
    University of Maryland College Park
  • MBA
    New York Institute of Technology
  • BBA
    Drake College of Florida

"Nothing is so practical as a good theory."  Kurt Lewin.

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Room 4125. 2112 Parren Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, 3834 Campus Dr, College Park, MD 20742
Department of Sociology
rpernick [at] umd.edu
Office Hours
By appointment