Dr. Dina Piepoli Udomsak has nearly two decades of experience mentoring, coaching, and instructing students in higher education. In the Communication Department at Mansfield University she instructs Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Conflict, Training & Development, and Oral Communication courses. Prior to joining Mansfield, Dr. Udomsak was an Instructor and Assistant Director of Sidhu School Initiatives in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University, where she actively engaged students in the Integrative Management Experience; instructing Personal and Professional Development and Business Communication courses for over a decade. While at Wilkes, Dr. Udomsak developed and guided the Sidhu Scholars Program, the McCole Scholarship, the iPad initiative, the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board and Student Advisory Board Initiatives. She was nominated by students, colleagues, and department chairs for several teaching and advising awards including the Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, Club Advisor Appreciation, Academic Support Award, and Innovation in Teaching Award. She served as the faculty advisor and founder of the award-winning Wilkes University Phi Beta Lambda chapter, was named a Sam M. Walton Fellow and faculty advisor to Students in Free Enterprise and served on the Mentoring Task Force, the Information Technology Committee, and the President’s First Innovation Council. As a member of the Outstanding Leadership Forum planning committee, she assisted in the hosting and formal presentation of notable speakers including: former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, Nobel Laureate and Human Rights Leader, Elie Wiesel, and Pulitzer Prize winner and Foreign Affairs columnist for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman.
With experience as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer, Dr. Udo was previously contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as a Technical Communications Consultant assisting in the SWIF modernization project with Infotech Consulting. She formerly held the position of Pre-Collegiate Program Coordinator at Marywood University where she led the recruitment efforts for the gifted student programs, managed the staff of the GED community and GED prison programs, and secured state grant funding. Dina has created numerous employee and proprietary software manuals, educational workbooks, job aides, and marketing collateral. Her background in the marketing and communications field includes experience in the creative and performing arts, grant writing, event coordination, marketing, management, customer service, graphic design and desktop publishing. In the television industry, she gained experience both behind the scenes and in front of the camera contributing her skills to regional ABC and PBS affiliates.
Dr. Udomsak was the recipient of the Dr. Margaret (Marty) Baker Graham Research Grant on behalf of the Association for Business Communication, the friends and family of Dr. Margaret Baker Graham, and the C.R. Anderson Foundation. Her research interests include salutogenesis, psychofortology, and eudaimonic functioning, the roles of sense of coherence and sense of belongingness in creating positive organizational culture, engaging person-centered communication utilizing a Rogerian approach, the ethics of care, and the presentation of self. She previously held several leadership positions on the executive board of the Northeastern Association of the Society for Human Resources Management and is a member of the Association for Business Communication, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the American Association of University Women. She is deeply passionate in facilitating the journey of becoming the best version of oneself, through authentic, person-centered, appreciative communication.
Dr. Udomsak earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communication & Technology from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Media Management from Marywood University, and completed her doctoral research in Leadership at Wilkes University. In her spare time, Dr. Udo can be found cheering on her six year old daughter, Minka, while chasing after her two year old son, Logan. She resides in the beautiful back mountain of Dallas, Pennsylvania with her husband, coach Patrick, their two children, and their legendary pet fish, Dip.