Ellen Ensher, Ph.D.

Office: Hilton 351
Phone: 310.338.3037
Email: eensher@lmu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Mentoring and Careers
  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Behavior


Ellen Ensher has been a management professor at the College of Business Administration since 1997. She teaches courses in the areas of human resource management and organizational behavior. Ensher utilizes community-based learning in most of her courses and her students contribute to non-profit organizations by volunteering hours, designing training workshops and completing customized projects. Ensher has published over 40 articles and book chapters in leading journals, including the Academy of Management Executive, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior and Leadership Quarterly. Ensher, with co-author Susan Murphy, wrote "Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Make the Most out of Their Relationships" (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Ensher is a frequent speaker to executive teams on the topic of mentoring for organizations including: Chicago Healthcare Executives, DirectTV, Kraft Foods, Psomas, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the U.S. Navy and the World Presidents Organization. Internationally, Ensher has conducted workshops on mentoring for Knowledge Resources in South Africa and taught courses in international human resource management in Rome, Italy and Dublin, Ireland.

Ensher has been quoted on the topic of mentoring and human resources in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many other publications. She has appeared as a guest on multiple radio and TV shows in Chicago, New York and San Diego. For more information on media appearances, please visit www.ellenensher.com. Ensher is currently working on her second book related to defining decisions and career crossroads. Ensher contributes regularly to her blog, Professor Couch Potato: Discussions on Mentoring, Management, and Media Blog: http://ellenensher.com/blog/

  • PhD: Claremont Graduate University (1997)
  • MA: Claremont Graduate University (1994)
  • MPA: University of Southern California (1990)
  • BA: Loyola Marymount University (1987)


Ensher publishes in topics related to mentoring, careers and human resource management.

Conference Responsibilities
  • Featured speaker at the TEDxLoyolaMarymountU event on April 6th at LMU’s Murphy Recital Hall. Specifically, Ellen discussed how to secure a mentor in order to advance your career and how this can apply to the education field. This conference seeks to strengthen the education community by sharing innovative ideas and collaborating to inspire action that will transform classrooms and school systems across Los Angeles. Click here to view Ellen's presentation at the TEDx conference.
  • Chaired a symposium at the Western Academy of Management Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico in March 2013 titled “Constructive Conversations on New Directions in Careers and Mentoring.” As part of this symposium presented two papers: 1)  “Career Discernment Theory and the Measurement of Discernment Style” by Ensher & Murphy, and 2) “Factors Impacting Willingness to Participate in E-Mentoring” by Thomas and Ensher.


Recent Publications
  • Ensher, E. A. (2013). David Clutterbuck: Mentoring and Coaching: A Commentary, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, V8 (1), 183-185.
  • Ensher, E.A., and Murphy, S.E. (2011). "The Mentoring Relationship Challenges Scale: The impact of mentoring stage, type and gender," Journal of Vocational Behavior, 14; 4C.
  • Ensher, E. A., and Grant-Vallone, Elisa J. (2011). "Opting In Between: Strategies Used by Professional Women With Children to Balance Work and Family," Journal of Career Development, online, Sage Publications.
  • De Janusch, S., Ensher, E. A., and Heun, C. (2008). "Virtual Relationships and Real Benefits:Using E-Mentoring to Connect Business Students with Practicing Managers," Mentoring and Tutoring , 16(4), 394-411.
  • Murphy, S. E., and Ensher, E. A. (2008). "A Qualitative Analysis of Charismatic Leadership in Teams: The Case of Television Directors," Leadership Quarterly , 19, 335–352.
  • Ensher, E. A., and Murphy, S. E. (2007). "E-mentoring: Next Generation Research Strategies and Suggestions." An invited chapter in the Handbook of Mentoring . Ragins, B. R., & Kram, K. E. (Eds.), CA: Sage Publications.