Alexander W. Crispo is a professor in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational change, and change leadership.
Before coming to Purdue Al was employed with the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA Inc). During a 28-year career with ALCOA, he was responsible for operations of one of the world's largest hard alloy extrusion plants. As manager his responsibilities involved all aspects of manufacturing, maintenance, production control, technical sales, and customer service. During his career Al worked in other areas of the organization including quality, packaging, transportation, industrial engineering, and human resource management. He had the honor of winning the prestigious Arthur Vining Davis Award for technical excellence, and the Alcoa Research Award for collaboration and team development.
Professor Crispo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from Clarkson University. He is a member and past president of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, a member of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, and the Futurist Society. He has presented papers and educational workshops at all the above conferences. In addition his students and colleagues have recognized him with numerous teaching awards and commendations. The faculty of the Purdue Polytechnic also awarded Professor Crispo the Tenured Faculty Teaching Award. Crispo advises the student run organization Purdue Association of Leaders(PAL). He also served as a Faculty Fellow and Horizon mentor. He is active in service learning and enjoys working with and mentoring students.
In the community he was active as Vice President of the Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau and was instrumental in organizing the first Lafayette Jazz and Blues festival. As a member of the Linear Parks Taskforce he helped promote the first leg of a Lafayette walking and bicycling trail which will eventually circle the city. Professor Crispo is also involved with training and development at several major corporations around the state of Indiana.
Al's hobbies include wood working, model railroading, photography,boating, and hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State.
- Davis, B., Crispo, A., & Wagenheim, G. (2011). A leadership guide for using Appreciative Inquiry intervention in overcoming miserable jobs. Proceedings of the 39th Annual International Association for Experiential Education (AEE), Jacksonville, FL.
- Davis, B., Crispo, A. & Wagenheim, G. (2009). Co-constructing positive feedback using appreciative inquiry. Proceeding of the Thirty Ninth Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Philadelphia, PA, Electronic Proceedings.
- Wagenheim, G., Bennett, J., Clark, R. & Crispo, A. (2009). Toward becoming a better teacher: Using visual images to explore and challenge assumptions we hold about our teaching. Organizational Behavior Teaching Society Conference, Charleston, SC, Electronic Proceedings
- Crispo *, A. & Ncube, L. (2007). Conventional teaching and the gestalt alternative.Proceeding of the Thirty Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Atlanta, GA, Electronic Proceedings.
- Wagenheim*, G, Crispo A., & Clark, D. (2007) Mirror image: Do our personal hobby and sport pursuits reflect who we are and how we teach? Proceeding of the Thirty Seventh Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Atlanta, GA, Electronic Proceedings.
- Ncube*, L., Crispo, A., Davis, B., & Wagenheim, G. (2007). Generational cultures: Leaders bridging the generational gaps and maximizing potential in the work place.International Leadership Association 9th Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, Electronic proceedings.
- Davis*, B., Summers, M., Crispo, A., Vandeveer, R., & Strate, M. (2006) Meaningful classroom activities for interactive student learning are where the rubber meets the road at the crossroads of Leadership studies. International Leadership Association 8th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, Electronic proceedings.
- Crispo*, A. & Wagenheim, G. (2006) Exploring teaching and learning in a “World Café”: An easy-to-use method for creating collaborative conversations. Proceedings of the Thirty Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Palm Springs, CA, Electronic proceedings.
- Crispo*, A., Vandeveer, R., & Sugarman, H. (2005) Appreciative inquiry helps define “best-in-class leadership”: An exciting philosophy for change. International Leadership Association 7th Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Electronic proceedings.
- Crispo, A. (2005) An interdisciplinary approach to service learning: Using “Appreciative Inquiry” as a catalyst to community Revitalization. Proceedings of the Thirty Fifth Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Cocoa Beach, FL, Electronic Proceedings.
- Crispo, A. (2004). Students appreciate “Appreciative Inquiry”: Sharing positive learning experiences. Proceedings of the Thirty Fourth Conference of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning, Baltimore, MD, Electronic Proceedings.