Instructor Profile Rob Freeborough

Instructor Profile Rob Freeborough

Rob Freeborough is an instructor at CityU’s School of Applied Leadership in the Master of Arts in Leadership program. He has been teaching for 10 years in both online and traditional classroom environments.  His 17 years of leadership and management experience, primarily in nonprofits, has enabled him to effectively consult with nonprofit leaders to identify and catalyze growth opportunities.  Dr. Freeborough has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, a Masters of Business Administration, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Dr. Freeborough’s dissertation focused on transformational leadership and its correlation with employee engagement and organizational commitment.  His research efforts are now focused on servant leadership and transformational leadership in nonprofit organizations. Recently, he conducted research with another author on the topic of Exploring the effect of transformational leadership on nonprofit leader engagement.

With that kind of experience, we are excited to have Dr. Freeborough as part of the team. The Master of Arts in Leadership program will soon be delivering a nonprofit in Leadership emphasis that we anticipate to be a highly popular program. With the explosive growth witnessed in nonprofits over the past 15 years, leadership struggles are surfacing as nonprofits witness a decline in the charitable giving environment (Freeborough & Patterson, 2015).

The research presented by Freeborough and Patterson (2015) was “to determine whether nonprofit employees are more highly engaged in organizations in which transformational leadership is practiced” (p. 49). Through quantitative research methodology, the authors found that a strong correlation exits between employee engagement and transformational leadership in a nonprofit setting.

If you would like to learn more about the MAL program with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership or about Dr. Freeborough please contact leadership (at)


Freeborough, R., & Patterson, K. (2015). Exploring the effect of transformational leadership on nonprofit leader engagement. SLTP, 2(1), 49-70.

Published June 3, 2015



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