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2004Present

Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, 2011-present; Assistant Professor, 2005-2011; Visiting Assistant Professor, 2004-2005

Oklahoma State University, College of Education

Conduct research and publish in the areas of foster alumni youth on campus, leadership, management of organizational and human change, mothering of non-biological children, and visual qualitative methodologies. Founder and leader of the RisforThursday Foster Alumni Network of Oklahoma, a research and service collaborative of Oklahoma higher education and communities for foster alumni youth in college. Teach, on the Stillwater and extended campuses, classes at the master’s and doctoral levels in organizational theory/behavior, management of organizational change, qualitative research. Lead and/or participate in research grants. Serve on master’s and doctoral committees. Advise graduate students and graduate student research. Lead and/or participate in a variety of faculty-based program and school efforts. Develop curriculum. Engage in internal and external service activities. Tenure granted June 2011.

20092014

Adjunct Faculty Member

Oklahoma City University, Meinders School of Business

Teach MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior – including domestic and international students. Instructor (2014 & 2015) in the energy industry MBA.

20022011

Contractor/Senior Consultant, 2000-2011; Partner/Owner, 2004-2007; Director/Vice President, 2002-2004

Executive Development Associates (formerly Character of Excellence)

Recruited to collaborate with company founder beginning in 2001 for start up operations of organizational consulting firm utilizing senior industry consultants and targeting Fortune 500, 1000 and large government entities. Established operations and managed marketing, finance/budget, and other day-to-day operations responsibilities. As company grew, specialized in client services-- managed consultants, internal client services support team, consulting relationships and consulting teams. As consultant, served client base to which management, leadership and organizational development/corporate training services were provided on a per-project basis for non-profit, for-profit and government organizations. Authored two customized 360-degree assessment instruments, one for a company of well-known leadership author John C. Maxwell.

• SAMPLE OF CLIENTS (PERSONALLY SERVED) 2001-2011: St. Luke’s Health Network; Aggreko; HSBC corporate and domestic locations; Dun & Bradstreet; Donovan Industries; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Firearms; Federal Aviation Administration; Eisai Pharmaceuticals; Campbell Soup; Ruskin Air and Sound Control; University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana; PeopleAnswers; ConocoPhillips; Magic Empire of Girl Scouts full-time regional management staff. As certified business affiliate of Maximum Impact, Inc., taught leadership seminars for: Motorola, Target Corporation, Honeywell, NovaStar, Briggs & Stratton, Hallmark Cards, Ortho-McNeil, and others.

• OTHER KEY HIGHLIGHTS: In 2004, managed processes to allow company to become certified as a women-owned and managed business. Served, with business partner, as the initial consultant for major new clients (e.g. St. Luke’s Healthcare System, U.S. Army, HSBC, Dun & Bradstreet), establishing relationships and then building and managing a client team. In contrast to standard industry performance measures, company became profitable in three years. Company successfully purchased Executive Development Associates, Inc., in 2006 and currently operates under the EDA name.

20022004

Adjunct Instructor

Oklahoma State University, College of Education
20002002

Research Associate

Oklahoma State University, College of Education

While working on doctorate full-time, collaborated with supervising professor on research and writing for publication. Assisted with management of doctoral-level courses; co-taught two sections of doctoral-level class; established and managed electronic student communications and information for project director of cohort programs in Thailand, UK, and USA; provided editing assistance on book; assisted with analysis and writing for a National Science Foundation grant; assisted with preparation of new Ph.D. degree proposal.

19972000

Senior Management Trainer, Corporate Training & Development

WorldCom, Inc., Tulsa OK/Chicago IL

Wholesale Business Unit Assignment, 1998-2000: Consulted with managers and training staff in MCI-WorldCom Communications to provide a full range of management services.

General Management Assignment, 1997-1998: Partnered with managers nationwide to provide solutions for team and individual management issues; delivered management and leadership training for new and experienced managers; conducted needs analyses for individuals and teams; built and managed relationships with regional executives and managers; teamed with HR in situations of uncontrolled attrition, sex harassment investigations, and other conduct issues.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Led development of change management curriculum used at domestic locations during and after MCI-WorldCom merger; established a corporate training presence in the Chicago area following acquisition of Metropolitan Fiber Systems.

19961997

Senior Advisor

Bernard Haldane Associates, Austin TX

Recruited to coach and counsel mid-, senior-, and executive-level corporate clients in new career selection and transition primarily due to corporate acquisitions and downsizing. Administered individual assessments, researched market, taught marketing seminars, customized search strategies, consulted on salary and benefits negotiations, provided continuing services.

• HIGHLIGHTS: first advisor in local market to achieve monthly campaign closes (successful new positions for clients) of over ten; ranked in top five advisors nationally.

19911996

Director, Career Assistance Center

Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater OK

Was hired to design and implement a service center for both the student and business populations. Researched and designed service solutions; hired, trained and supervised staff; purchased equipment; designed facilities. Served as member of organization’s senior management team.

Supervised and delivered services within a federally-funded program for single parents and displaced homemaker students (high school and adult students), a computer-assisted center for upgrading students’ basic skills, individual education plans, and financial aid.

Established potential client companies’ needs; managed profit and loss; sold services to business and industry; provided consulting services to clients’ human resource and managerial staffs; designed and delivered custom training. Business services included: job task profiling, pre- and post-employment assessment; career and personal counseling assistance; MBTI-based training.

Jan 1987Jan 1996

Director of Marketing (1994-1996); Interim Director of Personnel, 1995; Program Development Specialist, 1990-1991; Industry Trainer/ Contractor, 1987-1990; Evening Supervisor, 1987-1990

Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater OK

Education

Jan 1999Jan 2002

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration/Leadership

Oklahoma State University

Cognate/Minor: Educational Psychology

19881990

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Oklahoma State University

Minor: Business Management

19851988

Bachelor of Business Education

Oklahoma State University

Integrated Research and Service Community Initiative:  Former Foster Youth in College 

In 2012, I began a new, primary line of inquiry focused on Oklahoma college students who were in foster care, or foster care conditions, during their adolescent years. Because of their unique pathways and support systems, they present differing support needs and perhaps a higher retention risk than their non-foster college student peers. Nationally, very little research and limited support existed. Numbers suggested that, nationally, former foster youth were the least retained population of college students. By 2013, this line of inquiry led to the creation of a statewide higher education network that researches and supports former foster youth in college (http://education.okstate.edu/risforthursday). The initiative was named the R is for Thursday Network (R4T) of Oklahoma (see http://education.okstate.edu/risforthursday/voices for the story behind the R is for Thursday name).

Today the Network is made of three primary components: empirical research, policy interrogation/advocacy, and direct services to foster alumni students. Selected  highlights of this research-led community initiative are presented in the following subsections, apart from my other work in the areas of research, service, and teaching.

2016 Selected Highlights of Work with Foster Alumni College Students

*Naifeh, Z., Kearney, K. S., & Hammer, T. (2016). Foster alumni in college: Highlighting a shadow group on college campuses. Paper presentation at the Oklahoma College Student Personnel Association Annual Conference, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

 2016 Research in Progress

Kearney, K. S.,*Naifeh, Z., Hammer, T., & *Cain, A. (revised/resubmitted/under review). “Family” Ties for Foster Alumni in College: An Open Systems Consideration. Review of Higher Education.

Kearney, K. S., & Satterfield, J. W. (pre-submission). First-year transition: A visual journey of foster alumni college students

Kearney, K. S., & Satterfield, J. W. (pre-submission). An emerging qualitative portrait of retention-related behaviors and choices for foster alumni college students.

Rios, S., Kearney, K. S., McCaffrey, E., & Emerson, J. (pre-submission). Rural states develop strong initiatives to support post-secondary success among emerging adults from foster care. Chronicle of Social Change.

Kearney, K. S., & Foster, K. (data analysis). Symbolic capital building in the Bourdieuean framework among foster care alumni college students.

Negotiated new partnership for the University of Central Oklahoma to lead R4T service

Retained (at OSU) research, policy, and oversight of the total Network

R4T student focus of a story by Fox 23 News of Tulsa

Network a focus of an article for The Northeastern (Northeastern State University)

Asked by the University of Kansas to assist them and partner Kansas campuses to start a KS foster alumni college student support network

4th Annual [statewide] Conversation

Hosted first overnight camp for incoming foster alumni freshmen (at campuses statewide)

Advising three PhD students completing dissertation research through the Network

26 Oklahoma campuses a part of the Network

2015 Selected Highlights of Work with Foster Alumni College Students

Kearney, K. S., and *Naifeh, Z. (2015). Out the shadows: A qualitative portrait of foster alumni who have persisted in college. Facilitated workshop at the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Assessment & Persistence Conference, Boston, MA, June 25-27, 2015.

Kearney, K. S. (2015). An emerging qualitative portrait of descriptors, choices, and retention considerations for foster alumni college students. Lecture presentation at the 27th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 9-10, 2015.

Invited reviewer of foster alumni manuscript submitted for publication, Journal of Higher Education

Invited Steering Committee Member, [newly formed] National Research Collaborative for Foster Alumni and Higher Education, 2015-present.

Invited Leadership Team Member, [newly formed, national] NASPA SCI-HE Sub-Community: Students Who Experience Foster Care and Homelessness, 2015-present.

Invited to assist Oklahoma Representative Scott Inman on legislation related to former foster youth and postsecondary education

First higher education professional invited to serve on Oklahoma DHS hiring panel for educational specialist liaisons to Oklahoma campuses

Invited mentor in foster alumni college student research for OSU’s Freshman Research Scholars Program

Network was a feature article in the spring OSU Foundation magazine

Network was a feature article in the fall OSU College of Education magazine

R4T student was focus of an article in the Tulsa World

Network served as an internship site for OSU Senior in Human Development and Family Science

Contacted by Pennsylvania and Kansas universities who wanted to start similar support foster alumni support efforts

Advising three PhD students completing dissertation research through the Network

3rd Annual [statewide] Conversation

22 Oklahoma campuses a part of the Network

2014 Selected Highlights of Work with Foster Alumni College Students

*Hail, T., *Cox-Hamby, C., & Kearney, K. S. (2014). An update on emerging voices: Former foster youth at Oklahoma colleges. Paper presentation at the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association Conference, Midwest City, OK.

Kearney, K.S. (August 2014). Invited issue panel [member] on child and family issues. Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK.

Kearney, K.S. (October 2014). The RisforThursday Statewide Network of Oklahoma. Invited presentation to the Comanche County Post-Adjudication Review Board, Lawton, OK.

Kearney, K.S. (May 2014). The RisforThursday Statewide Network of Oklahoma. Invited presentation to the Oklahoma Post-Adjudication Review Board, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K.S. (February 2014). The RisforThursday Project. Invited presentation to the Oklahoma Council of Presidents. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City, OK.

R4T Network recognized by Casey Family Programs as one of only ten social services and higher education partnerships in the nation; believed to be the only research-led initiative in the nation

Network was focus of a story by Fox 25 of Oklahoma City

The R4T Fund, housed at an OKC nonprofit, established to provide emergency funding for students

First R4T student organization established at Northeastern State University (other campuses followed)

Advising two PhD students completing dissertation research through the Network

2nd Annual [statewide] Conversation

18 Oklahoma campuses a part of the Network

 

2013 Selected Highlights of Work with Foster Alumni College Students

Kearney, K.S. (December 2013). The RisforThursday Project. Invited presentation to the Oklahoma Council of Student Affairs. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K. S. (November 2013). Foster care alumni. Invited presentation at the University Network on Community Engagement, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

Kearney, K. S. (October 2013). An OACRAO Update on Emerging voices: Former foster youth at college. Invited presentation at the Oklahoma Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Fall 2013 Policy Workshop, Edmond, OK.

Kearney, K. S., *Smith, V. J., & *Hail, T. (March 2013). Emerging voices: Former foster youth at college. Paper presentation at the Region 7 Conference of the National Academic Advising Association, San Antonio, TX.

Kearney, K. S., *Smith, V. J., & *Hail, T. (February 2013). Emerging voices: Former foster youth at college. Invited presentation at the Oklahoma Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Spring 2013 Policy Workshop, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K. S., *Smith, V. J., & *Hail, T. (February 2013). Emerging voices: Former foster youth at college. Invited presentation/workshop at the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association Spring 2013 Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.

First statewide Conversation to discuss research and consider implications for Oklahoma

Network served as an internship site for OSU senior in Human Development and Family Science

Five Oklahoma campuses a part of the Network

 

2012 Selected Highlights of Work with Foster Alumni College Students

Kearney, K. S., *Smith, V., and *Hail, T. (2012). Former foster kids at college. Paper presentation at Social Work Day, Eighth International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, May 16, 2012.

*student researcher

Other Lines of Inquiry: Refereed Journal Publications

Smith, V. M. J., & Kearney, K. S. (forthcoming, 2017). A qualitative exploration of the repatriation experiences of U.S. third culture kids at college. Journal of College Student Development.

Kearney, K.S., Damron, R., & Sohoni, S. (Winter, 2015). Observing engineering student teams from the organization behavior perspective using linguistic analysis of student reflections and focus group interviews. Advances in Engineering Education, 4(3), 1-29.  http://advances.asee.org/wp-content/uploads/vol04/issue03/papers/AEE-15-Sohoni.pdf

Kearney, K. S. (2013). Emotions and Sensemaking: A Consideration of a Community College Presidential Transition. Community College Journal of Research & Practice. 37, 1-14.

Kearney, K. S., & Siegman, K. D. (2013). The Emotions of Change: A Case Study. Organization Management Journal, 10(2), 110-119.

Mulia, W. D., Fritz, D. J., Sohoni, S. A., Kearney, K. S., & Mwavita, M. (2013). PLP: A Community Driven Open Source Platform for Computer Engineering Education. International Journal of Engineering Education, 29(1), 215-229.

Kearney, K. S., Krumm, B., Hughes, R. L., & Satterfield, J. (2013). Organized for genocide: Student reactions and learning from use of emotive documentaries on the Holocaust. Journal of Management Education, 37(3), 342-366. DOI: 10.1177/1052562912438764.

Archer, D. E., Kearney, K. S., & Blackburn, B. (2011). Impact of transition from sport: The emotional experience of intercollegiate athletes. In R. L. Hughes, J. W. Satterfield, & K. S. Kearney (Eds.), ASHE reader: Sports and athletes in higher education. Las Vegas, NV: Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Kearney, K. S., & Bailey, L. E. (2010). An adoptive mother’s reflections on mothering and grief: Another voice from inside the adoption triad. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 1(2).

Kearney, K. S. (2010). Grappling with the gods: Reflections for coaches of the narcissistic leader. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 8(1), 1-13.

Kearney, K. S., Self, M. J., Bailey, L, Harris, E. L., Halcomb, S., *Hill, B., Shimp, U. R. (2008). Building an academe and government partnership in workforce education: Challenges and possibilities. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 44(3), 1-21.

Haas, E.; Wilson, G. Y.; Cobb, C. D.; Hyle, A. E.; Jordan, K., & Kearney, K. S. (2007). Assessing influence on the field: An analysis of citations to Educational Administration Quarterly, 1979 – 2003. Educational Administration Quarterly, 43(4), 494-513.

*Archer, D. E., Kearney, K. S., & *Blackburn, B. (2007). Impact of transition from sport: The emotional experience of intercollegiate athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 1(1), 67-76. Article appeared in the inaugural issue of this journal.

Kearney, K. S., & Mathers, J. K. (2007). Rooms with a view. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 10(2), 1-18. Article received the 2007 Paula Silver Case Award from the University Council for Educational Administration.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2004). Drawing out emotions: The use of participant-produced drawings in qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research 4(3), 361-383. Article listed in March 2006 as one of “The 50 Most-Frequently-Read Articles” in Qualitative Research.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2003). The grief cycle and educational change: The Kubler-Ross contribution. Planning and Changing, 34(1&2), 32-57.

*student researcher

Other Lines of Inquiry: Refereed Books and Book Chapters

Kearney, K. S. (forthcoming, 2016). On a collision course? Feminist ideals and the mothering/professional woman in middle age [creative essay]. In K. Mantas, & L. Peterson (Eds.), Mothering in/and/through Mid-Life. Bradford, Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press.

Murray, B. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2015). Twice Shamed and Twice Blamed: Assumptions, myths, and stereotypes about “giving up a child” and “taking in a child.” In V. Reimer, & S. Sahagian (Eds.), The Mother-Blame Game (pp. 237-254). Bradford, Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2014). A look through the Kubler-Ross theoretical lens. In V. A. Anfara, Jr., & N. Mertz (Eds.), Theoretical frameworks in qualitative research, 2nd edition, p. 179-197. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2012). Drawing out emotions: The use of participant-produced drawings in qualitative inquiry. In Hughes, J. (Ed.), SAGE Visual Methods, Volume 4: Elicitation and Collaboration, SAGE Library of Research Methods. New Delhi, India: SAGE.

Kearney, K. S., & Bailey, L. E. (2012). “We shoot our wounded”: Pregnancy, mothering and PPD on the tenure track. In O’Reilly, A., & Hallstein, L. O. (Eds.), Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context: Problems, Strategies, and Possibilities. Bradford, Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press.

Kearney, K. S. (2009). Participant-generated visual data: Drawing out emotions. In J. E. Pederson & K. D. Finson (Eds.), Visual Data: Understanding and Applying Visual Data to Research in Education, p. 51-58. The Netherlands: SensePublishers.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2006). A look through the Kubler-Ross theoretical lens. In V. A. Anfara, Jr., & N. Mertz (Eds.), Theoretical frameworks in qualitative research, p. 109-128. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Other Lines of Inquiry: Refereed Conference Proceedings

Sohum, S., Damron, R., Kearney, K. S., & Cho, Y. (2014). A platform for computer engineering education. American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 15 - 18, 2014.

Sohum, S., Damron, R., Kearney, K. S., & Cho, Y. (2013). Impact of PLP on student learning: Initial results. American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Atlanta GA, June 23-26, 2013.

Fritz, D., Mulia, W., Sohoni, S., Gordon, B., Kearney, K., & Mwavita, M. (2011, June). The Progressive Learning Platform for computer engineering. ASEE National Annual Conference and Expo (ECE Division).

Harris, E. L., Kearney, K. S., & Bailey, L. (2008). An evolving focus: From product to process orientation in a civilian military organization. OACTE. OCTP and OATE Conference Proceedings, Stillwater, OK.

Bailey, L., Harris, E. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2008). Mentoring under fire: Perceptions of mentoring in a military workforce education site. OACTE. OCTP and OATE Conference Proceedings, Stillwater, OK.

Other Lines of Inquiry: Editorships

Kearney, K. S., & Murray, B. L. (forthcoming, 2017). Mothers as keepers and tellers of origin stories. Bradford, Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press.

Hughes, R. L., Satterfield, J. W., & Kearney, K. S. (Eds.). (2011). ASHE reader: Sports and athletes in higher education. Las Vegas, NV: Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Book Reviews

Kearney, K. S. (2013). [Review of the book The Mama’s Boy Myth: Why Keeping Our Sons Close Makes Them Stronger, by Kate Stone Lombardi]. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative.

Monographs

Kearney, K. S. (2009). Grief and organizational change: A qualitative exploration of the individual experience of change. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.

Invited Other Articles (non-refereed)

Kearney, K.S. (2015). Forward for Caught You Doing Good: Raising Positive Kids In a Negative World, by Virginia J. Smith, Strata Leadership, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K. S. (July 2014). No one else is coming. Invited blog entry for Salt and Light Leadership Training (SALLT), Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K. S. (March 2013). Identifying your core values. CharacterFirst: The Magazine [A publication of Strata Leadership], 3.

Kearney, K. S. (June 2013). Navigating through uncertainty. CharacterFirst: The Magazine [A publication of Strata Leadership], 3.

Other Lines of Inquiry: National and International Refereed Conference Presentations

Kearney, K. S. (2016). Feminist ideals and mothering at middle age. Paper presentation at The Mothers, Mothering, Motherhood in Today’s World, with an Embedded Conference on Mothers and Mothering in Canada Gala Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 14-16, 2016.

Murray, B. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2016). Giving up and taking in: Challenging the assumptions around adoption. Paper presentation at The Mothers, Mothering, Motherhood in Today’s World, with an Embedded Conference on Mothers and Mothering in Canada Gala Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 14-16, 2016.

Murray, B. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2016). Voices from within the Adoption Triangle. Paper presentation at the Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL, May 18-21, 2016.

Kearney, K. S. (2015). An emerging qualitative portrait of descriptors, choices, and retention considerations for foster alumni college students. Lecture presentation at the 27th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 9-10, 2015.

Archer, D. E., & Kearney, K. S. (2014). Researcher reflections on the use of participant-produced drawings in qualitative research. Paper presentation at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 10-11, 2014.

Sohum, S., Damron, R., Kearney, K. S., & Cho, Y. (2014). A platform for computer engineering education. NSF Grantees’ Poster Session at the ASEE Annual Conference 2014, Indianapolis, IN, June 15 - 18, 2014.

Sohum, S., Damron, R., Kearney, K. S., & Cho, Y. (2013). Impact of PLP on student learning: Initial results. Poster presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Atlanta GA, June 23-26, 2013.

Kearney, K. S. (2013). “We shoot our wounded”: Reflections on pregnancy, mothering and PPD on the tenure track. Invited presentation, Supporting and Empowering Mothers in the Academe: Strategies for Institutional Change and Individual Agency, June 24-27, 2013, Pantages Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). The Wingman Project: Enlarging the school community. American School Counselor Association Annual Conference, June 30-July 3, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

Murray, B. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). Twice shamed: Myths of the other mother in a patriarchal society. Paper presentation at Mothering and Reproduction, Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) Annual Conference, October 18-20, 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kearney, K. S., Smith, V., and *Hail, T. (2012). Former foster kids at college. Paper presentation at Social Work Day, Eighth International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA, May 16, 2012.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). The use of technology to expand the boundaries of an elementary school community. Eighth International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 17-19, 2012.

Archer, D. E., Kearney, K. S., & Smith, V. J. (2012). The emotional aspects of change: Using participant-produced drawings to examine three transitions. Eighth International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 17-19, 2012.

Murray, B. L., Sangha, J.K., & Kearney, K. S. (2011): Other mothering: Voices from the fringes. Seventh International Conference of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, ILL, May 18-21, 2011.

Sohoni, S., Kearney, K. S., Chandler, D., & Mwavita, M. (2011). The progressive learning platform. International Society for Engineering Education 2011 Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kearney, K. S., & Bailey, L. E. (2010). Reconsidering mothering and grief in adoption: A transformative meeting between a birth and adoptive mother. Presentation at the Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering Conference of The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Toronto, Canada.

Kearney, K. S., & Bailey, L. E. (2010). “We shoot our wounded”: Pregnancy, mothering and PPD on the tenure track. Presentation at the Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother Symposium of the Association of Research on Mothering (ARM), Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Bailey, L., Self, M.J., Harris, E., Kearney, K. S., Halcomb, S. & Hill, B. (2008, April). Lessons from the field: Mentoring in a military workforce education site. Paper presentation at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.

Harris, E. L., Kearney, K. S., Bailey, L. E., Shimp, U. R., & *Hill, B. D. (2008, April). A grid and group explanation of the teaching and learning processes in a federal learning environment. Presentation at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Archer, D. E., Kennedy, K., Kearney, K. S. (2008, March). Supporting the academic success of students in transition: Potential benefits of a residential learning community for transfer students. Poster presentation at the 2008 annual meeting of National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Boston, MA.

Kearney, K. S., *Archer, D. E., & *Blackburn, B. (2007, November). Into the great beyond: The transition experiences of intercollegiate athletes leaving sport. Poster presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference. Louisville, KY.

Murphy, J., Cibulka, J., Lindle, J. C., Nagle, J. N., Wilson, G., Cobb, C., Haas, E., Hyle, A. H., Hankins, K. V. J., & Kearney, K. S. (2006, November). Educational Administration Quarterly: A 25-year analysis. Symposium at the University Council on Educational Administration Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. H. (2005, November). The emotional impact of leader change. Poster presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Hyle, A. H., Hankins, K. V. J., & Kearney, K. S. (2005, November). Higher education journal impact: A twenty year review. Paper presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Mathers, J. K., & Kearney, K. S. (2005, October). Not without consequence: The long-term impacts of decreasing arts in the schools. Issues and ideas presentation at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum Annual Conference. Austin, TX.

Hughes, R. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2005, April). Representing the underrepresented in education, pedagogy and practice. Panel presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2003, April). Grief and educational change: The Kubler-Ross contribution. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Division A (Qualitative Research Methods). Chicago, IL.

*student researcher

Other Lines of Inquiry: Regional Conference or Meeting Presentations

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2013). The Wingman Project: School-Based Communication with Grandparents. Poster presentation at the 2013 Southwestern Oklahoma State University Research and Scholarly Activity Fair, Weatherford OK.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2013). The Wingman Project: School-Based Communication with Grandparents. Poster presentation at the 2013 Oklahoma State University College of Education Researcher Day, Stillwater, OK.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2013). The Wingman Project: School-Based Communication with Grandparents. Poster presentation at the 2013 Oklahoma Research Day, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond OK.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2013). The Wingman Project: School-Based Communication with Grandparents. Poster presentation at the 2013 Oklahoma State University Research Symposium, Stillwater OK.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). The Wingman Project. Poster presentation at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer 2012 Conference, Meridian Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

*Smith, V. M. J., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). Invisible immigrants go to school. Poster presentation at the OSU Chapter of Oklahoma Educational Studies Association (OESA) Research Conference, Stillwater OK.

*Eliason, M., & Kearney, K. S. (2012). The Wingman. Poster presentation at the OSU Chapter of Oklahoma Educational Studies Association (OESA) Research Conference, “Navigating Differences: Pluralism in Education”, Stillwater OK.

Harris, E. L., Bailey, L., & Kearney, K. S. (2007). From product to process in the teaching and learning processes in a federal learning environment. Presentation at the 2007 OACTE, OCTP, and OATE Joint Fall Conference, Stillwater, OK.

Bailey, L., Harris, E. L., & Kearney, K. S. (2007). Mentoring under fire: Perceptions of mentoring in a military workforce education site. Presentation at the 2007 OACTE, OCTP, and OATE Joint Fall Conference, Stillwater, OK.

Kearney, K. S., Self, M. J., Harris, E., *Halcomb, S., *Ehrlich, J. A., *Hill, B., & Shimp, U. R. (2007). Lessons learned from an academe and government alliance. Paper presentation at the Big 12 Education Research Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.

Kearney, K. S., *Ehrlich, J. A., & Hyle, A. E. (2006). Intruder in the change process: The emotional impacts of shifting organizational leaders. Paper presentation at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Granbury, TX.

Mathers, J. K., & Kearney, K. S. (2006). The impact of No Child Left Behind: Drawings from the field, once removed. Paper presented at the Academy for Educational Studies Annual Conference. Springfield, MO.

Hyle, A. E., Hankins, K. V. J., & Kearney, K. S. (2004). Educational administration journal impact: A decade in review. Paper presentation at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Conference.

Kearney, K. S., & Hyle, A. E. (2002). Drawing out emotions: Participant/researcher revelations. Paper presentation at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Conference. Division D, Stillwater, OK.

*student researcher

Research Grants and Contracts

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Sohom Sohoni of Arizona State University, Engineering), National Science Foundation: Engineering Education; RIGEE: Progressive Learning Platform for Computer Engineering, EEC-1136934, 2011-2013, $150,000.

Co-Principal Investigator; liaison to the U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center, other Department of Defense contractors, and the OSU DAC Contract Manager; overall project responsibility for project budgets; College of Education U.S. Department of Defense contract, Task 5 (College of Education Support Services). 2007. Project team of 11 faculty, 3 staff, and 6 research assistant/associates. Manage total budgets (across all COE tasks) of $1.38 million.

Principal Investigator, U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center (DAC)/Department of Defense contract, Task 5 (College of Education Support Services), 2006-2007. Project team of approximately 15 faculty, staff & graduate students. Budget of $793,000.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Ramesh Sharda, Regents Professor in the OSU Spears School of Business), U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center (DAC)/Department of Defense contract, Task 15 (Knowledge Management), 2007. Project team includes College of Education (2 team members) and the OSU Spears School of Business. Budget of $178,000, which led to a subsequent year’s budget of $1,345,300 for the Spears School of Business.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Sam Welch of the OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Dr. Ramesh Sharda of the Spears School of Business), Oklahoma State University U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center (DAC)/Department of Defense contract, 2006-2007. Project team includes OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence, College of Education, and the Spears School of Business. Budget of $1,688,500.

Task Coordinator, Professional Development Workshops, U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center (DAC)/Department of Defense Training Evaluation Plan Development and Implementation contract, 2005-2006. Requested by the OSU College of Education research administration to join the COE DAC team in preparation for filling the position of Principal Investigator in the next year. Total task budget of $443,000.

Selected Service Activities

Boards of Directors and/or Leadership Teams

Steering Committee Member, National Research Collaborative for Foster Alumni and Higher Education, 2015-present.

Board Member, It’s My Community, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK, 2014-present.

Editorial Board Member, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 2006 - present.

Executive Committee Member, Count Me in for Kids (CMI4K), Oklahoma City, OK, 2012 – 2016.

Leadership Team Member, NASPA SCI-HE Sub-Community: Students Who Experience Foster Care and Homelessness, 2015.

Business Intelligence Board Member, Chief Learning Officer, 2009 - 2011.

Other Selected Service

Created and lead RisforThursday Statewide Network of Oklahoma (education.okstate.edu/risforthusday), 2012-present

SALLT Fellow, Class IV, Salt and Light Leadership Training (SALLT) Academy, Oklahoma City, OK, 2012-present

Academic Integrity Facilitator, Office of Students Affairs, 2011-present

Invited mentor for the Oklahoma State University Freshman Research Scholars Program (undergraduate research), 2014-2015

Invited member of Tulsa Community College statewide higher education focus group for institutional strategic planning, 2014

College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas
Invited External Reviewer for state-mandated review of MED and EdD higher education programs, 2012

Teacher Excellence Network Pilot Project
Invited to serve as an “expert” in content for the leadership section. Project related to State of Oklahoma’s mandated domains and the Oklahoma Teacher Evaluation Rubric being piloted by Tulsa Public Schools, 2011.

Created (2011) The Wingman project, an effort to expand school community through technology, for John Ross Elementary School, Edmond, OK, 2011-present. During 2012, the pilot project expanded to include four Oklahoma elementary schools and served as the subject of PhD dissertation research (2014) by Meghan Eliason, Oklahoma State University.

Collaborative designer of the Future Solutions Center, a center of experts designed to solve complex organizational problems for senior-level leaders in all types of industries, Innovative Engineering Solutions, Huntsville, AL, 2008.

Invited collaborator, with faculty member at Defense Acquisition University, to design a qualitative research inquiry for the Program Executive Office,U.S. Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL, 2008.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Leadership Academy management/leadership development coach for administrator-participants in the Academy, 2006-2007.

Residence Hall Faculty Associate, 2005-2006 (work resulted in a university granted award)

Reviewer

Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, Reviewer of Manuscripts Submitted for Publication, 2007 – present

Journal of Higher Education, Invited Reviewer of Manuscript Submitted for Publication, 2015

NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators): Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 2014 Annual Conference Proposals

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Reviewer of Manuscripts Submitted for Publication, 2012-2013

Academy of Management , Reviewer of Conference Proposals for Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012

Qualitative Research in Psychology, Reviewer of Manuscripts Submitted for Publication, 2009, 2010

U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Acquisition University Civilian Senior Service College Fellowship Program, Invited Reviewer for Manuscripts, Huntsville, AL, 2008

American Educational Research Association, Proposal reviewer, 2001, 2002, 2005 Annual Conferences

Doctoral Dissertations Advised

Clark, S. (2016). From the Other Side of the Reference Desk: Exploring Undergraduates’ Information Search Mediation Experiences.

Adkins, P. P. (2015). Exploring the critical dialogical process: Psychological and physical spaces creating conditions conducive to multi-system collective action in higher education.

Baird, S. B. (2015). A qualitative study of faculty perceptions of the strengths and challenges of academic advising at small, Christian, universities.

Arnold, V. (2015). An exploratory study of the attitudes, values, and beliefs shaping low income college students' financial management and decision-making behaviors.

Jones, J. (2014). Oral histories of first-generation college graduates from Oklahoma who earned doctoral degrees. [Co-advised with Lucy Bailey, Ph.D.]

Eliason, M. K. (2014). The Wingman Project: An exploratory study of school-based communication with grandparents.

Schulze, K. (2014). Rural students: Reflections.

Buckner, R. K. (2013). Values-based leadership: College leaders’ perceptions on maintaining values in decision making.

Johnson, A. W. (2013). No antidote for the anecdote: The decision-making strategies of enrollment management professionals.

Munoz, R. M. (2012). Low income, first generation community college students: Reflections on their success and their motivations.

Gilkey, E. (2012). African American men and college: Understanding how they succeed.

Smith, V. J. (2011). Third Culture Kids: Transition and Persistence When Repatriating to Attend University. Upon recommendation of the student’s dissertation committee, dissertation was submitted for a dissertation of the year award.

Archer, D. E. (2010). Preparing for exit from sport: A phenomenological examination of the pre-transition experiences of Division I female intercollegiate athletes.

Kerr, L. M. (2009). Community college faculty members’ perspectives regarding formal faculty-student mentoring. Upon recommendation of the student’s dissertation committee, dissertation was submitted for the National Council on Student Development's 2010 Dissertation of the Year Award.

Reif, R. J. (2009). Faculty perceptions of pedagogical best practices as they relate to online course quality at Oklahoma, public, two-year colleges.

Newman, G. S. (2007). Tie strength and two-year mid-level academic administrator professional development: A narrative study.

Seibold, K. N. (2007). Employers’ perceptions of online education.

Higher Education Graduate-Level Teaching Experience

Oklahoma State University, College of Education

[Doctoral] Proposal Writing (HESA 6903). Development of first three chapters for dissertation proposal and instruction about the dissertation process.

College and University Presidency (EDLE 6833). Study/exploration of the research on and roles and practices of university presidents.

School Leadership, Culture, and Ethics (EDLE 6483). Study/exploration of ethics and ethical dilemmas in academic leadership roles.

Research Traditions in Educational Leadership (EDLE 6853). Exploration of advanced integrated research strategies and the development of designs and methods supporting the field of educational leadership.

Qualitative Research I (SCFD 6123). Traditions, philosophies, and techniques of qualitative research, including participant observation, interviewing and document analysis. Practice in qualitative techniques and preliminary data analysis. Co-taught.

Planning and Change (EDLE 6733). Organizational and environmental parameters, source of change, barriers to change, and strategies for planning, managing and implementing organizational change.

Organizational Theory (EDLE 6603). Selected organizational typologies, conceptualizations and theoretical frameworks as they relate to organizational behavior and behavior of personnel in organizations.

Effective Teaching in Colleges and Universities (EDLE 6713/CIED 6030). Relevant research and practice about effective college teaching; role of faculty in higher education settings and development of teaching strategies and lessons for application in college classrooms

The Impact of College on Students and Society (EDLE 6583). The psychological and sociological impact that attending four-year colleges and universities has on undergraduates from their freshman year until they graduate.

Resources for the Study of Higher Education (EDLE 6143). Introduction to the research traditions, tools and processes integral to the study of educational leadership in higher education.

Leadership and Ethical Decision Making (EDLE 5813). Leadership models, theories and practice and the associated ethics of decision making.

Organizational Development (EDLE 5953). Opportunities to understand and critically analyze conventional and novel approaches to the climate and governance of schools and higher education institutions.

Facilitation and Training Skills (OCED 5233 - Advanced Instructional Procedures, also CTED 4103 - Instructional Procedures). Custom-designed course for U.S. Army ammunition subject matter experts who had varying levels of instructional and course development skills. Course included basic adult learning principles, effective instruction, and creation of conducive learning environments. Also included a strong focus on platform and presentation skills.

Educational Leadership (EDLE 6823). Leadership and the implications of leadership across contexts, cultures and time.

Leadership and Agency (EDLE 5813). Leadership models, theories and practice within and outside of educational settings as well as the associated ethic of educational decision making.


Adjunct Experience, Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business

Organizational Behavior and Managerial Processes (MGMT 5713). Conceptual and empirical understanding of the structure and function of human behavior in organizations: behavioral influences that affect productivity, organizational effectiveness, and efficiency; personality, perception, motivation, decision-making, communication, leadership, job and organizational design, and group behavior; administrative process, including organizational power, politics, change, development and cultural implications.

Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior (MGMT 3123). Two essential tasks of the manager: the development of organizational strategy and the application of the behavioral concepts leading to effective people performance and ultimate organizational success.

Awards and Other Recognition

Governor’s Commendation to Executive Committee members for Count Me in 4 Kids, March 2014

Outstanding Leader Award: Outstanding Faculty Member, OSU Center for Ethical Leadership, 2013

Paula Silver Case Award (most outstanding case published during the 2007 volume of the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership), University Council for Educational Administration, 2008.

“The 50 Most-Frequently-Read Articles” in Qualitative Research (for 2004 published article), March 2006

Faculty/Staff Member of the Month, OSU Residence Hall Faculty Associate, September, 2005

Helmer & Frances Sorenson Scholarship, OSU College of Education, 2001-2002

Outstanding New Professional Award, Oklahoma Vocational Association, 1992