College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science


Professor, Associate Dean in Engineering,Technology & Computer Science

  • Office: ET 243D
  • Office Hours:  

                  Monday 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

                  Others by Appointment


  • Ed.D., Ball State University, 1991, Adult and Community Education
  • M.A., University of South Florida, 1981, Communication
  • BAC, Bowling Green State University, 1979, Communication

Research Interests

Career development, leadership development, work experiences of hourly employees, and ethics in human resource development

Selected Publications

  • Waite, A.M. & McDonald, K.S. (2019). Exploring challenges and solutions facing STEM careers in the 21st century: A human resource development perspective. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1), 3-15
  • McDonald, K.S. & Waite, A.M. (2019). Future directions: Challenges and solutions facing career readiness and development in STEM fields. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1), 133-138.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2018). Conceptualizing and creating sustainable careers. Human Resource Development Review, 17(4), 349-372
  • Mishra, P. & McDonald, K. (2017). Career resilience: An integrated review of the empirical literature. Human Resource Development Review, 16(3), 207-234.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2016). Career Development: A Human Resource Development Perspective. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2015).  Career development in the context of HRD:  Challenges and considerations.  In R.F. Poell, T.S> Rocco & G.L. Roth (Eds.).  The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development (67-77).  Abingdon, Oxon, OX:  Routledge.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2014).  Contemporary career literature and HRD.  In N.E. Chalofsky, T.S. Rocco & M. Lane Morris (Eds.).  Handbook of Human Resource Development (353-368).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Hite, L.M. & McDonald, K.S. (2014). Career interest inventories in times of change.  In J. Walton & C. Valentin (Eds.).  Human resource development: Practices and orthodoxies (167-183). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave MacMillan. 
  • Hite, L.M. & McDonald, K.S. (2012). Career counseling for Millennials: Practitioner's perspectives.  In Ng E.,Lyons, S. & Schweitzer, L. (Eds.) Managing the new workforce: International perspectives on the millennial generation (204-221).  Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Hatcher, T. & McDonald, K. S. (2011).  Creating and publishing non-refereed manuscrits;  How to Write editorial and book reviews.  In T. Rocco & T. Hatcher Eds.  Demystifying the writing and publishing process:  A guide for emerging scholars.  San Francisco:  Jossey-Bass.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L. M.(2010). Diversity in the HRD curriculum: Concluding thoughts and next steps. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 12(3), 385-391.
  • Hite, L. M. & McDonald K. S.( 2010). Perspectives on HRD and diversity education. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 12(3), 283-294.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2008). Creating a career culture: Connection and collaboration. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 22(2),
  • Hite, L.M. & McDonald, K.S. (2008). A new era for career development and HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10(1), 3-7.
  • McDonald, K.S. & Hite, L.M. (2008). The next generation of career success: Implications for HRD. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 10(1), 86-103.
  • Hite, L.M. & McDonald, K.S. (2006). Diversity training pitfalls and possibilities: An exploration of small and midsize U.S. organizations. Human Resource Development International, 9(3), 365-377.

Prior Work Experience

Editor-in-chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources, corporate trainer for a healthcare organization and a newspaper publisher.

Courses Taught

OLS 34200 - Interviewing Strategies in Organizations
OLS 49600 - Leading Change: Theory & Practice
OLS 47400 - Conference Leadership
OLS 58700 - Developing a Leadership Philosophy
OLS 59000 - Capstone

Class Schedule

  • OLS 58700-01; M 6:00 PM-8:45 PM,  KT G40

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I prefer two wheels to four.
My family and I have toured various locations throughout the United States by bike!

Track and Field is my favorite sport.

I coached for many years. Now I'm a USATF official.

I don't know what it's like to be bored.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, running with my dog Barkley, reading and doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles.