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Assistant Professor

  • Office: Neff 288D
  • Office Hours:

                 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
                 Thursday 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

                  Others by appointment


  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ph.D. in Human Resource Development, May 2016
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.S. in Administrative Leadership, August 2012
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.S. in Educational Studies—Adult Education, December 2008                                                       

Research Interests

Military leader development, employee leadership training and performance, cross-industry employee development, veteran workforce transitions, KSA acquisition.

Selected Publications

  • Kirchner, M. J. (2015). Supporting student veteran transition to college and academic success. Adult Learning, 26(3), 116-123.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Akdere, M. (2014). Examining leadership development in the U. S. Army within the human resource development context: Implications for security and defense strategies. Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, 26(3), 351-369.
  • Kirchner, M. J., Coryell, L., & Yelich Biniecki, S. (2014). Promising practices for engaging student veterans. Quality in Higher Education Journal, 5(1), 12-18.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Akdere, M. (2014). Leadership development programs: An integrated review of literature. The Journal of Knowledge Economy and Knowledge Management, IX, 137-146.

Prior Work Experience

Director of UW-Milwaukee’s Military and Veterans Resource Center—Milwaukee, WI
Director of Milwaukee Christian Center’s YouthBuild Program—Milwaukee, WI
Education & Career Coordinator at Milwaukee Christian Center’s YouthBuild Program—Milwaukee, WI
Adult Education Specialist at Journey House—Milwaukee, WI
Juvenile Corrections Officer at Waukesha County Juvenile Center—Waukesha, WI
Cannon Crewmember at Wisconsin Army National Guard—Oak Creek, WI

Courses Taught

  • OLS 25200 - Human Relations in Organizations
  • OLS 37500 - Training Methods

Class Schedule

  • OL 37500-01 - TR, 1:30-2:45 PM SB 185
  • OLS 37500-02M - T, 7:30 PM-8:45 PM LA 35C

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I love football and the great outdoors.
You MAY be able to derail class discussions by asking me a question about fishing, hunting, or the Green Bay Packers.

I’m a Grillmaster!
I competed in the 1st Culver’s Grillmaster Competition—and lost. Miserably.

Bring me the hot sauce.
It’s typical for me to have at least five different hot sauces in my office. The hotter, the better!