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Assistant Professor

  • Office: Neff 288D
  • Office Hours:

                 Tuesday 12:30 PM-1:30 PM

                 Thursday 12:30 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., & Minnis, S. (In-press). College majors: Leading you to employment. In D. Vacchi (Ed.), Straight talk for veterans: A guide to transitioning into higher education and the civilian workplace. Pennsauken, NJ: BookBaby. 
  • Minnis, S., & Kirchner, M. J. (In-press). Resources for academic success. In D. Vacchi (Ed.), Straight talk for veterans: A guide to transitioning into higher education and the civilian workplace. Pennsauken, NJ: BookBaby
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Akdere, M. (2019). Exploring inclusion of military leadership development into new employee orientations: A proposed approach from Army leader development. Organizational Management Journal.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Yelich Biniecki, S. (2019). Career Pathways and Workforce Development: A proposed framework for supporting student veterans. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Akdere, M. (2019). An Empirical Investigation of the Acquisition of Leadership KSAs in U.S. Army: Implications for Veterans’ Vocational Transitions. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(1), 110-127.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Schmidt, G. (2018). Applying on-the-job training in a live setting: An example from a TedX event. Journal of Human Resources Education, 12(4), 1-12.
  • Akdere, M., Hickman, L, & Kirchner, M. J. (2018). Developing leadership competencies for STEM fields: The case of Purdue Polytechnic Leadership Academy. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 21(1) 49-71.
  • Kirchner, M. J., Minnis, S. (2018). Military-friendly employers: A thematic review of their practices. Journal of Veterans Studies, 3(2), 94-108.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & O’Connor, K. (2018). Self-reflection for service member professional development: Identifying the KSAs of Army education. Journal of Military Learning, 2, 47-57.
  • Kirchner, M. J. (2018). Veteran as leader: The lived experience with Army leader development. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 29(1), 67-85.
  • Kirchner, M. J., & Akdere, M. (2017). Military leadership development strategies in commercial training: Implications for technology and innovation. Industrial and Commercial Training Journal 49(7/8), 357-364.
  • 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 47500 - Human Resources Development
  • OLS 51500 - Foundations of Human Resources
  • OLS 25200 - Human Behavior in Organizations
  • OLS 37500 - Training Methods

Class Schedule

  • OLS 37500-01l; T, DIS, OCIN
  • OLS 37500-02; TR, 3:00 PM-4:14 PM, SB G69 
  • OLS 47500-01; TR, 1:30 PM-2:45 PM, KT G52

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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!