Karl W. Kuhnert

Karl W. Kuhnert is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Georgia where he is the Program Chair of the Applied Psychological Program. 

Karl’s research focuses on how leaders cognitively, interpersonally, and emotionally develop over the life course. Using developmental theory he has found discernible patterns or ways people make sense of their world and how those patterns affect the way people lead others. In recent papers he has shown how developmental level of the leader impacts the performance of senior managers. His long-term research goal is to show how individual development impacts organizational change both theoretically and practically. Karl has published over 60 articles, 13 book chapters and made over 85 conference presentations and served on numerous editorial and review panels. He teaches industrial and organizational psychology, leadership, organizational change and professional ethics. Karl was awarded the Department of Psychology’s Teacher of the Year Award four times, most recently in 2005. He is a member of the American Psychological Association Review Board of Ethics and the UGA Teaching Academy. 

Karl has served as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non profit and government organizations including, United Parcel Service, The Department of Treasury, BellSouth, Emory University, Maersk, The Federal Reserve, Federal Home Loan Bank, The Robert Wood Foundation, and The American Cancer Society. Through his collaboration with the UPS, Karl has received over half a million dollars from the UPS Foundation to support graduate education in the Psychology Department. In 1997, Karl was a finalist for the Worldwide Organizational Development Award for Best Practice and in 2000 was awarded the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for outstanding contributions to the federal government. 

Karl received his BA in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Kansas State University.


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