Profile for Christa Kiersch

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Specialty area(s)

Leadership, Student Leadership Development, Human Resource Management

Current courses at UWL

Dr. Kiersch is on sabbatical leave for the 2020/21 academic year. 


Ph.D.: Colorado State University, 2012.

MS: Colorado State University, 2010.

B.S.: University of Iowa, 2007.

Teaching history

MGT308: Theory & Behavior in Organizations

MGT385: Employment (Human Resource Management)

MGT412: Leadership & Team Development

MGT483: Human Resource Development

MGT400: Global Consulting Program (a faculty-led study abroad experience in Bratislava, Slovakia)

MGT 323 (Professional Communication & Business Consulting) & the CBA Integrated Core Program

Research and publishing

Macpherson, A., Kiersch, C. ,& Antonacopoulou, E. (2020). Can senior management sustain engagement and identification to support learning Designing communities and defining goals. Journal of Strategy and Management. doi: 10.1108/JSMA-07-2019-0136

Kiersch, C., Peters, J. (2017). Leadership from the inside out: Student leadership development within authentic and servant leadership frameworks. Journal of Leadership Education. 

Kiersch, C. E., Byrne, Z. S. (2015). Is being authentic being fair? Multilevel examination of authentic leadership, justice, and employee outcomes. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 22, 292-303. doi: 10.1177/1548051815570035.

Hansen, A., Byrne, Z. S., & Kiersch, C. E. (2014). Interpersonal leadership and organizational identification’s relation to employee engagement. Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Gonzalez-Mulé, E., DeGeest, D., Kiersch, C. E., & Mount, M. K. (2013). Gender differences in personality predictors of counterproductive behavior. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 28(4), 217-244. doi: 10.1108/JMP-12-2012-0397.

Hansen, A. M., Byrne, Z. S., & Kiersch, C. E. (2013). Development and validation of an abridged measure of organizational justice. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 147(3), 217-244. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2012.683054

Byrne, Z.S., Kiersch, C.E., Weidert, J. & Smith, C. (2012). The justice-oriented face of organizations. In M.A. Sarlak (Ed.), The new faces of organizations in 21st Century.

Ganster, D.C., Kiersch, C.E., Marsh, R.E., & Bowen, A.(2011). Performance based rewards and work stress. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 31, 221-235.

Byrne, Z.S., Kiersch, C. E., Smith, C., & Weidert, J. (2011). The engaged employee face of organizations. In M. A. Sarlak (Ed.), The new faces of organizations in 21st century (Vol. 1). NAISIT Publisher. (pp. 93-135).



Kristin Koepke, CATL; Christa Kiersch, Management; and Alexander O'Brien, Psychology; presented "How to Marie Kondo Your Course: Applying Cognitive Load Theory to Tidy Up Courses for Online Learning and Beyond" at The Joys of Teaching and Learning (OPID - UW System) on April 9 online.

Submitted on: May 3



Megan Litster, Biology; Kristin Koepke, CATL; Lindsay Steiner, English; and Nicole Gullekson and Christa Kiersch, both Management; presented "Transforming Forced Virtual Learning into Opportunities to Develop Virtual Teamwork Competencies in Management Students" at Western Academy of Management on April 22 online.

Submitted on: April 23



Christa Kiersch, Management, designed a partnership project with Great Rivers United Way for "The Applied HRM Service-Learning Externship". Christa began a partnership project with Great Rivers United Way in Fall 2018, which led to a course-embedded applied research project in Spring 2019 in which students worked with area nonprofits to better understand and research solutions for their most pressing HR-related challenges. With support from the UWL Margins of Excellence Initiative, a team of 5 students continued the project in Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and ultimately create an evidence-based, online 'HR Toolkit' for the nonprofit organizations affiliated with Great Rivers United Way.

Submitted on: May 28, 2020



Christa Kiersch, Management, co-authored the article "Can senior management sustain engagement and identification to support learning? Designing communities and defining goals." in the Journal of Strategy and Management published on Dec. 17, 2019 by Emerald Publishing.

Submitted on: May 18, 2020



Christa Kiersch, Management, facilitated "Connecting Research to Practice" during the spring 2019 semester in La Crosse, WI. “Students in two sections of Kiersch’s MGT 385: Human Resources Management collaborated on teams to address non-profit human resources challenges in partnership with Great Rivers United Way during the spring 2019 semester. They presented final reports at semester’s end to stakeholders, including Great Rivers United Way’s Community Impact Director Liz Evans.” For details see:

Submitted on: April 23, 2020