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Christa Kiersch

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Leadership, Student Leadership Development, Human Resource Management

Current courses at UWL

MGT 483: Employee Training & Development

The Kwik Trip Integrated Core Program:

MGT 323: Professional Communication & Business Consulting 

MGT 308: Organizational Behavior 


Ph.D.: Colorado State University, 2012.

MS: Colorado State University, 2010.

B.S.: University of Iowa, 2007.


Teaching history

MGT308: Organizational Behavior

MGT385: Human Resource Management

MGT412: Leadership & Team Development

MGT483: Employee Training & 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

Cavanagh, T. M., & Kiersch, C. (2022). Using commonly-available technologies to create online multimedia lessons through the application of the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning. Educational Technology Research and Development.

Kiersch, C., Nowicki, K., McDermott, M., & Gullekson, N. (2022). Flossing your teeth and adopting a puppy: In-class exercises for developing critical thinking in a digital age. Management Teaching Review.

Gullekson, N., Kiersch, C., Manno, C., Srinivasan, E., & Vianden, J. (2022). Exploring the differential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees with disabilities: A call for organizational action. Sociation.

Kiersch, C., & Gullekson, N. (2021). Developing character-based leadership through guided self-reflection. International Journal of Management Education. doi: 10.1016/j.ijme.2021.100573

McDermott, M., Gullekson, N., Kiersch, C., Tempski, D. L. (2021). Improving mastery of principles of marketing concepts through interdisciplinary learning and integrated business projects. Marketing Education Review.

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).



Nicole Gullekson, Christa Kiersch and Kelly Nowicki, all Management; and Maggie McDermott, Marketing; co-authored the article "Flossing your teeth and adopting a puppy: In-class exercises for developing critical thinking in a digital age" in Management Teaching Review published on Feb. 8 by Sage Journals.

Submitted on: Mar. 30, 2022



Nicole Gullekson, Christa Kiersch and Christine Manno, all Management; Erica Srinivasan, Psychology; and Jörg Vianden, Student Affairs; co-authored the article "Exploring the Differential Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Employees with Disabilities: A Call for Organizational Action" in Sociation published on March 22 by North Carolina Sociological Association.

Submitted on: Mar. 30, 2022



Nicole Gullekson and Christa Kiersch, both Management, co-authored the article "Developing Character-Based Leadership through Guided Self Reflection" in International Journal of Management Education published on Oct. 31, 2021 by Elsevier BV.

Submitted on: Mar. 15, 2022



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, 2021



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, 2021