Kirk G. Mensch, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kirk G. Mensch is Associate Professor in the College of Business and Leadership at Eastern University. He is a former U.S. Intelligence Community Officer who served in many capacities over 20 years of public service. He has visited many delightful and stimulating places while working with the Intelligence Community, but would not recommend many of these locations as potential vacation destinations. He was a paratrooper and commander with the famed 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to combat in 2002 where he was responsible for conducting intelligence operations and analysis for the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment based in the Kandahar Province of southeastern Afghanistan.
Dr. Mensch began his academic career as assistant professor at the College of William and Mary in 2004. He has taught at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels and holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics, a Masters of Business Administration, and two earned PhD’s. His research focuses in moral psychology, an interdisciplinary field endeavoring to create synergies between philosophical and theological ethics, and psychology.
In 2013 Dr. Mensch was made Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford University in the Beta Phi Literary Society, a fraternity of ‘misfit scholars’ with ties to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and The Inklings. In 2015 he humbly accepted the Walter de Stapledon Philosophiae Award for significant contributions to the Academy. His recent project entitled “Moral Disengagement, Hope and Spirituality” has been particularly appealing to military and police organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom who are attempting to deal with issues related to post-traumatic stress and the detrimental effects of self-destructive behaviors.
Kirk’s favorite quote, an old Breton fisherman’s prayer, is telling of his worldview; “Oh God, Thy Sea is so great, and my boat is so small.”
- Ph.D. Religion & Theology (focus in moral psychology)
Doctoral Thesis Title: Moral Disengagement, Hope and Spirituality in Combat Veterans.
Under the Supervision of Prof. Esther Reed
University of Exeter
Devon, United Kingdom
- Ph.D. Human Resource Development & Organizational Leadership
Doctoral Dissertation Title: Belief and Moral Judgement: Considering Implications of a Religious Paradox in Neo-Kohlbergian Moral Reasoning.
Under the Supervision of Prof. Paul B. Carr
Regent University, School of Business & Leadership
Virginia Beach, VA
School of Business and Technology
Saint Louis, MO
- B.S. Economics
Army ROTC, Distinguished Military Graduate
West Virginia University
College of Business and Economics
- Mensch, K. G. (2016). Moral Disengagement, Hope & Spirituality: Including an empirical exploration of combat veterans. Doctoral Thesis; University of Exeter, UK.
- Murthy, S., Dingman, M. & Mensch, K (2011). Experiential leader development at the United States Marine Corps Intelligence: A pilot study evaluation. Organization Development Journal, 29(3).
- Mensch, K., & Dingman, M. (2010). Redefining leader development: Organizational learning that encourages a culture of transformation. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 6(1).
- Mensch, K. G.(2009). Belief and Moral Judgment: Considering Implications of a Religious Paradox in neo-Kohlbergian Moral Reasoning, Doctoral Dissertation, Regent University.
- Mensch, K. G. & Rahschulte, T. (2008). Military Leader Development and Autonomous Learning: Responding to the growing complexity of warfare, Human Resources Development Quarterly, 19(3).