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Kirk G. Mensch, Ph.D.

Kirk G. Mensch, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kirk G. Mensch is Associate Professor at Eastern University and a Walter de Stapledon Scholar. He was made Fellow in the ΒΦ Literary Society at Oxford University in 2013. Kirk is a former U.S. Intelligence Community Officer who spent over 20 years in public service. He served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division and commanded paratroopers during two tours at Fort Bragg. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Military Science & Leadership at the College of William & Mary in 2004. Kirk defended his thesis entitled "Moral Disengagement, Hope & Spirituality" for the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology & Religion at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). Kirk also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership & Human Resource Development, a M.B.A., and a B.S. in Economics. His research focuses on moral resiliency and ethical leadership. 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.”


Phone: 484-581-1263
Fax: 484-581-1276
Email: kmensch@eastern.edu


  • 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
  • M.B.A.
    Webster University
    School of Business and Technology
    Saint Louis, MO
  • B.S. Economics
    Army ROTC, Distinguished Military Graduate
    West Virginia University
    College of Business and Economics
    Morgantown, WV

    Research Interests and Selected Publications

    • 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).

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