Kirk G. Mensch, Ph.D.

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 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.”


Phone: 484-581-1263
Fax: 484-581-1276


  • Ph.D. Religion & Psychology
    Thesis Title - Moral disengagement, hope and spirituality in combat veterans.
    Under the Supervision of Prof. Esther Reed (Religion) & Dr. Avril Mewse (Psychology)
    University of Exeter
    Exeter, 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

    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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