Judy LaValley

Advisor: Dr. Clive Fullagar

Description of Research

Leadership Development is my primary research interest.  My research program examines the relationship between organizational culture and leadership.  My most-recent research project investigated the effect of organizational culture on organizational members’ implicit leadership theories (ILTs), which are individuals’ cognitive leadership templates.  Future research may explore the implications of the relationship between organizational culture and members’ ILTs for organizational outcomes such as retention, diversity, and gender roles/norms, and military issues such as joint interoperability and development of MOOTW/PSO capabilities such as peacemaking, peacekeeping, and state building.

Publications & Presentations
LaValley, J. B. (2014, May 18). Leader identity: How is it shaped by organizational culture and leadership schemas?  Paper presented at Advancing Theories of Women and Leadership Colloquium, Orem, UT.

LaValley, J. B.  (2012).  "Leadership schemas: The influence of organizational culture on implicit leadership theories".  Poster presentation at the 14th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association, Denver, CO.

LaValley, J. B.  (2009).  “The Crisis of Success: US Military Leadership in the Post-Cold War Strategic Environment”.  Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Studying Leadership, Birmingham, UK.
Scholarships and Awards
  • Consortium Research Fellowship
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

  • M.A. awarded with Merit, University of Birmingham
  • Air Force Association-FCEF Air Force Excellence Scholarship
  • Partial Bursary, POLSIS Dept., University of Birmingham
  • Dean's List, United States Air Force Academy
  • National Merit Scholarship (declined, designated Honorary N.M. Scholar)

Research/Applied Experience
  • Consortium Research Fellow, Leader Development Unit, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral & Social Sciences – 2013-2014
  • Consultant, International Performance Management process, Payless ShoeSource – 2013
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University – 2011-2012
  • Internship, Center for Character & Leadership Development, United States Air Force Academy - 2011
Teaching Experience


Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award (Louisiana Aerospace Educator of the Year) – 2007, 2008

Representative Courses Directed

Aerospace Education – Civil Air Patrol

Training Leaders of Cadets – Civil Air Patrol

Advanced Parachuting – US Air Force

Representative Courses Taught

Aerospace Education – Civil Air Patrol

Planning & Decision Making – Civil Air Patrol

Basic & Advanced Parachuting – US Air Force


M.S. - Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Kansas State University

M.A. (with Merit) - International Studies (Security Studies), University of Birmingham

M.H.R. - Human Relations (Organizational Behavior), University of Oklahoma

B.S. - American History (U.S. Foreign Policy), United States Air Force Academy

Contact Information

E-mail: lavalley@ksu.edu