Brandon W. Kliewer, Ph.D.
I specialize in working with undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom to advance scholarship that explores how leadership activity can produce change in community, organizations and systems.
- LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership
- LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice
- Leadership communication doctoral program faculty, LEAD 845: Approaches to Community and Public Engagement
Research and grants
A political theorist by training, my research interests consider how democratic and practice theory provide a lens to understand civic leadership, deliberative civic engagement and work/organization-based learning and development. My research is often situated from a critical, dialogic, and constructivist lens.
- Civic leadership
- Deliberative civic engagement
- Theory and practice of democracy
- Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute Grant, co-academic director
- Faculty Recognition Award, XIX Chapter of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, 2019
- Finalist, Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, 2017
- Ubuntu Award, Kansas State University Black Student Union, 2016
- Co-Volunteer of the Year, Konza United Way, 2015
- Florida Campus Compact Graham-Frey Civic Award, 2013
- The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, American Association for State Colleges & Universities, 2013
I advance strategic partnerships with businesses and community organizations interested in designing personalized leadership development experiences connected to the Staley School’s research agenda.
- Kliewer, B. W. (2019). Disentangling Neoliberalism from Leadership Education: Critical Approaches to Leadership Learning and Development. New Political Science, 41:4, 574-587.
- Kliewer, B. W., & Wanjiku Ndurangu, B. (2019). Advancing Reciprocity in Cross-Cultural Leadership Coaching. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(4), 179-187.
- Kliewer, B. W., & Priest, K. L. (2019). Building Collective Leadership Capacity: Lessons Learned from a University-Community Partnership.Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice, 2(1), 16.
- Hartlep, N. D., Lake, D., Purcell, J. W., Bush, A., Perry, L. G., Fleck, B., Kliewer, B. W., Janke, E. M., Markham, P., Orphan, C. M., & Saltmarsh, J. (2019). Toward an Innovative Civic Engagement Pedagogy. eJournal for Public Affairs, Article.
- Priest, K., Kliewer, B. W., & Stephens, C. M. (2018). Kansas Leadership Studies Summit: Cultivating Collaborative Capacity for the Common Good. Journal of Leadership Education, Jul 17(3), 195-207.
- Priest, K., Kliewer, B. W., Hornung, M., & Youngblood, R. J. (2018). The Role of Mentoring, Coaching and Advising in Developing Leadership Identity. New Directions for Student Leadership, 158, 24-35.
- Gott, T., Kliewer, B.W., Priest, K.L., & Tolar, M.H. (2018). The Path Forward: A Case for Openness in Leadership Studies. Journal of Leadership Studies, 12, 56-59.
- Ph.D. in political science, The University of Georgia
- M.A. in political science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- B.A. in political science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- A.A. in military science and general education, Marion Military Institute
More about me
I volunteer with BikeWalkMHK, an organization that enables safe and equitable active transportation on Manhattan’s streets, sidewalks and trails through education and advocacy programs. I also serve on the Kansas Leadership Center's Civic Engagement Advisory Committee. Imagining what is required to revitalize civic life in Kansas energizes my work.