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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Brandon W. Kliewer, Ph.D.

Brandon W. Kliewer, Ph.D. Associate professor
bkliewer@ksu.edu, View my CV
Strategic | Achiever | Learner | Input | Individualization
Campus office: 217 Leadership Studies Building


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.

Current courses

  • 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

Grant awards

  • 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 DevelopmentNew 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.