Kimberly A. Carlson

Asst. Professor of Practice/Business Leadership Center Director

Office Hours:
Wed. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Or by appointment

Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2011
M.S.W., Florida State University, 2000
B.S., Psychology, 1997
B.A., Theatre, 1997


Kimberly A. Carlson (Ph.D., Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Management and the Director of the Business Leadership Center and the Business Diversity Center in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, as well as an instructor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy. Previously, Dr. Carlson served as adjunct faculty for the Political Science Department and as the Assistant Director for Presidential Global Scholars, a semester-abroad program, and Fulbright Program Adviser in University Honors at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Carlson’s teaching and research experiences include leadership, organizational and workforce development in national and local organizations, governments, and universities. Particularly, her dissertation research was focused on succession planning processes in university-wide research institutes in public, doctoral universities with very high research activity.

Holding a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Sociology from Virginia Tech and an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work and a certificate in Arts and Community Practice from Florida State University, Dr. Carlson has held a variety of positions related to community engagement, strategic planning, and arts education. Before returning to Virginia Tech, she worked as a director for community arts and arts education programs at various arts organizations in both Oklahoma City, OK and Pensacola, FL. Since returning to Virginia Tech, she completed three certificates – Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Management, Future Professoriate, and Higher Education Administration – and has worked on the Arts Initiative for Virginia Tech through the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development and with the Long Range Planning effort through the Office of the Senior Fellow for International Advancement. She also served as the Chief Justice of the Graduate Honor System and as Editor-in-Chief of Public Knowledge Journal.

Currently, Dr. Carlson serves as a community adviser on the Distribution Committee at the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, as a member of the editorial team for About Campus, a quarterly publication of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and as the Second Vice Chair of Virginia Tech’s newly formed Women’s Alliance. She advises two student organizations. The Leadership Development Team (LDT) coordinates Pamplin’s Annual Student Leadership Conference and conducts leadership training workshops for student groups across campus. The Pamplin Multicultural Diversity Council (PMDC) coordinates Pamplin’s Annual Diversity Conference and Case Competition.

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