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Oklahoma State University


School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Aviation
Aso Prof/Endowed Prof

Phone: 405-697-8263

Curriculum Vitae


Kerri Kearney, M.B.A., Ed.D., is an associate professor in Higher Education & Student Affairs. Through her work, she prepares individuals to lead at institutions of higher education or function in related research or policy roles. She teaches and advises students almost exclusively at the doctoral level. Her research, teaching, and service agendas focus on the broad areas of other mothering issues (fostering and adoption) with an emphasis on college students who are alumni of foster care, the role of emotions in human transition, issues related to organizational behavior, and visual or arts-based methodologies in qualitative research. She is also the founder and leader of the RisforThursday Statewide Network of Oklahoma (, a collaborative higher education and community effort that focuses on former foster youth enrolled at Oklahoma colleges and universities. Prior to joining academia in 2004, her professional experience spanned 20 years of organizational consulting and education, always with an emphasis on service and development of organizations and people. As a senior consultant for a downsizing and leader relocation company in Austin, Texas, she coached mid- through executive-level clients through significant professional transitions. Subsequently, as a senior corporate trainer and internal consultant with WorldCom, she facilitated organizational development work and guided the people integration of multiple acquisitions including Chicago-based Metropolitan Fiber Systems and MCI. In 2000 she was asked to collaborate on the startup of an organizational consulting firm (now known as Executive Development Associates) serving Fortune 500 companies; in that role she served as an individual consultant and executive coach for companies such as St. Lukes Health Network, Aggreko, HSBC, Dun & Bradstreet, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Firearms, and the Federal Aviation Administration; she also served as the vice president of client services until joining academia in 2004. After briefly mixing the demands of her academic position and contract consulting, she left the consulting world in 2008 to focus exclusively on her work at OSU.


Persistence and retention of foster alumni in college, invisible populations on the college campus, adoption, other mothering, emotions in human transition, organizational behavior and theory, organizational change, qualitative research, visual or arts based qualitative methodologies, organizational consulting, organizational development, executive coaching