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Dr. Christopher Kelley

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

Christopher Kelley
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(719) 333-3056

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Bio

Dr. Christopher P Kelley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy. His research focuses on the basic social, interpersonal, and organizational processes. Dr. Kelley earned his MA (2008) and PhD (2014) from the University of Iowa in sociology with specializations in social psychology, complex organizations, theory development, and research methods.

Education

2014                Ph.D. in Sociology University of Iowa. Thesis: The Power of Identity in Important Leadership Decisions

2008                M.A. in Sociology. University of Iowa. Thesis: Age Status

2004                B.A. English & B.A. Sociology. The University of Akron

1995                B.A. Political Science. Miami University (Oxford, OH)

Professional Experience

PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Associate Professor of Leadership 2021 – Present

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

Assistant Professor of Leadership 2018 – 2020

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

Instructor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership 2016 – 2018

Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

United States Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

Truman State University 2014 – 2015

Temporary Assistant Professor of Sociology

Director of Sociology’s Cooperative Human Interaction Lab

University of Iowa 2005 – 2014

Instructor, Department of Sociology 2010-13

Social Psychology, Sociological Theory, Soc-Psych Special Topics

Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Sociology 2005-13

Managing Director, Center for Study of Group Processes 2008-11

Director of Operations, Center for the Study of Group Processes 2007-08

Lab Manager, Center for the Study of Group Processes 2006-07

Honors & Awards

2020      DFBL nominee for the Falcon Team Award for leading the DFBL Core Leadership Course Team as Leadership 200 Course Director.

2019    DFBL nominee for the Falcon Team Award for leading the DFBL Capstone Team as Capstone Course Director.

2018      Lindsay Researcher of the Year Award, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, United States Air Force Academy.

2013       Graduate College Summer Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts

2011      Carl J. Couch Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa

2010       Promoting Achievement and Diversity Award, Gamma Chapter Foundation for the Creation and Development of the Terra Hawk Leadership Group Training Program.

2007       Sandra H. Barkan Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, $300 from the University of Iowa Graduate College

2006       David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship Award, $3000 for outstanding academic scholarship and contribution to the community, University of Iowa Office of Student Disability Services

Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Kelley's research investigates the basic social processes that are involved in leadership including influence, power, status and trust. Recent work investigates the role of identity and emotion in information use and avoidance.

Publications

Recent Publications

2021   Soboroff, Shane D. & Christopher P. Kelley “Modeling Status Interventions with Affect Control Theory” Forthcoming in American Behavioral Scientist.

2020   Metcalfe, Amanda, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P Kelley “Social and Leadership Processes within the Kurdish Women’s Freedom Movement.” Res Militaris. Vol 10 (2).

2019   Baxter, Amy, Christopher P. Kelley, Peter J. Reiley, and Jeffrey W. Lucas. “We (Might) Want You: Expectations of Veterans' General Competence and Leadership.” Current Research in Social Psychology. Vol. 28(1): 1-9.

2019   Soboroff, Shane D., Christopher P. Kelley, Michael J. Lovaglia. “Group Size, Commitment, Trust, and Mutual Awareness” Sociological Quarterly. Vol 60, No 30.

2018   Kelley, Christopher P., Shane D. Soboroff, Andrew D. Katayama, & Michael J. Lovaglia. “Institutional Reforms and the Recoupling of Academic and Athletic Performance in High-Profile College Sports” The Sports Journal. Vol 20.

2018    Reiley, Peter J., Christopher P. Kelley, & Shane D. Soboroff. “Military leadership and the effective use of power and influence”. In D. Watola & A. MacIntyre (Eds.), From knowing to doing: International perspectives on leading effectively. Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Defense Academy Press.

2018   Raymer, Steven D., James M. Dobbs, Christopher P. Kelley, & Douglass R. Lindsey. “Leadership Education and Development – Theory Driven Evolutions”. Journal of Leadership Education.

2018    Lovaglia, Michael J., Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, & Jeffrey Lucas, “Systematic  Interventions,” in J. Trevino and A. Marvasti (Eds.), Researching Social Problems. New York: Routledge

2017    Kelley, Christopher P., Shane D. Soboroff, & Michael J. Lovaglia. “The Status Value of Age.” Social Science Research. Vol 66, pp. 22-31.

2017    Kelley, Christopher P., James M. Dobbs, Jeffrey W. Lucas, & Michael J. Lovaglia, “Power and Status: The Building Blocks of Effective Leadership.”  Journal of Character & Leadership Integration, Vol. 4, pp. 55-76.

2017    Raymer, Steven, Christopher P. Kelley, & Matthew Laney. “Chapter 8: Alignment through Technology: How Leaders can use Organizational Structure to Create a Culture of Empowerment.” Pp 149-164 in D.J. Watola & A. MacIntyre (Eds.), The Impact of Technology on Leadership. International Military Leadership Association.

2017    Lovaglia, Michael J., Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, Christabel Rogalin, & Jeffrey W. Lucas. “The Status Value of Age and Gender: Modeling Combined Effects of Diffuse Status Characteristics.”  Advances in Group Processes, Vol 34. Shane Thye and Ed Lawler (Eds). Emerald Group Publishing Bingley. UK.

2010    Lovaglia, Michael J., Jeffrey W. Lucas, Wesley Huey, Christopher P. Kelley, & Shane D. Soboroff. “The Social Psychology of Leadership in Science and Technology.” pp 69-76 in Leadership in Science and Technology. Edited by William Sims. Bainbridge, SAGE.

2008    Lovaglia, Michael J., Christabel L. Rogalin, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley & Jeffrey W. Lucas. “Humor and the Effectiveness of Diverse Leaders.” pp 21-35 in Social Structure and Emotion, edited by Dawn Robinson and Lynn Smith-Lovin. Elsevier. Recipient of 2010 Outstanding Recent Contribution to the Literature—Book Award from the Emotions Section of the American Sociological Association.

2008    Kelley, Christopher P. & Steve Hitlin. Overview of “The Work of John Clausen – Planful Competence.” pp. 91-92 in Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, Edited by Deborah Carr. Thomson.

2007    Leicht, Kevin T., Douglas Tompkins, Tina Wildhagen, Christabel L. Rogalin, Shane D. Soboroff, Christopher P. Kelley, Charisse Long, & Michael J. Lovaglia. “Women’s Predominance in College Enrollment: Labor Market and Gender Identity Explanations.” Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 24, pp. 283-309.