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Kit Kacirek

Kit Kacirek

Associate Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(RHRC)-Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders

Phone: 479-575-4875

Fax: (479) 575-3319

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Kit Brooks Kacirek teaches Adult Education/Human Resource Development (HRD) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her experiences as an external consultant has influenced her teaching philosophy and guides her research agenda which focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice in HRD and leadership development. In addition to faculty responsibilities, she facilitates professional development services for clients of the Sam M. Walton College of Business Center for Management and Executive Development. Her consulting and research has included several international assignments. She recently she spent a month in Morocco conducting a needs assessment for a proposed women’s health clinic and co-facilitated a leadership development program in Tunisia. Dr. Kacirek is currently working with a team of professionals to provide leadership development to an international nonprofit organization at their various locations across the globe. She has published practitioner-relevant cases in Training and Development’s In Action Series as well as in various scholarly journals.

Ed.D., University of Arkansas, Adult Education, 1998
M.Ed., University of Arkansas, Adult Education, 1994
B.S., University of Texas, Natural Science, 1975

Publications:

Brooks, K., Crutchfield, E., Martinson, D., Eaves, J., & Smith, G. (2002). Process mapping the three Ps: Planning policies, procedures and programming changes prior to implementing a campus procurement card initiative. In J. j. Phillips & P. P. Phillips (Eds.), In action: Measuring roi in the public sector (pp. 117-130). Alexandria, VA: ASTD Publishing.

Book Chapters

Beck, J.K. & Kacirek, K. (2012). Defining technology challenges to growth of an international non-governmental organization (NGO): A case study, Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling, and Training. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, Chapter 25, pp. 330-348.

Grover, K. S., Kacirek, K., & Goldman, J. (2012). The psychology of inclusive decision-making. In M. Miller and J. Murry (Eds.). Staff Governance and Institutional Policy Formation. A Volume in the Series Educational Policy in the 21st Century. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.

Kacirek, K. & Beck, J. K. (2012). Challenges in international consulting: A leadership case study, Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling, and Training. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, Chapter 53, pp. 726-745.

Beck, J., & Kacirek, K. (2010). Using qualitative methods to evaluate distance education: A case study. In V. C. X. Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education     Integration.

Deggs, D., Grover, K., & Kacirek, K. (submitted for review, 2009). Impact of virtual learning environments on the future of adult education and training.  In V. C. X. Wang (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration.

Kacirek, K., Beck, J., & Grover, K. (2009). Career and technical education: Myths, metrics, and metamorphosis. In V.C.X. Wang & K. P. King (Eds.), Definitive readings in the history, philosophy, practice and theories of career and technical education. (pp.23-32). Hangzhou, China: Zhejiang University Press.

Kacirek, K., (2009). The learning process and human performance. In V.C.X. Wang & K. P. King (Eds.), Fundamentals of human performance and training (pp.23-32). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Brooks, K., Crutchfield, E., Martinson, D., Eaves, J., & Smith, G. (2002). Process mapping the three Ps: Planning policies, procedures and programming changes prior to implementing a campus procurement card initiative. In J. J. Phillips & P. P. Phillips (Eds.), In action: Measuring roi in the public sector (pp. 117-130). Alexandria, VA: ASTD Publishing.

Hatcher, T., Brooks, K., (2000). Using performance analysis to influence employee turnover. In J. J. Phillips & P. P. Phillips (Eds.), In action: Performance analysis and consulting, (pp. 109-134). Alexandria, VA: ASTD Publishing.

Book Review

Brooks, K. (2003). [Review of the book Primal leadership: Realizing the power of emotional intelligence]. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 14(2), 235-238.  

Peer Reviewed Articles

Muyia, H., Kacirek, K., & Nafukho, F. (2010). An empirical study of a leadership development training program and its impact on emotional quotient (EQ) scores. In F. Nafukho, H. Muyia & K. Kacirek (Eds.), Advances in Human Resource Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Deggs, D., Grover, K., & Kacirek, K. (2010) Expectations of adult graduate students in an online degree program. College Student Journal 44(3), 690-699.

Deggs, D., Grover, K., & Kacirek, K. (2010). Using message boards to conduct online focus groups. The Qualitative Report, 15(4), 1027-1036. Available http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR15-4/deggs.pdf

Nafukho, F., Roessler, R., & Kacirek, K. (2010). Disability as diversity factor: Implications for human resource practices. In F. Nafukho, R. Roessler (Eds.) Advances in Human Resource Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Nafukho, F., Graham, C., & Kacirek, K. (2010). Education service agency audits reinforcing the need for systematic evaluation. Journal of European Industrial Training.

Brooks, K., Mungania, P., Beck J., Nafukho, F., & Fike, G. (2007). AHRD International Research Conference.  Presentation Title: Defining the leadership challenges to growth of an international NGO, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Brooks, K., & Nafukho, F. (2006). HRD, social capital and emotional intelligence: Any link to productivity? Journal of European Industrial Training (JEIT), 30(2), pp.117-128.

Nafukho, F., Graham, C., Kacirek, K. (in press 2009). Education service agency audits reinforcing the need for systematic evaluation. Journal of European Industrial Training.

Ripley, D., Hudson, I., Turner, R., & Brooks, K. (2006). Cross-national similarities and differences in       employee         perceptions of issues in the work environment. Performance Improvement          Quarterly, 19(1), pp. 41-66. Note: I was one of 13 scholars who assisted in gathering data for this study aside from the primary authors.

Brooks, K. & Grover, K. (2006) Yearn, learn, earn, and return: A systems analysis of the impact of a degree completion program for working adults. International Journal of Learning.

Nafukho, F., Hariston, N., & Brooks, K. (submitted 2004). Human capital theory, HRD and economic growth. Journal of European Industrial Training (JEIT).

Nafukho, F., Thompson, D, & Brooks, K. (2003). Factors predicting success in a distance learning undergraduate HRD program. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training.

Thompson, D., Brooks, K., & Lizarraga, E. (2003). Transfer of learning: From the distance classroom to the workplace. Journal of Evaluation in Higher Education. 28(5), 539 –547.

Thompson, D., Brooks, K., & Lizarraga, E. (2003). Adult students’ and their work supervisors’ perceptions of a non-traditional bachelor’s degree program: A qualitative study. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 10(2), 81–92.

Brooks, K., & Hinton, B. (accepted 2002). Women helping women. Convergence Journal, International Council for Adult Education.

Brooks, K. (2002). The influence of focus group feedback on the three organizational levels of an international retailer. Journal of Strategic Direction. 18, 11.

Brooks, K. (2002). The influence of focus group feedback on the three organizational levels of an international retailer. Journal of European Industrial Training (JEIT). 26, 204-206.

Thompson, D., Brooks, K., & Lizarraga, E. (2002). Adult students’ and their work supervisor’s perceptions of a non-traditional bachelors degree program. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training. 10, 81-92.

Thompson, D., Hinton, B., & Brooks, K. (Submitted Fall 2001). Developing and delivering a multi-site distance learning program for working adults. Convergence.