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Dr. Michael J. Kirchner

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Dr. Michael J. Kirchner is an assistant professor of organizational leadership at Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he teaches courses in leadership and human resource development. Dr. Kirchner also serves as the campus' veteran resource center director.

Previously, Kirchner oversaw the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Military and Veterans Resource Center, where he guided programming for the campus' 1,500+ military-affiliated student population. Under his leadership (2013-2016), the campus built a nationally recognized "military-college-career" framework focusing on supporting student veteran transitions.

Kirchner earned his Ph.D. in human resource development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research on career transitions and leadership development has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Industrial and Commercial Training.

Kirchner is the founder and president of Time for Development LLC, where he provides consulting to organizations on military-friendly programming, human resource development strategy, and training design. He served for a year in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004-2005 as part of the U.S. Army National Guard.

Kirchner is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.


Creating Inclusive Campuses for Student Veterans
Stephanie Szitanyi, Ph.D.
May 6, 2022 • ~5 Min Read
Best Online Military-Friendly Colleges
Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D.
March 7, 2022 • ~2 Min Read
5 Ways Student Veterans Can Maximize GI Bill® Benefits
Staff Writers
January 31, 2022 • ~4 Min Read
Understanding Student Veteran Experiences on Campus
Vanesha McGee, M.Ed.
November 9, 2021 • ~1 Min Read
Scholarships for Military Service Members and Student Veterans
Heather Mullinix
November 5, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
Scholarships for Military Dependents and Families
Heather Mullinix
October 11, 2021 • ~6 Min Read
The Student Guide for ROTC Programs
Staff Writers
October 27, 2020 • ~0 Min Read
Guide to Military Careers
Staff Writers
October 27, 2020 • ~6 Min Read
College Guide for Military Service Members and Student Veterans
Meg Whitenton
February 25, 2019 • ~2 Min Read