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Kevin Wesley

Associate Professor of Practice in Management
HLH 325 B
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
(402) 472-3915
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Areas of Expertise
  • Leadership
  • Employment Law
  • Human Resource Management
Vita Kevin R. Wesley, J.D., Ph.D.
CliftonStrengths ®
  • Learner
  • Achiever
  • Belief
  • Individualization
  • Self-Assurance

Dr. Kevin Wesley joined the College of Business team in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Management. Dr. Wesley’s doctoral research focused on identifying the factors that motivate workers. His research applied a leadership and motivation model developed by Frederick Herzberg to assess the motivation level of workers at a manufacturing company in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to Herzberg’s research approach, Dr. Wesley developed a mixed-methods research design incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods that analyzed and merged data from interviews, observations, and surveys.  Prior to his appointment to the College of Business, he was an Adjunct Professor teaching Public School Law, and served as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for UNL.

Dr. Wesley teaches Employment Law (undergraduate and graduate levels), Human Resource ManagementIntroduction to Leadership and Management (Business Majors / Minors / Honors Academy), and Organizational Behavior.   He is also the Faculty Leader for the International Study Abroad program in Aixe-en Provence, France, and the Faculty representative for the Student Ethics Board.

Previously, Dr. Wesley (Commander Wesley) served 24 years as an active duty Naval Flight Officer flying the EA-6B Prowler, an aircraft carrier-based jet, and completed multiple combat deployments to various locations.  In his final operational deployment as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer, he was embedded with the 2/25th and 1/8 Marines conducting both security and Iraqi First missions in western Iraq. In addition to operational duties, Dr. Wesley served on the European Headquarters Command staff in Stuttgart, Germany and was a direct adviser to the Commander, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as a Non-Strategic Nuclear Force officer.  His final active duty assignment brought him to “The Good Life” as the Executive Officer of the Navy/Marine Corps ROTC Unit, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from UNL’s Education Administration Department.  Following his retirement from active duty, Dr. Wesley earned his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law while interning with the Lancaster County Prosecutor’s office.  Dr. Wesley is a licensed attorney and member of the Nebraska State Bar.


Selected Presentations
  • Presenter: Women in Educational Leadership Conference, The “How To” of Applying Theories of Self-efficacy and Worker Motivation through the Lens of Gallup Strengths,” Lincoln, NE, October 14, 2019.
Consulting Work
  • Strengths Training Coach/Facilitator: University of Nebraska-Kearney, Registrar’s Office, June 26, 2019.
  • Leadership and Planning development programs and processes for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department (UNLPD).
Graduate Courses
  • Employment Law / Regulatory Environment, MNGT 866 (MBA Online / HR Certificate)
Undergraduate Courses
  • Employment Law / Regulatory Environment, MNGT 466 / 866; ECON 485 / 885
  • Introduction to Management, MNGT 301; MNGT 301H
  • Management Essentials for Organizations, MNGT 300
  • Organizational Behavior, MNGT 360
  • Human Resource Management, MNGT 361
  • Independent Study, MNGT 399
Teaching Interests
  • Employment Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Gallup Strengths
  • Campus Security
Professional Service
External Service
  • Guest Speaker, Army ROTC Military Ball, Havelock Event Center, December 6, 2019.
Institutional Service
  • Member: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Spring 2020-current.
  • Member: Scholarship and Awards Committee, Fall 2021-current.
  • Member: Human Resource Advisory Board—Partnership Summit, Spring 2021-current.
  • Advisor, Student Ethics Board.
    • Co-Leader, State Farm Business with Integrity Case Competition, January 2022.
  • Faculty Leader, International Study Abroad--France.
  • Faculty Leader: International Study Abroad: Cost Rica.
  • Awarded: Outstanding Professor Award, Delta Sigma Pi, Alpha Delta Chapter, November 2016.
    • Member: Delta Sigma Pi Initiation Banquet, November 10, 2017.
  • Awarded: Favorite Professor, Chi Omega Professor Dinner, November 6, 2017.
  • Nominated: Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Business, December 2017.
  • Awarded: “Parents Recognition Award,” certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL Parents Association, February 2, 2018.
  • Awarded: “Dean’s Coin” in recognition of teaching excellence, April 2018.
  • Awarded: “Parents Recognition Award,” certificate of recognition for contributions to students, UNL Parents Association, March 1, 2019. (Second Award)
  • Awarded: Mortar Board’s Professor of the Month Award, September 11, 2019.
  • Nominated: Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Business, January 2020.
  • Nominated: Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Business, January 2021.