Michael Kirchner


Dr. Michael Kirchner is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Technology Leadership and Innovation Department at Purdue University, currently teaching courses on organization leadership, change management, and strategic planning.

Kirchner is a combat veteran, having spent six years in the Army National Guard, including a year-long deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. Over the past seven years, Kirchner served as director of two non-profit organizations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and provided instruction to adults pursuing their general education diplomas. In July 2013, he was appointed director of the new Military and Veterans Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he oversaw the development and implementation of support services for more than 1,000 student veterans annually.

Kirchner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education, a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership, and a Doctorate in Human Resource Development—all from UW-Milwaukee. He has offered organization development consulting for three years to more than a dozen non-profit organizations nationally. His research and areas of specialty include leadership theory, organization improvement, career transitions, interpersonal communication, and military leader development.