Gina Matkin

Gina Matkin


ALEC 866 - Leadership and Diversity
ALEC 102 - Interpersonal Skills for Leadership

Other Courses/Course Development
ALEC 801 - Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
ALEC 410/810 - Environmental Leadership
ALEC 466/866 - Leadership & Diversity (Developed and Taught)
ALEC 802 - Developing Leadership Capacity in Organizations & Communities


The overall purpose of Dr. Matkin's research is to develop globally and environmentally responsible leaders, and leadership capacity for organizations and communities. This work is addressed in two specific ways:

  1. Understanding and promoting developmental models of teaching, learning and leading in order to prepare leaders for an increasingly-complex and global workplace,
  2. Exploring what creates culturally competent leaders and the outcomes of those leaders in helping to create vibrant and sustainable businesses, organizations, and communities.

Dr. Matkin's research has provided evidence of positive outcomes of culturally competent leaders and leadership in a variety of contexts (see publications below). Data collected both quantitatively and qualitatively have helped better inform the study of leadership and organizational/community development about the importance of culturally competent leaders. Research being conducted in collaboration with doctoral students further explores leadership and cultural competence in contexts such as: study abroad programs, agricultural education, the military, and college of agriculture/natural resources classrooms.

A recently approved ARD/HATCH project (Accession Number: 1011704) extends this work in a collaborative venture with Dr. Karen Cannon in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication. The project “Social and digital media and the role of cultural competence in development of students' communication competencies about agriculture and natural resources issues,” explores the relationship of cultural competence and communication competencies using social and digital media to both train and aid in assessing students’ competencies in both of these areas.


Dr. Gina Matkin is a Professor in Leadership Studies. She also serves in an administrative appointment with the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community as Faculty Coordinator. She advises students the undergraduate Agricultural Education – Leadership Option program as well as the Master's in Leadership Education and the Doctoral program in Human Sciences with a Specialization in Leadership Studies.

Dr. Matkin earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Human Sciences with a Leadership Studies Specialization, a Masters Degree from Iowa State University in Adult Education, Sociology, and Women's Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and General Science Education from Southeast Missouri State University. As a former high school and middle school science/biology teach and a training and development professional for many years, she has first hand experience in the professional needs of students and organizations in both education and industry.

Dr. Matkin has a passion for advising graduate student research and furthering research in the field by inspiring future researchers. Her publication record clearly shows a focus on collaboration in research and grant-writing activities She is known for her expertise in high quality, rigorous qualitative research and currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. She has also been a reviewer for Psychological Reports, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Agricultural Education, Group and Organizational Studies, and the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Journal, as well as many conferences. She served as the Global Issues and Diversity Track Chair for the Midwest Academy of Management from 2010 - 2013.

Dr. Matkin has been a Co-PI on two successful USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants (totaling $300,000) related to teaching and advising students in agricultural sciences and natural resources. These have led to multiple research publications and conference presentations. She recently collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to land a successful USDA-NIFA Grant, “Fostering the Next Generation of Agricultural and Natural Resources Professionals through Experiential Learning in Research, Education, and Extension ($281,475).

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations:

Gabel, K. & Matkin, G. S. (2016). Sustainability leaders’ psychological capital: A call for research. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 9(5), 255-260.

McCain, K. R., & Matkin, G. S. (2016, November). A Narrative Approach to Leadership Development: Applications for Leadership Educators. Paper presented at the International Leadership Association Conference, Atlanta, GA. November 2 – 5, 2016.

McElravy, L. J., Matkin, G. S., & Hastings, L. J. (2016, July). How Can Service-Learning Prepare Students for the Workforce? Exploring the Potential of Positive Psychological Capital. Paper presented at the Association of Leadership Educators Conference, Sacramento, CA, July 10 – 13.

McElravy, L. J., Matkin, G. S., & Hastings, L. J. (2015, October). Measuring the impact of service-learning: Exploring PsyCap and core self-evaluations. Paper presented at the 17th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference, Barcelona, Spain, October 14 – 17, 2015.

Phipps, K. & Matkin G. (2014). Same direction, different paths: A phenomenological study of employees who are religious yet open to religious pluralism. Employee Responsibilities & Rights Journal, 26(4), 279-295.

Ramthun, A., & Matkin, G. (2014). Leading dangerously: A case study of military teams and shared leadership in dangerous environments. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. 21(3), 244-256. DOI: 10.1177/1548051814529827.

Flores, K., & Matkin, G. (2014). Take your own path: Minority leaders encountering and overcoming barriers in cultural community centers. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(1).

Fagan, H. & Matkin G. (2014). Developing intercultural sensitivity in a healthcare college: A mixed methods study. Paper presented at the International Leadership Association Conference, October 30 – November 2, 2014, San Diego, CA.

Matkin, G., & Barbuto, J. (2012). Demographic similarity/difference, intercultural sensitivity, and leader-member exchange: A multilevel analysis. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 19(3), 292-300. DOI: 10.1177/1548051812442748.

Stentz, J. E., Plano Clark, V. L., & Matkin, G. S. (2012). Applying mixed methods to leadership research: A review of current practices. Leadership Quarterly, 23, 1173-1183.

Burbach, M., Matkin, G., Quinn, C., & Searle, T. (2012). The impact of preparing agriculture faculty to influence student critical thinking disposition. Journal of Agricultural Education 53(2).

Ramthun, A., & Matkin, G. (2012). Multicultural shared leadership: A conceptual model of shared leadership in culturally diverse teams. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 19(3), 301-312. DOI: 10.1177/1548051812444129.

Flores, K. L., Matkin, G. S., Burbach, M. E., Quinn, C. E., & Harding, H. (2012). Deficient critical thinking skills among college graduates: Implications for leadership. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(2).

Harding, H., & Matkin, G. (2012). Educators' experiences teaching leadership. Academic Exchange Quarterly (Editors' Choice Issue), 16(3).

Quinn, C., Harding, H. E., & Matkin, G. S. (2011). Team-based learning for agriculturalethics. NACTA Journal, 55(4), 91-96.

Gambrell, K., Matkin, G. S, & Burbach, M. E. (2011). Cultivating leadership: The need for renovating models to higher epistemic cognition. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 18(3), 308-317.
Zafft, C. R., Adams, S. G., & Matkin, G. S. (2011). Measuring leadership in self-managed teams using the Competing Values Framework. Engineering Management Review (IEEE), 39(1), 46-58.
Quinn, C. & Matkin G. (2011). Teaching sustainability leadership, In Teaching Sustainability/Teaching Sustainably. Eds. K. Bartels and K. Parker. Stylus Publishing. (Book Chapter)
Burbach, M. E., Matkin, G. S., Gambrell, K. M., & Harding, H. E. (2010). The impact of preparing faculty in the effective use of student teams. College Student Journal, 44(3), 752-761.
Quinn, C. E., Burbach, M. E . Matkin, G. S., & Flores, K. L. (2009). Critical thinking for natural resource, agricultural, and environmental ethics education. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 38, 221-227.

Barbuto, J. E., Fritz, S. M., Matkin, G. S., and Marx, D. (2007.) Are leaders made or born: Gender, education and age, and leaders' use of influence tactics and full-range leader behaviors. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 56, 71 - 83.

Burbach, M. E., Matkin, G. S., and Fritz, S. M. (2004). Teaching critical thinking in an introductory leadership course utilizing active learning strategies: A confirmatory study. College Student Journal, 38(3), 482-493.

Barbuto, J. E., Bugenhagen, M., Braband, J., and Matkin, G. S. (2003). Encouraging creativity and intellectual stimulation: An exercise that forces students to think outside of the box. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 4, 219-229.

Barbuto, J. E., Fritz, S. M., & Matkin, G. S. (2001). Leaders' bases of social power and anticipation of targets' resistance as predictors of transactional and transformational leadership. Psych Reports, 89, 663-666.