Gina Matkin

Gina Matkin


Dr. Matkin is the ALEC Undergraduate Leadership Program Coordinator. Additionally, she coordinates the Leadership & Communication Minor and is course coordinator for ALEC 102: Interpersonal Skills for Leadership, a service-learning ACE 2 class.

Her current teaching responsibilities include:
ALEC 102 – Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
ALEC 801 – Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
ALEC 866 – Leadership & Diversity

Other courses/course development:
ALEC 410/810 - Environmental Leadership (Revised)
ALEC 466/866 - Leadership & Diversity (Developed)
ALEC 802 - Developing Leadership Capacity in Organizations & Communities
ALEC 814 – Classic Figures in Leadership (Revised to Social Justice and Social Movements Leader Class)
ALEC 904 – Advanced Qualitative Methods in Leadership – Topical Seminar


The overall purpose of Dr. Matkin's research is to develop culturally competent and inclusive leaders. Her work's focus whether in teaching, research, or service is to help create socially just and inclusive environments where we work and live. Much of Dr. Matkin's research has been in collaboration with doctoral students and colleagues on projects related to diversity and inclusion. Her work is primarily through a qualitative lens.

Recent Publications:

  1. Thompson, H. & Matkin. G. (2020). The evolution of inclusive leadership studies: A literature review. Journal of Leadership Education, 19(3), 15 – 30.
  2. Milius, M. L., Conner, N. W., & Matkin, G. (2020). Leadership Outcomes of Short-term Study Abroad [Abstract]. NACTA Journal, 64, Supplement 1.
  3. Brandert, K. & Matkin, G. S. (2019). When the crisis is personal: A phenomenological study of women and leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 13(3), 56 – 61.
  4. McCain, K. & Matkin, G. (2019). Emerging adults' leadership identity development through family storytelling: A narrative approach. Journal of Leadership Education 18(2), 159-170. DOI: 10.12806/V18/I2/T3
  5. McElravy, Matkin, & Hastings (2018) How Can Service-Learning Prepare Students for the Workforce? Exploring the Potential of Positive Psychological Capital. Journal of Leadership Education, 17(1), 35-55.


Gina S. Matkin is a Professor of Leadership Studies and the Undergraduate Leadership Program Coordinator at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where she teaches leadership and diversity-related courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she advises students in the Masters of Leadership Education and the Doctoral program in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies. She 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 education, communities, non-profits and industry.

Dr. Matkin is a proud first generation college student from very rural southeast Missouri. She says:

"I always loved the trees, hills, and rivers and grew up exploring them with many friends and family members. I went to two different community colleges because the "big university" was too scary, and then received a scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University, where I received a B.S. in Education with Biology and General Science endorsements. After teaching a few years, I trekked to the "big city" of Ames, Iowa and worked my way through a Masters Degree in combined areas of Women's Studies, Sociology, and Adult Education. Though I still love the life sciences, it was there I learned to love all things leadership and social justice, and so packed my bags and made my way to the even larger "big city" of Lincoln, NE in 1989 where I was the first full-time Coordinator of the Women's Center for two years. I then accepted a position as the first Assistant Director for Training and Development for the Nebraska Unions. I took advantage of UNLs tuition remission employee scholarship and earned my Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a Specialization in Leadership Studies. I was hired in 2005 in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication and have loved working here ever since."

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.