Kelly Schmidt, MA

Assistant Professor of Management

Kelly Schmidt


Office: Hoover 138

Office Hours: By appointment only

Kelly Schmidt joined the College of Business as a visiting assistant professor of management in 2022. She taught as an adjunct professor with Life Pacific University the previous five years, specializing in courses in strategic leadership, innovation and change, strategic organizational analysis, and APA formatting.

Schmidt also worked as an instructor and curriculum development consultant at Missional University, developing the courses Intro to Leadership, Communities of Practice, and Networking & Collaboration. 

She is an ordained and licensed pastor through the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and has served as a leadership and organizational consultant for nonprofit organizations in that capacity. She holds a PhD in organizational leadership in business from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and earned a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Life Pacific University (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Washington University (1991).

Schmidt lives in Newberg with her cat, Kizzy, and attends Red Hills Church. She enjoys road tripping to national parks, kayaking and competitive axe throwing.

Academic Background

  • PhD (in progress), Eastern University
  • MA, Life Pacific University
  • BAE, Eastern Washington University

Research Interests

  • Strategic leadership, with a focus on organization culture and design
  • Change management
  • Leadership development training
  • Diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on gender bias