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Gower, Kim

Kimberly S. Gower University of Mary Washington, USA

Kim Gower is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2012, after spending 25 years in consulting and sales, and as a business owner. Her concentration is Leadership and Organizational Behavior, with a minor in Entrepreneurship, and her dissertation research incorporated the use and misuse of 360 feedback in leadership assessment.


Dr. Gower taught many different business classes at VCU, Virginia State University, and the University of Richmond Jepson School of Leadership Studies before coming to UMW. There, she teaches Management, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Social Justice, and Leadership Theory and Application in the undergrad and MBA programs. She enjoys engaging in service activities at the university to help promote programs for students and learning, and instilling a love for service in her students as they perform thousands of hours of community engagement each year.


She is the 2019-2020 Chair of the Management Education and Development (MED) Division of the Academy of Management. The MED membership consists of over 1700 top quality researchers and educators. Dr. Gower has extensive experience consulting with very large organizations and entrepreneurs in a full range of areas including Customer Service, Conflict Management, Organizational Change, Leadership Development, Team Development, and Process Improvement, particularly in the rapidly changing global landscape.


In her spare time, she backpacks and is an active community advocate. She enjoys volunteering for local Richmond, Virginia, organizations (particularly Richmond Animal Care and Control), and excessively doting on her five rescue kids, Emma, Lilie, Buster, Teddy, and Izzy.