Kenneth P. Carson

Professor of Management
All FacultyManagement & Marketing

Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2198

Kenneth P. Carson


  • Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • B.S. Business Administration, Geneva College

Professional Experience 
I have been on the faculty of Grove City College since 2015. Prior to that, I served on the faculties of Cal Poly, Pomona; Arizona State University; the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and Geneva College. I have published research on performance appraisal, job analysis, leadership, decision-making, and statistical issues. I am the co-author of a human resource management textbook, and I love helping students understand and apply the people issues in business.

In addition to my teaching and research experience, I served as chief academic officer at Geneva College for a decade. This leadership experience greatly enriched my classroom teaching as I bring real-life managerial issues to my classes. I have consulted with a number of organizations on human resource and managerial issues. My clients have included the city of Chattanooga, McKee Baking, TRW, Brown Stove Works, Tucson Power and Electric, and Ruby Tuesday.  And I have been an expert witness in two cases involving employment litigation.


  • Principles of Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Business Statistics
  • Advanced Human Resource Management
  • Leadership

What is the most important pieces of advice you give students to help them succeed? 
Get the most you can out of college. This means taking each of your courses seriously – including the general education courses such as humanities and writing. Be sure to connect with your faculty adviser and other faculty. When you need advice on course selection, your choice of major, or anything, ask multiple people (faculty, career services staff, parents, fellow students, etc.). Seriously consider studying off-campus for a two-week travel course or for an entire semester. Get an internship in the summer (or two, or three!). And, most importantly, love Jesus and seek to serve Him and the world in all you do.

Selected Publications 

  • “Assessing the construct validity of the Job Descriptive Index (JDI): A review and meta-analysis,” Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002.
  • Response to Chewning’s “Hermeneutics and Biblical Ethics: God’s Immutability and Human Integrity,” Journal of Biblical Integration of Business, 2000.
  • “Is utility really futile?: A failure to replicate and an extension,” Journal of Applied Psychology, 1998.
  • “Person and system effects in performance appraisal: Ratings as a function of the degree of performance responsibility and errorfulness,” Journal of Quality Management, 1998.

Is there any personal experiences you would like to share?
My wife and I have five children and three grandchildren. Three of our children are native Vietnamese who we have had the privilege of adopting. Also, I jumped out of an airplane to celebrate my 61st birthday along with two of my kids!  What a rush.