An expert on strategic planning, general management, and leadership, Kearns has presented more than 100 executive seminars, nationally and internationally, promoting ethical leadership in public and nonprofit institutions. Along with a Fulbright Fellowship to teach nonprofit management in Czech Republic, he has lectured in places like Taiwan, Indonesia, Macedonia, and Brazil.

Teaching and Research Areas 

Kearns' research focuses on these key areas: 

  • Strategic management 
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public administration

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • "The Leadership Portfolio Program: Teaching Leadership to Graduate Students." Teaching Public Administration, 2019. 
  • Bok Gyo Jeong and Kevin Kearns (2015) "Accountability in Korean NPOs: Perceptions and Strategies of NPO Leaders." Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Vol. 26 (5), pp 1975-2001.
  • Kevin P. Kearns, Jonathan Livingston, Shelley Scherer, and Lydia McShane (2015)."Nonprofit Leadership Skills as Construed by Chief Executive Officers," Leadership and Organization Development, vol. 36, no. 6, (2015), 712-727.
  • Kevin P. Kearns, David Bell, Lydia McShane, and Bobbi Deem (2014). "Perceptions of Funding Sources by Nonprofit Leaders: An Exploratory Study," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 121-143 (received an honorable mention for the Best Paper Award in NVSQ).
  • Private Sector Strategies for Social Sector Success: The Guide to Strategy and Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Jossey-Bass, 2000. 

Awards and Honors 

  • “20 for 20” Award from Robert Morris University recognizing top civic leaders in Pittsburgh, 2020
  • Seven time winner of the Donald Goldstein Teaching Award, most recently in 2019.
  • Martin Luther King Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh, 2015.
  • Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award from Workforce Development Global Alliance, 2015. 
  • Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005.
  •  Terry McAdam Best Book Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, 2001.

Consultancies and Public Service

  • Advisory Board, Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh, 1998 – present.
  • President and Project Coordinator, The Forbes Funds – formerly Copeland Fund, 2000-2003.

Other Academic Positions 

  • Founding Director, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, GSPIA.