Tom Kohntopp

Academic Coordinator
College of Management and Human Potential
B.S. Business Administration (BSBA)

Dr. Thomas Kohntopp is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist with more than 30 years’ experience serving a variety of public and private-sector organizations in North America and Europe. He earned his Ph.D. from the College of Business at the University of Tennessee. His areas of specialization include leadership, human resources, management and executive training and development, organization assessment and improvement, and survey research. Dr. Kohntopp has been with Walden University since 2013 serving as an Academic Coordinator in the School of Management. He also is Executive Director of the Blount Center for Public Life. Prior to joining Walden, Dr. Kohntopp was MBA Programs Director and Chair of the Management & Marketing Department at Lincoln Memorial University. He has also managed the Center for Effective Leadership at the University of Tennessee and was Professor of Organizational Management with Tusculum College.


PhD, University of Tennessee

BS, Bowling Green State University

Public Service

Blount Center for Public Life, Other - Maryville

Blount County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Corps (ret), Volunteer - Blount County

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, Tusculum College, 2007


McCann, J., Kohntopp, T., Keeling, P. (2015). Leadership in collegiate soccer coaching. Advanced Management Journal

Kohntopp, T., McCann, J. (2018). Servant leadership in the workplace.

McCann, J., Kohntopp, T. (2017). Developing a sustainable environment for workplace diversity. International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management

McCann, J., Sparks, B., Kohntopp, T. (2017). Leadership integrity and diversity in the workplace. Research in Economics and Management

Green, D., Kohntopp, T. (2016). Small enterprise strategies in an unstable public environment. Management and Economics Research Journal

Olson, J. M., Kohntopp, T. (2015). Asking the Right Question. Assessment Matters: The Assessment Newsletter

Olson, J. M., Kohntopp, T. (2015). Effective Use of Rubrics for International Students. Assessment Matters: The Assessment Newsletter

Olson, J., Kohntopp, T., Lindquist, A. (2016). Effectively supporting international and multilingual students. Assessment Matters

Olson, J. M., Kohntopp, T., Kristensen, S. (2015). Rubrics Are A Collaborative Effort in College of Management and Technology. Assessment Matters: The Assessment Newsletter


Kohntopp, T. (2015). Leadership in Collegiate Soccer Coaching. Society for Advancement of Management

Kohntopp, T. (2010). Leadership challenge: The time of the season, a synopsis of the leadership secrets of Santa Clause. State of Tennessee