Recent Research Publications:

  • Friedel, C. R., Cletzer, D. A., Bush, S. A., & Barber, J. D. (2017). Relationships between eco-leadership and problem-solving styles of gifted and talented youth. Journal of Leadership Education, 16(4), 60-75. doi:1012806/V16/I4/R4

  • Bush, S. A., Friedel, C. R., Hoerbert, L. R., & Broyles, T. W. (2017). Connecting problem-solving style to peer evaluations of performance in secondary cooperative learning projects. Journal of Agricultural Education, 58(2), 35-49. doi:10.5032/jae.2017.02035
                *Note: Awarded the 2017 Outstanding Article of the Year.

  • Friedel, C. R., Clegorne, N., Kaufman, E., Seibel, M., & Anderson, J. C. (2016) Connecting leadership with preferences towards adaption and innovation. Journal of Leadership Studies, 10(1), 37-39. doi:10.1002/jls.21437

  • Samms, C., & Friedel, C. R. (2013). Cognitive style differences and student coping behavior. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 17(1), 85-101. Retrieved from
                *Note: Awarded Distinguished Research, in 2012 Annual Conference.


Recent Conference Proceedings:

  • Friedel, C. R., Spindler, M., & Cherbaka, N. (2017, April). Cooperative problem solving and student’s preference for adaption or innovation. Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Pittsburg, PA.

  • Spindler, M., Cherbaka, N., & Friedel, C. R. (2017, April). Outlook on cooperative team interactions and outcomes from cooperative learning. Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Pittsburg, PA.

  • Spindler, M. K., & Friedel, C. R. (2016, February). Applying adaption-innovation theory to facilitate building community capitals and the management of change. [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association, San Antonio, TX.

  • Friedel, C. R., Anderson, J., Hanks, S., Kaufman, E., & Woods-Wells, T. (2015, October). The leader's dilemma: To adapt or to innovate when leading across boundaries [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association. Barcelona, Spain. Available at

  • Friedel, C., & Seibel, M. (2013). The Paradox of structure: What is the appropriate amount of structure for course assignments with regard to students' problem-solving styles? [Abstract]. NACTA Journal, 57 (Supplement 1), 69. Available at


Recent Graduate Student Research

  • Simpson, C. Y. (2019). Exploring STEM identity development, motivation and problem-solving preferences of African American men pursuing undergraduate degrees. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

  •  Hanks, S. K. (2018) Catalyzing organizational learning: Social, environmental, and cognitive factors promoting effective change management, (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

  •  Burcham, E. R. (2017). Exploring a multi-organizational leadership team’s problem-solving styles. (Master’s research report). Retrieved from

  • Mitra, S. (2017). An exploration of the relationship between international students and their advisors in U.S. higher education institution. (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from

  • Woods-Wells, T. M. (2016). Applying a cognitive lens to the exploration of social mobility for African American men: A phenomenological study. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from

  • Hoerbert, L. (2015). A comparison of task orientation and problem-solving style group formation processes. (Unpublished master’s report). Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.