Denise Cumberland

Denise Cumberland

Dr. Cumberland's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, University of Louisville, 2012
  • MA, Speech Communication, University of Maryland, 1982
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland, 1980

Teaching Areas

  • Program Evaluation
  • Franchising
  • Organizational Development, Master's and Undergraduate levels
  • Workplace and Information Ethics
  • Organizational Analysis

Research Interests

  • Franchising Entrepreneurship
  • Program Evaluation
  • Employee Voice


  • Qualitive

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 UofL Kentuckiana Metroversity Outstanding Faculty Member for Adult Learners.
  • Under University of Louisville Top 4 Faculty Favorite…at the end please add the year: 2017-18
  • 2017 Cutting Edge Research Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development
  • Finalist - Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award for Human Research Development Quarterly, Volume 27, 2016
  • 2016 Ruth Greenberg Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research from the University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • University of Louisville Top 4 Faculty Favorite, 2015-16; University of Louisville Faculty Favorite, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17
  • Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Nominee and First Runner Up (2013) from the Academy of Human Resource Development

Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Society for Training and Development
  • Member, Academy of Human Resource Development
  • Member, Louisville Society of Human Resource Professionals

Professional Service

  • Program Evaluation, Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana
  • Board of Governors Member, Institute of Certified Franchise Executives
  • Member, UofL Institutional Review Board, 2013 - present
  • Speaker Chair, College of Education and Human Development Spring Research Conference, 2012

Selected Publications, Conference Presentations

  • Cumberland, D. M., Sawning, S., Church-Nally, M., Branch, E., Shaw, M. A., & LaFaver, K. (2019). Experiential learning: Transforming theory into practice through the Parkinson’s disease buddy program. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 31(4), 453-465.
  • Cumberland, D. M., Buchan, J., & Litalien, B. (2019). Franchise education in U.S. business schools: A content analysis of syllabi. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education 22(6), 1-12.
  • Cumberland, D. M. & Gosser, K. E. (2019). Capitalizing on franchisee know-how: A restaurant chain engages in benchmarking. In J. Stefaniak (Ed.), Cases on Learning and human performance technology (pp. 248-269). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Cumberland, D. M. & Gosser, K. (2019). Learning today can be on your terms. Franchising World 51(7), 22-24.
  • Cumberland, D. M., Shuck, B. Alagaraja, M., & Kerrick, S. A. (2018). Organizational social capital: Ties between HRD, employee voice, and CEOs. Human Resource Development Review, (17)2, 199-221.
  • Cumberland, D.M., Petrosko, J. M., & Jones, G. D. (2018). Motivations for pursuing professional certification. Performance Improvement Quarterly, (31)1, 57-82.
  • Cumberland, D. M., Shuck, B., Immekus, & Alagaraja, M. (2018). An emergent understanding of influences on managers' voices in SMEs. Leadership & Organization Developmental Journal.
  • Cumberland, D. M., (2017). Training and educational development for "vetrepreneurs". Advances in Developing Human Resources, (19)1, 88-100.
  • Cumberland, D. M., Kerrick, S. A., Choi, N., & Gosser, K. (2017). Women's nonprofit community organizations: Board members' attitudes toward collaboration. Community Development, (48)1, 30-47..
  • Alagaraja, M., Cumberland, D. M., & Herd, A. (2017). Leadership development models and practices in India: A review of literature. In A. Ardichvilli, A., & K. Dirani (Ed.), Leadership Development in Emerging Market Economies. Palgrave Macmillan.