Brian D. Cawley

Brian Cawley


  • Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

    Professional experience

    Internal and External Consulting

    • Partner and Co-Founder, Talent Asset Advisors, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Business Strategist, Corvirtus, LLC, Colorado Springs, CO
    • Director of Consulting-Products, SHL Group Ltd., Chicago, IL
    • Managing Director, SHL Group, Ltd., Boulder, CO
    • Senior Consultant and Practice Director, Landy Jacobs and Associates, Inc., Boulder, CO
    • Staff Analysis Intern, Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA

    Academic and Teaching

    • Affiliate Professor, School of Business and Leadership and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
    • Faculty Affiliate, Graduate Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    • Instructor, Department of Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH


    Professor Cawley holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. Dr. Cawley teaches Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Calvin. He has previously taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Colorado Christian University and Colorado State University. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Cawley has served as an internal and external human resource consultant to over 100 organizations in various industries, including financial, healthcare, retail, hospitality, technology, consumer products, transportation, higher education and public safety. Dr. Cawley's research has been presented at numerous national and international conferences and published in journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. His current research interests include individual and organizational virtuousness, and leveraging business strategy, values, and vision in talent management processes and tools.

    Professor Cawley has started a new consulting organization where he helps organizations leverage business strategy, values, and vision in their talent management processes and tools. Brian enjoys volunteering with his church in the areas of worship arts and small group community and coaching youth sports. He also enjoys skiing, music, soccer, golf, and the Green Bay Packers. 

    Academic interests

    • Giving and receiving performance feedback
    • Employee engagement and meaningful work
    • Organizational virtues, culture, and business performance
    • Leadership development, self-leadership, virtues and personal vision
    • Calling and career development
    • Organizational socialization practices
    • Cultural competence and leadership assessment
    • Employee experiences, customer experiences and business results

    Research and scholarship


    Professional Publications

    • Cawley, B.D. & Snyder, P.J. (2015). People as workers in the image of God: Opportunities to promote flourishing. Journal of Markets and Morality, 18(1), 163-188.
    • Whitt, J.D., Cawley, B.D., Polage, D.C. & Yonker, J.E (2014). The value of virtue: An organizational approach to the challenges of workplace disabilities. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(2), 274-278.
    • Cawley, B.D. & Snyder, P.J. (2012). Beyond Resource-Based Theory: Further Avenues for I-O Psychology Ventures into Strategic Management. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5(1).

    • Cawley, B.D., Keeping, L.M. & Levy, P.E.  (1998). Participation in the performance appraisal process and employee reactions: A meta-analytic review of field investigations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83(4), 615-633.

    • Levy, P.E., Cawley, B.D., & Foti, R.J. (1998). Reactions to appraisal discrepancies: Performance ratings and attributions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 12(4), 437-455.

    • Levy, P.E., Albright, M.D., Cawley, B.D. & Williams, J.R.  (1995). Feedback seeking, feedback bypassing, and the tendency to reconsider and modify one's initial desire to seek feedback: Individual and contextual factors. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 62(1), 23-37.

    Recent Invited Addresses

    • Cawley, B.D. (2014). Attracting and Retaining Top Talent in our Shifting Economy. Invited talk presented to the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Hudsonville, MI, May, 2014.
    • Cawley, B.D. and Shankster-Cawley, L. J. (2012). Business for the Glory of God: Ideas and Discussion about Studying Business at Calvin. Invited speaker for the Calvin Young Women's Business Institute. July 19, 2012.

    • Cawley, B. D. (2009). Assessments for Hiring Employees That Can Bring Your Customer Experience to Life. Invited address at the Taleo World Conference, Las Vegas, NV. September, 2009.

    • Cawley, B. D. (2009). Character and Self-awareness for Leaders: Tools for Helping You and Your Team Grow. Invited address and workshop at the Saying Yes Worship Arts Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. October, 2009.

    Recent Refereed Conference Presentation

    • Cawley, B.D., Younker, J., DeKoekkoek, E. & Karl, N. (2015). Virtues and Character Strengths in Young Adults - What's the Impact? Paper accepted and to be presented at the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning conference: Faith and Teaching: Virtue, Practice, Imagination. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, October, 2015.
    • Cawley, B.D. (2014). Incarnate Leadership: Development and Validation of a 360-degree Assessment of Christian Leadership. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2014 Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference. Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN, October, 2014.
    • Cawley, B.D. (2013). Cultivating Virtue and Character: An Integrated, Multi-method Pedagogy in Organizational Behavior. Paper accepted and presented at the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning conference: Virtues, Vices, and Teaching. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, October, 2013.
    • Cawley. B.D. (2013). The Art and Science of Effective Peer Feedback: Implications and Recommendations for Future Christian Managers and Leaders. Paper accepted and presented at the 2013 Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, October, 2013.
    • Cawley. B.D. (2012). Virtues in Action: Character Strengths and Building Organizational Cultures of Virtuousness. Workshop and expert panel accepted and presented by Stansbury, J., Cawley, B., Whatley, L., & Wong, K. Organizational Virtue: Prospects and Problems for Christian Business Scholarship. Presented at the 2012 Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference. Langley, British Columbia, Canada. June, 2012.

    • Cawley, B. D. and Villavaso, G. (2009). Beyond Service – Delivering Intended Experiences: I/O and This New Economy. Paper presented at the 24th Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA. April, 2009.

    • Cawley, B.D. (2007). Turning the Tables on Turnover: A Foodservice Workforce Solutions Workshop. National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Expert panel participant at the 2007 National Restaurant Association Show. Chicago, IL. May, 2007.

    • Baker, R. C., Myers, T., Rogers, D. A., Murphy, C., and Cawley, B. D. (2007). The Impact of Counterproductive Work Behaviors on Customer Perceptions of Service Quality. Paper presented at the 22nd Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New York, NY. April, 2007.
    • Cawley, B.D. and Baker, R.C. (2006). Leaders Generate Profit by Creating Cultures that Keep Promises to Employees. Paper presented at the 2006 Gallup Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C., October, 2006.

    Professional associations

    • American Psychological Association (APA); Member; 1989-present
    • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of APA) (SIOP), Member; 1989-present
    • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA); Member; 2007-present
    • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS); Member; 2011-present


    • McGregor Faculty Mentor Award; Calvin College 2011
    • McGregor Undergraduate Research Program for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research: “How to facilitate a “good fit”? Organizational socialization practices that facilitate virtuous organizational cultures. ” Student Award Recipient: Danielle Ayeh
    • John Philip Sousa Award; J I Case High School 1985
    • National School Choral Award; J I Case High School

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