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Sam Hunter

Sam Hunter

Associate Professor of Psychology

615 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-0107


  1. Ph. D., University of Oklahoma, 2007


Research Interests

My research interests are best categorized into two broad, yet overlapping domains:  leadership and innovation management.  Within the area of leadership, my current interests revolve around understanding darker leader behaviors including leader error and leader deviance.  Within the area of innovation, my interests focus on the enhancement and development of innovation in the workplace.  Across both areas of interest, I take a multilevel perspective to understanding and investigating relevant constructs.  Secondary interests include: teams, leading unique workforce populations, organizational climate, alternative research methods, multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling.


Recent Publications

Hunter, S. T., Tate, B. W., Dzieweczynski, J, & Bedell-Avers, K. E. (in press).  Leaders make mistakes:  A multilevel consideration of why.  The Leadership Quarterly.

Hunter, S. T., Cushenbery, L., Thoroughgood, C. N., & Ligon, G. S.  (in press). First and Ten Leadership:  A historiometric investigation of the CIP leadership model, The Leadership Quarterly.

Hunter, S. T., Thoroughgood, C., Myers, A., & Ligon, G. S. (in press).Managing the paradoxes of leading for innovation, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts – Special issue:  Innovation in Organizations.

Hunter, S. T., Tate, B. W. Dzieweczynski, J., & Cushenberry, P.  (in press).  A multilevel consideration of leader errors. In B. Schyns and T. Hasboro (Eds.), When leadership goes wrong: Destructive leadership, mistakes and ethical failures.  Charlotte, NC:  IAP.

Mumford, M. D., Hunter, S. T., & Byrne, C. (in press).  What is a fundamental?  The role of cognition and creativity in innovation.  Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Leicht, R., Hunter, S. T., Saluja, C., & Messner, J.I. (in press).  Implementing observational research methods to study team performance in construction.  Journal of Construction and Engineering Management.

Willis, D. E., Barton, R. W., Simpson, T. W., Purao, S., & Hunter, S. T. (2009).  Mapping design domains, bridging design cultures.  Journal of Mechanical Design, 131, 1-2.

Hunter, S. T., Bedell-Avers, K. E., & Mumford, M.D. (2009).  Impact of situational framing and complexity on charismatic, ideological and pragmatic leaders:  Investigation using a Computer Simulation. The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 383-404.

Mumford, M. D., Hunter, S. T., Friedrich, T. L., & Caughron, J. J. (2009).  Charismatic, ideological and pragmatic leadership: An examination of multi-level influences on emergence and performance.  In F. J. Yammarino & F. Dansereau (Eds,). Research in multi-level issues:  Volume X.  Oxford, England, Elsevier.

Bedell-Avers, K. E., Hunter, S. T., & Mumford, M. D. (2009).  Charismatic, ideological, and pragmatic leaders:  How do they interact?  The Leadership Quarterly, 20, 299-315.

Hunter, S. T., Bedell, K. E., Ligon, G. S., Hunsicker, C. M. & Mumford, M. D. (2008).  Applying multiple knowledge structures in creative thought:  Effects on idea generation and problem-solving.  Creativity Research Journal, 20, 137-154.

Mumford, M.D., Bedell, K. E., Hunter, S. T., Espejo, J. E., Eubanks, D., & Connelly, S. (2008).  Violence in ideological and non-Ideological groups:  A quantitative analysis of qualitative data.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 1521-1561.

Ligon, G. S., Hunter, S. T., & Mumford, M. D. (2008).  Development of outstanding leadership:  A life narrative approach.  Leadership Quarterly, 19, 312-334 (Winner – annual best paper award for the Leadership Quarterly).

Bedell, K. E., Hunter, S. T., & Mumford, M. D. (2008).  Problem-solving tactics of charismatic, ideological and pragmatic leaders:  A comparative experimental study. Leadership Quarterly, 19, 89-106.

Hunter, S. T., Bedell-Avers, K. E., & Mumford, M. D. (2007).  The typical leadership study:  Assumptions, implications, and potential remedies.  The Leadership Quarterly, 18, 435-446.

Hunter, S. T., Bedell, K. E., & Mumford, M. D. (2007).  Climate for creativity:  A quantitative review. Creativity Research Journal, 19, 69-90.

Hunter, S. T., Friedrich, T. L., Bedell-Avers, K. E.,  & Mumford, M. D. (2007) Creative cognition in the workplace:  An applied perspective.  In M. J. Epstein, T. Davila and R. Shelton (Eds.), The creative enterprise – managing innovative organizations and people (pp. 171-193).  New York:  Praeger.

Hunter, S. T., Bedell, K. E., & Mumford, M. D. (2006).  Dimension of creative climate:  A general taxonomy. International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, 15, 97-116.

Greer, T., Dunlap, W. P., & Hunter, S. T. (2006).  The effects of skew on internal consistency.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 1351-1358.

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