Carly Speranza

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Assistant Professor

Academic Credentials

BA, University of Akron
MS, Troy University
MS, National Intelligence University
EdD, Creighton University


Dr. Carly Speranza is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business and Technology. Previously she served as the Associate Dean of the College of Strategic Intelligence and Associate Professor of National Security and Leadership Studies at the National Intelligence University, an accredited federal university, in Washington DC. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Air Force where she served on active-duty as an Intelligence Officer for over twenty years. Over the course of her career, she has served in an academic capacity at five universities and deployed across the globe eight times with the military, to include South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Korea in support of multiple war and crisis operations. Over the last several years she has published multiple works and has been invited to speak at multiple universities and academic conferences across the globe on a range of leadership topics to include organizational change and transformation, cross-cultural collaboration, expatriate leadership and organizational trust.
She is an active member of several academic associations to include the Academy of Management, Association of Leadership Educators, International Leadership Association, and the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership and Management
  • International Business and Management

Research Interests

  • Organizational Change and Transformation
  • Expatriate Leadership and Cross-cultural Collaboration
  • Women’s Leadership


Speranza, C. (2019). A Western leader’s year in Korea: Inheriting an abandoned cross-cultural team. In Breen, J. M., Abduljawad, H., Font-Guzman, J. N. (Eds.), Running with scissors: Leading in complexity (pp. 81-92) Charlotte, N.C: Information Age Publishing.
Speranza, C. & Pierce, A. (2019). Development of a personal leadership philosophy: An experiential and reflective opportunity in the graduate classroom. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(3), 167-175.
Westbrooks, W. & Speranza, C. (2018). The evolution of intelligence education.  Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, 24 (1), 59-63.
Speranza, C. (2017). Women expatriate leaders: How leadership behaviors can reduce gender barriers. Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership, 3(1), 20-32.
Speranza, C. (2017). Spies in Palestine [Review of the book Spies in Palestine, by James Srodes]. Studies in Intelligence, 61(2), 33-34.
Speranza, C. & Pfaff, D. (2016). Trust: A critical variable in the intelligence profession.  Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, 24(2), 20-31.
Speranza, C. (2016, May). Research Feature: Leaning in globally – Female expatriate leaders and the deconstruction of cultural bias. International Leadership Association Member Connector.
Speranza, C. (2016). I heard my country calling: A memoir [Review of the book I heard my country calling: A memoir, by James Webb]. American Intelligence Journal, 32(2), 174-175.
Speranza, C. (2015). The HEAD game: High efficiency analytic decision-making and the art of solving complex problems quickly [Review of the book The HEAD Game: High Efficiency Analytic Decision-Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly, by Phillip Mudd].  Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies, 21(3), 127.


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