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Joseph P. Cangemi, Ed.D.
WKU Psychology  




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Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Editor, International Journal of Leadership and Change

Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3051
Western Kentucky University,
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21030,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030

Phone: (270) 745-2343

Brief Biographical Sketch

Joseph P. Cangemi attended the State University of New York at Oswego for his undergraduate preparation (recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1983), then went on to receive a Master's Degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Indiana University. In 1996 he received an LLD (Litterarum Doctor), an honorary doctorate, from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri and in 2001, sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences, was awarded a DHC (Doctor Honoris Causa), an honorary doctorate, from Moscow State University of Humanities in Moscow, Russia. His early experience involved teaching and leadership responsibilities in a variety of settings, including a Caribbean assignment in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. For four years he was a member of the Industrial Relations staff in Venezuela of one of the most profitable subsidiaries of United States Steel Corporation - Orinoco Mining Company.

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Dr. Cangemi meeting with Dr. Casimir Kowalski (M.S., Ed.S. WKU) and Lech Wałęsa, future president of Poland and Nobel Prize winner, and with Monsignor Henryk Jankowski, Lech Wałęsa's spiritual and political advisor.
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Since 1968 he has engaged in leadership and organization development activities with numerous Fortune 500 corporations, including Eaton Corporation, Bridgestone/Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, General Motors, Coca-Cola, FMC, Standard Products, Clark Equipment, Redman Industries, Dayco, Emerson Electric, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Borg Warner, and Dana Corporation, as well as state/federal government, private/public institutions of higher education, and the United States Military. He also has been involved with organizations in England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Canada, China, Russia, Romania, the Philippine Islands and South Africa. In 1978 and again in 1983, he was the recipient of a Decreto for service to the State of Santander, Colombia, South America. In 1983 he was invited to Japan by Gould Corporation and Firestone to study Japanese style management, first hand. In 1985 the Polish Academy of Sciences requested he join a group of professionals in Poland to determine how organization development could improve the Polish economy. In 1989 he was invited to a private luncheon with Lech Walesa, Polish Solidarity leader, Nobel Prize winner and future President of Poland, where problems in Poland were discussed. He is author, co-author or co-editor of 18 books and monographs, over 300 papers and published articles, and presently serves as Editor of International Journal of Leadership and Change, Executive Editor of Psychology and Education - An Interdisciplinary Journal. He was editor of Journal of Human Behavior and Learning and Organization Development Journal from 1983 to 1988. His articles have been cited in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Self Magazine, Human Behavior Magazine, Public Service Radio, Radio Colombia and other well known communications vehicles.

Dr. Cangemi has been a member of the Psychology Department at Western Kentucky University since 1968. In 1979, 1991 and 1999, he received the Excellence in Productive Teaching Award and in 1987 the Excellence in Research/Creativity Award from the University's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. In 1983 he was presented Western Kentucky University's Distinguished Public Service Award. He was the featured personality in 1989 in Organization Development Journal, and in 1992 was highlighted with Lech Wałęsa on the cover of the journal Education. In 1999 and again in 2000 he was Western Kentucky University’s nominee for the Carnegie Foundation’s Professor of the Year national award. In 2010, he was featured in Indiana University's School of Education Chalkboard. He holds Diplomate status in Professional Counseling from a number of professional organizations.

Dr. Cangemi is married to the former Amelia Santaló of Havana, Cuba and they have two daughters, Michelle and Lisa Ann, and four grandchildren.

Academic Preparation/Degrees

  • Ed.D., Indiana University, 1974
    - Educational Leadership / Policy Issues
  • M.S., Syracuse University, 1964
    - Educational Psychology / Counseling / School Psychology
  • B.S., State University of New York, Oswego, 1959
    - Education / History / Psychology
  • D.H.C., Doctor Honoris Causa, 2001
    - Awarded by Moscow University of Humanities
    - Sponsored by Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • LL.D., Litterarum Doctor, 1996
    - Awarded by William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri

Western Kentucky University Awards

  • Excellence in Productive Teaching Award, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 1979, 1991, 1999
  • Excellence in Research and Creativity Award, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 1987
  • Excellence in Public Service Award, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 1983
  • Distinguished Public Service Award, 1983 (University-wide Award)
  • Western Kentucky's Nominee (one of two) for the National Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Award, 1999 and 2000
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Student Government Association, 1999
  • Summit Award, Western Kentucky University, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, 2008
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Dr. Cangemi and Dr. Kowalski with the President of Lanzhou University and his family.
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Selected Additional Honors/Awards

  • Appointed to National Board of Visitors, Indiana University, School of Education, 2010
  • Appointed to National Board of Visitors (Member Executive Committee), Syracuse University, School of Education, 2007; Chairman, 2011
  • Award, Gobierno del Estado de Nuevo León, Secretaría de Educación, Monterrey, Mexico, 2002
  • Business Association Achievement Award, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 2000
  • Selected Author of the Year by Project Innovation and Education, 1997
  • Commencement Address, William Woods University, 1988 and 1996
  • Board of Trustees, William Woods University, 1989 to Present (Honorary)
  • Decreto, from the State of Santander, Colombia (presented earlier)
  • Honorary Visiting Scholar, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China, 1988
  • Professional Services Award, Penn State University, McKeesport, 1986
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, State University of New York, Oswego, 1983
  • Ranked by Education journal 16th of 30 Outstanding Professionals in Education/Psychology/Government
  • International Who's Who (Europa Publications), 2004
  • Who's Who in America, 2009
Selected Awards From The Following Business/Industrial Organizations
  • Bridgestone/Firestone - Valencia, Venezuela
  • Dayton Tire and Rubber Company
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Wilson, North Carolina
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • Petroleum Institute - Bucaramanga, Colombia
  • Redman Homes
  • Standard Products Company
  • Tyson Foods - Cobb-Vantress Division
  • United Rubber Workers of America (URW)
  • Uniroyal Tire and Rubber Company

Academic/Vocational History

  • 2010 to Present: Scholar-in-Residence, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Western Kentucky University
  • 2001 to Present: Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Western Kentucky University
  • 1979 to 2001: Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Western Kentucky University
  • 1968 to 1979: Assistant to Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychology Department, Western Kentucky University
  • 1972 and 1973: Teaching Associate, Indiana University, Department of Educational Psychology
  • 1975 to 1977: Project Director, Organization Analysis, University of Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
    Sponsored by Inter-American Development Bank and Western Kentucky University
  • 1965 to 1968: Supervisor of Education/Training and Development
    United States Steel Corporation
    Orinoco Mining Company
    Puerto Ordaz and Ciudad Piar, Venezuela
  • 1966: Education Columnist
    The Daily Journal, Caracas, Venezuela, Venezuela's English Language Newspaper
  • 1959 to 1964: Instructor English/Reading; Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator; Research Associate
    Madison Area Project and Syracuse Public Schools System
  • 1960 to 1961: Instructor/Assistant Director
    Carol Morgan School
    Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic
  • 1961 to 1965: Chairperson and Lecturer, Onondaga Community College, Department of Psychology, Evening-Extension Division
  • 1962 to 1963: Assistant Head Basketball Coach, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York

Courses Taught

  • Psychology 250: Personality Adjustment and Mental Health
  • Psychology 371: Psychology of Sales Behavior
  • Psychology 490: Readings and Research in Psychology
  • Psychology 551: Social Psychology of Organizations
  • Psychology 590: Readings and Research in Psychology (Graduate Level)
  • Educational Leadership 730: Leading The Organization (Doctoral Studies)

Selected Advisory/Leadership/Organization Development Activities Provided For (1969-Present)

  • Auburn Leather
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    Dr. Cangemi discussing an issue with company employees.
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  • A-G Simpson, Canada
  • Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association
  • Blue Ridge Group
  • Borg Warner
  • Bridgestone/Firestone
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • Care Cloud
  • Car Quest Automotive
  • City Government, Bucaramanga, Colombia
  • Clark Equipment
  • Cobb-Vantress, Brazil
  • Coca-Cola
  • Cooper Tire
  • Dayton Tire and Rubber Company
  • Dayco
  • Day International
  • Eagle Forestry Services
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Emerson Electric
  • Essential Design Group
  • Firestone, Italy/Spain/Philippines
  • FMC Corporation
  • Freudenberg NOK
  • General Motors
  • General Tire, Canada/Ecuador
  • Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company
  • Gould Corporation, Japan
  • Government of Lanzhou, China
  • Lanzhou University, China
  • Internal Revenue - State of Kentucky
  • IPC Corporation, Mexico
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kingwood Forestry Services
  • Link Belt
  • Mead Johnson
  • Northwest Industries
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • OMC Corporation
  • Paccar Corporation, Canada
  • Parts Plus
  • Pentair
  • Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Rand McNally Publishers
  • Redman Industries
  • Standard Products
  • Sealy Corporation
  • Siemens Nuclear Power Corporation
  • Skyline Chili
  • Spartanburg Steel Products
  • Trace Die Cast
  • Telefonos de Colombia
  • Tyson Foods - Cobb Vantress Group, Spain/Holland/Brazil
  • United States Army - Armored Division
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • U.S. AID, South Africa
  • Wylain Corporation

Selected Publications: Books

  1. Higher Education and the Development of Self-Actualizing Personalities. (1977). New York: Philosophical Library.
  2. Effective Management -A Humanistic Perspective. (1980). New York: Philosophical Library. Co-edited with George Guttschalk.
  3. Higher Education in the United States and Latin America. (1982). New York: Philosophical Library. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski
  4. Lecturas En Gerencia Participativa. (1983). Bucaramanga, Colombia, South America: La Sociedad Colombiana De Ingenieros Industriales Y Administradores.
  5. Perspectives in Higher Education. (1983). New York: Philosophical Library. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski (Senior Editor).
  6. Participative Management: Employee-Management Cooperation -A Practical Approach. (1985). New York: Philosophical Library. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski and Jeffrey Claypool. Chinese language edition published in 1991 by Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, People's Republic of China.
  7. Marketing Y Venda. (1992). Lisbon, Portugal: Classica Editora. Co-authored with Mario Noronha.
  8. Andersonville Prison: Lessons in Organizational Failure. (1993). Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski.
  9. Humanismo Na Gestao. (1993). Lisbon, Portugal: Classica Editora. Co-authored with M. Noronha and G. Guttschalk.
  10. Raymond C. Gibson: Distinguished Kentuckian - Renowned Educator and Statesman. (1996). Bowling Green, Kentucky: Western Kentucky University/Alumni Affairs. Co-authored with Carl Kreisler.
  11. Falhas Organizations. (1996). Lisbon, Portugal: Classica Editora. Co-authored with Mario Noronha, Casimir Kowalski and G. Guttschalk.
  12. Leadership for The Twenty-First Century. (1997). Moscow, Russia: Russian Academy of Sciences. (In Russian) Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski and T. Ushakova.
  13. Leadership Behavior. (1997). Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski and Kanwar Habib Khan.
  14. Developing Trust in Organizations. (2005). New York: McGraw Hill. Coedited with Casimir Kowalski, R. Miller and T. Hollopeter. Spanish edition to be published in Bucaramanga, Colombia.
  15. Psychology of Contemporary Leadership. (2007). Moscow, Russia: Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology. (In Russian) Co-edited with Tatiania Ushakova and Casimir Kowalski.
  16. Social Essays in Chaos Theory. (2008). New York: McGraw-Hill. Co-edited with J. Snell (Senior Editor) and Casimir Kowalski.
  17. Heroes of Solidarity. (2010). New York: McGraw Hill. Co-edited with Casimir Kowalski (Senior Editor) and Hilary S. Czaplicki.
  18. Leadership and Loneliness (In Preparation)
  19. One Hundred And One Ways To Be A Loser (In Preparation)

Publications: Selected Journal Titles Where Dr. Cangemi Has Published

  • American Vocational Journal
  • Archivos Panameños de Psicologia (Republic of Panama)
  • Caribbean Educational Bulletin (Puerto Rico)
  • Chinese Journal of Psychology (China)
  • Clearing House
  • College Student Journal
  • The Counselor (New York State)
  • Educacion Hoy (Colombia)
  • Educacoa e Filosofia (Brazil)
  • Education
  • Education Digest
  • Etruria Oggi (Florence, Italy)
  • Executives Digest
  • Faculty Research Bulletin (Western Kentucky University)
  • Fusion Industrial (Colombia)
  • Gifted Child Quarterly
  • Here and Now: A Christian Journal of Opinion
  • Higher Journal of the School of Economics (Russia)
  • Humanization of Work (Poland)
  • IFE Psychologia: An International Journal (Nigeria)
  • Improving College and University Teaching Yearbook
  • International Journal of Leadership and Change
  • Interamerican Journal of Psychology (Venezuela)
  • lnternational Journal of Experimental Research in Education
      —Scientia Paedagogica Experimentalis (Belgium)
  • International Journal of Intercultural Relations
  • Journal of Foreign Psychology (Russia)
  • Journal of Human Behavior and Learning
  • Journal of Individual Employment Rights
  • Journal of Negotiations in the Public Sector
  • Joumal of Instructional Psychology
  • Journal of the Kentucky Association of Admissions Counselors and Registrars
  • Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
  • Journal of Negro Education
  • Journal of the New York State Counselors Association
  • Journal of Management Development (England)
  • Kentucky Education Journal
  • Modernization of Management (China)
  • New York State Secondary Education
  • Organizaciones (Colombia)
  • Organization Development Journal
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • Personnel Journal
  • Private Bank E-News
  • Reading Improvement
  • Reporter (Syracuse University)
  • Revista de Psicologia General y Aplicada (Spain)
  • Revista de Socia (Colombia)
  • Revista Mexicana de Psicologia (Mexico)
  • Saber (U.S. Embassy, Venezuela)
  • Studies in Political Science (Poland)
  • Studia Psychologica (Czechoslovakia)
  • Transilvania Review (Romania)
  • University Administration (India)

Dr. Cangemi has over 300 publications and papers and has facilitated the publication in professional journals of 20 faculty members and 33 students.


  • Editor, Organization Development Journal (Founding Editor), 1983 to 1988
  • Editor, Journal of Human Behavior and Learning (Founding Editor), 1983 to 1988
  • Editor, Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1977 to 2001
  • Editor, Educator's Service Bulletin, 1971-1972

Selected Editorial Board Memberships

  • Education, 1983 to Present
  • Forensic Examiner, 1999 to 2004
  • Journal of Foreign Psychology (Russia), 1993 to 2000
  • Technical Horizons in Education, 1987 to 1992
  • Journal of Instructional Psychology, 1977 to 1990
  • Faculty Research Bulletin (WKU), 1981 to 1988
  • College Student Journal, 1973 to 1980
  • Archivos Panameños de Psicología (Panama), 1968 to 1988
  • University Administration (India), 1976 to 1985
  • Counseling and Values, 1979 to 1984
  • Journal of Humanistic Education and Development, 1978 to 1982

Selected Organization Memberships

  • Cherry Society, Western Kentucky University
  • American College of Counselors, Fellow
  • American College of Forensic Examiners, Fellow
  • American Psychological Association
    • Division of Humanistic Psychology
    • Division of Consulting Psychology
    • Division of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Division of International Psychology
  • Society of Psychologists in Management
  • Society of Fellows, Syracuse University
  • The 1820 Society, Indiana University
  • International Association of Applied Psychology
  • International Psychohistorical Association
  • International Council of Psychologists
  • International Registry of Organization Development Professionals
  • Kentucky Academy of Arts and Sciences


  • Spanish (fluency)
  • Italian (working knowledge)
  • French (working knowledge)
  • Portuguese (working knowledge)


Last updated: February 5, 2014