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G.K. Cunningham, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor
School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
Leadership

Off-campus
Phone: 717.245.3447

Education:

Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University, 2012
M.L.L.S., Leadership and Liberal Studies, Duquesne University, 2004
Cert., National Military Strategy, U.S. Army War College, 1994
B.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, 1974
B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1974
Bio

Dr. G. K. Cunningham, from West Chester, PA, is Associate Provost at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA. In this capacity, he is the principle civilian advisor to the Provost on academic and faculty matters across all schools, institutes, and centers at the U.S. Army War College. He is also an adjunct instructor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. In fact, he is a graduate of the Duquesne MLLS program himself, living proof the program acts as designed!

Dr. Cunningham has an extensive background as a commander and staff officer in Marine Corps and joint commands, worldwide. His military experience includes joint and multinational operations and planning, Marine air-ground task force employment, recruiting management, humanitarian demining, and multinational operations. Dr. Cunningham was the Commandant of the Marine Corps' Fellow to the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute before assuming duties as Chief of Humanitarian Demining Programs for the Department of State in Washington, DC. He also served as U.S. military delegate to the Ottawa Convention for the prohibition of antipersonnel landmines. He has presented and published papers on humanitarian demining, land componency, and strategic thinking, as well as acting as a doctrinal reviewer for numerous joint publications.

He has received numerous Department of Defense professional and meritorious awards throughout his military career, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, multiple Meritorious Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, and the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal. He has received two Superior Honor awards from the Department of State for his work in humanitarian demining. He was also presented with the prestigious Silver Beaver, Venturing Leadership, and Oscar A. Kirkham awards for his contributions to youth programs in the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Cunningham enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping, and, when not in the woods, he is an avid handball player. He can also bake a top-notch Dutch oven apple pie, although he usually burns the biscuits.

Honors/Awards

Professor G.K. Cunningham has received numerous Department of Defense professional and meritorious awards throughout his military career, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, multiple Meritorious Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, and the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal. He has received two Superior Honor awards from the Department of State for his work in humanitarian demining. He was also presented with the prestigious Silver Beaver, Venturing Leadership, and Oscar A. Kirkham awards for his contributions to youth programs in the Boy Scouts of America.