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Steve Firestone, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Arts in Organizational LeadershipAssociate Professor757.352.4618

Steve Firestone, Ph.D.


Dr. Steve Firestone joined the faculty of the School of Business & Leadership in January 2015. He is an associate professor and currently serves as director for the School of Business & Leadership’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program.

He retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years as an officer, naval aviator, and educator. As a pilot, he flew helicopters on two Arabian Gulf deployments and he flew C-130s around the world on a variety of missions and deployments supporting worldwide fleet logistics requirements. He has extensive experience working with foreign military organizations; serving as a liaison officer to Mexico, Canada, and the Bahamas for six years.

Dr. Firestone has served as an online and classroom adjunct instructor at several universities in the business, management, political science, and history fields. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has a Master’s of History from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He earned an MBA from Embry-Riddle University and his Ph. D. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, from Northcentral University.


Ph.D. Northcentral University, 2014

M.A. Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 2017

MBA Embry-Riddle University, 2002

B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1993


Firestone, S. B. (2020). Biblical principles of crisis leadership: The role of spirituality in organizational response. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Firestone, S., Waddell, J. W., & Patterson, K. (2019). Grace vs. Grit: Reaching, Teaching and Preparing Today’s Christian Learner. Christian Business Academy Review, 15( 1).

Mareus, R. Winston, B. Firestone, S. & Patterson, K.  (July 2019). Exploring servant leadership in a top-down environment.  Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice.

Firestone, S. B. (May 2019). MacArthur and Eisenhower: A comparison of their leadership styles and their use of faith in their leadership.  Journal of Applied Christian Leadership.

Firestone, S. & King, S. (January 2019). Role of spirituality in suicide prevention and enhancing workforce health: A military leader’s dilemma.  SAGE Business Cases.

Shaw, M., Winston, B. Patterson, K, & Firestone, S.  (November 2018).  Understanding how transformational servant leadership affects student leadership development in a higher education program in China.  Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice.

Firestone, S. B. (2016). "Millennials are people too: Evaluating other generations' negative perceptions of Millennials and the impact this has on workplace acculturation." Review of Business and Technology Research (RBTR).

Firestone, S. B. (2014). The relationship between leadership style and email usage among Naval leaders (Doctoral Dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (AAT 3620677).

Co-Editor, Journal of Transformative Innovation.


Awards, Certificates & Training:

Instructor Recognition of Excellence Award, Joint Forces Staff College, 2014

University of Wisconsin, Professional Certificate in Online Education, 2014

University of Wisconsin, Professional Certificate in Instructional Design, 2014

Virginia Tidewater Consortium, Certificate on College Teaching, 2013