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Steve Firestone, Ph.D.
Director, M.A. in Organizational Leadership/Church LeadershipAssociate Professor757.352.4618

Steve Firestone, Ph.D.


Dr. Steve Firestone joined the faculty of the School of Business & Leadership in January 2015 as an assistant professor and currently serves as director for SBL's M.A. programs in Organizational Leadership, Church Leadership and Not-for-Profit Leadership.

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 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 having served as a liaison officer to Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas for six years.

He 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 B.A. in History and an additional B.A. in 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, emphasis in Organizational Leadership, from Northcentral University.

Dr. Firestone enjoys golfing, playing basketball and cooking. He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife and three children.


Ph.D. Northcentral University, 2014

MBA Embry-Riddle University, 2002

B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1993

B.A. Vanderbilt University, 1993


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