James Calvin

James Calvin, PhD

Professor of Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Academic AreaManagement & Organization
Academic AreaInnovation & Entrepreneurship
Academic AreaHealth
Areas of InterestBuilding Teams and Developing Teamwork, Diversity and Conflict in Organizational and Community Settings, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Principles of Organizational Leadership, Project and Team Management

James R. Calvin is a Professor of Management and Organization Practice and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Carey Business School. Dr. Calvin's expertise is in the areas of leadership development, organizational change management, international community economic development and nonprofit organizations. James is Academic Program Director for the Leadership Development Program graduate certificate (LDP) at Carey Business School. He served for two years as Interim Director of the Center for Africana Studies where he is Faculty and a Board Member in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. James is core faculty in the Bunting Neighborhood Leadership Fellows Program (BNLP) in the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (UHI) at Johns Hopkins. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council (DLC).

James is co-editor of the book Innovative Community Responses to Disaster published by Routledge/Taylor&Francis Group (2015). James has authored a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles. He is an editorial review board member for Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal (AMLE), Community Development Journal (CDJ), Society for Advancement of Management Journal (SAM). James is the 2019 recipient of the Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the Community Development Society (CDS). In 2021 he was the first recipient of the inaugural James Calvin Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presented by the Diversity Leadership Council at the Johns Hopkins University. James holds an executive coaching certification from New Ventures West Coaching and Suntiva Coaching. He has provided leadership development for the Executive Leadership Council Mid-Level Managers Symposium (MLMS). James is a member of the International Board of PYXERA Global an international NGO organization that works globally in 100 countries with Fortune 500 businesses, and national and local governments and communities. He is a Board member of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development affiliated with the University of Nebraska Lincoln. James is a Constituency for Africa (CFA) AHIC committee member. James has developed, led, and participated in multi-year social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial business, and health and economic development project activities and initiatives in a number of countries on several continents.

He is a keynoter and presenter to associations, business, government, education and NGO groups across the United States and internationally in the following countries: Australia, Cameroon, Shanghai, China, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, St. Lucia, Scotland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. James R. Calvin, PhD (with distinction) New York University and M.A.; Rochester Institute of Technology BFA.


  • Ph. D, Phenomenology, Culture and Communication, New York University
  • MA, Media Ecology/Applied Arts, New York University
  • BFA, Advertising/Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology


Selected publications

  • Calvin, J. R. (2020).  Communication Matrices for Managing Dialogue Change to Teamwork Transformation.  In Optimizing Data and New Methods for Efficient Knowledge Discovery and Information Resources Management-Emerging Research and Opportunities. Susan Swayze (Ed.).  IGI Global, 98-115.
  • 2. Calvin, J. R. & Igu, J. (2019).  Culture, Conflict and Team Management in I4H: Experiential Learning in Business Practice to Support Community Development Entrepreneurship. Journal of Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict 23(1):1-14. 
  • Calvin, J., Moore, K. A., Beale, R. L. (September 2012). A global imperative for achieving managerial strength and synergy through the mitigation of micro-aggression workplace behavior. To appear in Academy of Business Research Journal, III. info@academyofbusinessresearchjournal
  • Calvin, J.R., Lee, K.S. (2006, June). Stronger relationships, stronger communities: Lessons from a regional initiative.  American Journal of Community Psychology. Springer, Volume 37, Numbers 34.
  • Calvin, J.R. (2003, Autumn). Leadership networking and active transitions in the workplace. Freedoms, energy and transformative relationships.  Society for Advancement of Management Journal, Volume 68, Number 4.
  • Calvin, J.R. (2001, Summer).  The post-learning organization: Work and life in diverse systems into the new millennium.  Futures Research Quarterly, 16(4), 11-19
  • Calvin, J.R.  (1998, Spring).  Values across cultural domains and borders: Technology and society in transformation.  Futures Research Quarterly, 14(1), 77-86.
  • Calvin, J.R. (1996, Fall).  Adaptive and innovative leadership-capacity through reflective practice research.  Futures Research Quarterly, 12(3), 63-76.

Working papers

  • Calvin, J. (In Review) The age of Obama: Public policy considerations for government leaders, international organizations, and business and society in new globalization. In Love Chile (Ed.), AUT Globalization and Public Policy. Auckland.
  • Calvin, J.R. (In Review). A Baltimore city approach to business viability and sustainability: Affecting a green business strategy to promote new business ventures. Advanced Management Journal.  Society for Advancement of Management.
  • Calvin, J.R., Green, E. (In Review) Experience and strategy for African American managers in a competitive global environment.  Paper is currently being revised.



  • Business Leadership and Human Values
  • Innovation for Humanity: Peru
  • Negotiation
  • Global Immersion: Peru - Examining Peruvian Business Perspectives, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Context of Evolving International Trade Policies
  • Innovation for Humanity Project
  • Managing in a Diverse & Global World

Honors and distinctions

  • 2019 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award, Community Development Society
  • Best Paper Award in Management Track, Academy of Business Research, March 20, 2012
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, 2011
  • Academy of Management Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, 2009
  • Society for Advancement of Management Service Award, 2003-2008
  • Recipient of the NASA Certificate of Appreciation for the development and Launch of the Accelerated Leadership Program, September 26, 2003
  • National Leadership Award in Appreciation of Effective Contributions to the Improvement of American Education, Institute for Educational Leadership, March 1996
  • Editorial Board,Community Development Journal, 2002 to present
  • Editorial Board, Society for Advancement of Management Journal, 2000 to present