Michelle Fleig-Palmer

Associate Professor & Director, Health Care Management Programs

Office: WSTC 409C   |    Phone: (308) 865-8869   |    Email: fleigpalmerm@unk.edu

Michelle Fleig-Palmer


PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
MBA, Washington University in St. Louis
BSEd, State University of New York at Geneseo

Teaching Experience

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Healthcare Management I
Building Clinical & Institutional Trust
Principles of Management
Social Responsibilities of Business Issues & Ethics
Business Statistics

Awards and Honors

Best Paper for "Building Trust:  The Influence of Mentoring Behaviors on Perceptions of Health Care Managers Trustworthiness", Midwest Academy of Management. (2014).

Faculty Mentor Award - Student Research, University of Nebraska-Kearney, College of Business. (2014).

Invited Keynote Speaker, Dual Career Services for Academics, Van Swieten Saal of the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. (2014).

Invited Panelist and Workshop Participant, 62nd Annual Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (2014).

John Becker Faculty Research Award, University of Nebraska-Kearney, College of Business. (2014 & 2015).

Mortar Board Faculty Appreciation, UNK's Mortar Board Chapter. (2012 & 2013).

Distinguished Research Award, Business and Leadership Symposium. (2012).



Refereed Journal Articles

Lear, J. L., Fleig-Palmer, M., Hodge, K. A., Fleig, M. J., Arensdorf, A. J. (in press). Business Fundamentals For Health Care Providers: Ensuring Effective Practice Management and Good Stewardship. Journal of Health Administration Education.

Fleig-Palmer, M., Rathert, C. (2015). Interpersonal Mentoring and Its Influence on Retention of Valued Health Care Workers: The Moderating Role of Affective Commitment. Health Care Management Review, 40(1), 56-64.

Palmer, D. K., Fleig-Palmer, M. (2015). Integrating Trustworthiness for a More Nuanced Understanding of Nepotism and Cronyism. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8(1), 22-27.

Flanigan, R. L., Stewardson, G., Dew, J., Fleig-Palmer, M., Reeve, E. (2013). Effects of Leadership on Financial Performance at the Local Level of an Industrial Distributor. The Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, 29(4), 11.

Fleig-Palmer, M., Lear, J. L., Palmer, D. K., Luethke, T. (2012). How do Mentor and Proteges Choose Each Other? The Influence of Benevolence, OCB, and POS on the Initiation of Mentoring Relationships. Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching, 8, 32-42. http://contentcat.fhsu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/jbl/id/446.

Fleig-Palmer, M. M., Hodge, K. A., Lear, J. L. (2012). Teaching Ethical Reasoning using Venn Diagrams. Journal of Business Ethics Education, 9, 325-342.

Fleig-Palmer, M., Schoorman, F. D. (2011). Trust as a moderator of the relationship between mentoring and knowledge transfer. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 18(3), 334-343.

Fleig-Palmer, M., Luthans, K. W., Mandernach, B. J. (2009). Successful reemployment through resiliency development. Journal of Career Development, 35(3), 228-247.

Rathert, C., Fleig-Palmer, M. M., Palmer, D. K. (2006). Minimizing medical errors:  A qualitative analysis of health care providers' views on improving patient safety. Journal of Applied Management & Entrepreneurship, 11(4), 5-17.

Fleig-Palmer, M. M., Murrin, J., Palmer, D. K., Rathert, C. (2003). Meeting the needs of dual-career couples in academia. CUPA-HR Journal, 54(2), 12-15.

Book Chapters

Campos-Castillo, C., Woodson, B. W., Theiss-Morse, E., Sacks, T., Fleig-Palmer, M., Peek, M. E. (in press). Examining the Relationship between Interpersonal and Institutional Trust in the Political and Health Care Contexts.


Fleig-Palmer, M. (Co-Principal), Hollman, A. K. (Principal), "Identifying the factors that lead to successful peer support in a breast cancer support group: A pilot study," $3,703.00.

Fleig-Palmer, M., Kastello, L. L., Honeyman, S. E., Fleig-Palmer, M., Fritson, K. K., "Rethinking Comics as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool," University of Nebraska at Kearney, $20,573.00.

Fleig-Palmer, M. M., "A Longitudinal Examination of the Effects of a Formal Mentoring Program on Individual and Workplace Outcomes," Sponsored by University of Nebraska at Kearney - Research Services Council, University of Nebraska at Kearney, $3,000.00.