Dr. Duane D. Gunn | Troy University

Dr. Duane D. Gunn


Rodney Davis

Dr. Duane Gunn is currently Director of Operations and Lecturer at the Institute for Leadership Development at Troy University.  Prior to his current position at Troy University, he served 27 years in the United States Air Force.  He had assignments in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile operations, satellite command and control, space surveillance, space-lift operations and over 10 years in academia.  He has worked with numerous countries in Africa (Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Uganda, South Africa, and Zambia) to help them establish a Professional Military Education system in the respective countries.  Dr. Gunn has deployed to the Middle East (Qatar); was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and has been permanently stationed in California, Wyoming, Washington DC, Colorado, Alabama, and Alaska.

Dr. Gunn specializes in the areas of communication and the effects of different personalities on group dynamics.  Additionally, he explores how group dynamics affect organizational cultures.  Dr. Gunn is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I and II coach.  Additionally, he has worked with numerous groups on improving communication and developing goals for an organization.  His dissertation research explored the individual personality differences between officer career fields in the Air Force and how personalities impacted promotion opportunities.  Currently, Dr. Gunn is conducting a 2-year research project on the effects of leadership curriculum among 6th and 7th graders and the effects it has on disciplinary issues and standardized test scores.


Publications & Presentations

"How to be an Effective Team," Prattville Christian Academy Faculty and Staff, Prattville, AL, January 2018

"How to Communicate and Build a Better Team," NASA - International Space Station astronauts and Mission Control teams, Maxwell AFB AL, March 2016

"Development of Core Functions and Doctrine," Military Engagement - Nigeria Air Staff, June/July 2015

"Organizational Construct, Strategic and Doctrine Development," Military Engagement - Mali Air Staff, April 2015

“The Application of Airpower in Humanitarian, Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peace Enforcement Environments” 4th Annual African Air Chiefs Conference, Douala Cameroon - Sep 2014

“Alternative Distance Learning Strategies for Ghana Command and Staff College,” Military Engagement - Ghana Command and Staff College, July 2014

“How to Develop Faculty and Courseware in Professional Military Education,” Military Engagement - Botswana Command and Staff College Faculty Education Workshop, Nov 2011


Research Interests

Current research interests are:

  • Leadership development
  • Leadership and organizational/team behavior
  • Leadership curriculum and the effects in the classroom
  • Dark Leadership and its effects on historical figures



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