Joe Kotrlik, Emeritus
Title: J.C. Atherton Professor Emeritus
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education, Tarleton State University, 1971
PhD: Doctor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 1978
Dr. Kotrlik is J. C. Atherton Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Human Resource Development. His research focus is on performance-based training and program evaluation; personnel evaluation and performance; and technology integration in all areas of human resource education and workforce development. He has served as Chair and Advisor for over seventy Ph.D. students and over two hundred Master of Science students.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Kotrlik started his professional career teaching agriscience education at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, where he was also a part-time adjunct instructor of workforce development courses at Wharton County Junior College. During his years in Rosenberg, he also served as a part-time workforce development consultant, Vice-President of a land development corporation, and a real estate broker.
While studying for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, his first university teaching experiences were as an Instructor for Texas A&M University and as a Guest Instructor for the University of Florida. He was awarded the prestigious Education Professions Development Act (EPDA) Fellowship in support of his studies at Texas A&M University.
Since retiring in 2013, Dr. Kotrlik continues to consult part-time with major corporations, federal government agencies, and higher education institutions on workforce development and performance issues. He also works part-time as an external program evaluator for universities in other countries.