Applying What You Learn Dr. Wilburn's focus is helping students apply management principles to their personal and work lives. She creates assignments that use students' work experiences, and loves hearing that a student received a promotion or was applauded for implementing a class project.

Dr. Wilburn teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in management.  In the undergraduate program, she teaches Social Responsibility of Business, Social Enterprise, and International Management. In the MBA program she teachers Social Responsibility of Business and Managing Technology Change. She uses her research in Corporate Social Responsibility for the ethical lens for her courses. She came to St. Edward's after many years in the corporate and government sectors as a manager, and shares what she learned with students. She also taught as an adjunct instructor for twenty years.

The focus of my teaching is to help students develop their management and leadership talents through real-life exercises and applications that provide them practice for success in the real world.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Management  and tenure, 2012

Associate Professor, 2007-2012

Assistant Professor, 2002-2007

Year Started


  • Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Southern California
  • MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado
  • MA in English from the University of New Mexico
  • BA  in English and Journalism from the University of New Mexico

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

 Distinguished Teaching Award and Nominated for SEU Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006 (Finalist for SEU Award) and 2013

 Advisor of the Year and Nominated for St. Edward's Advisor of the Year, 2007 and 2013

St. Edward's Eddie Award. Shared in award for committee that developed grant and program for College Assistance Migrant Program's Bridge to College Success, 2010

Class of 2007 Senior Signature Campaign gift in my honor by former student, 2007.

Publications & Articles


Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2019). Benefit Corporations: An Analysis of Social Benefit Reporting. Business and Professional Ethics Journal.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2019). New Partnering Opportunities for the Nonprofit Sector. Journal of Vincentian Social Action.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2018). The Impact of Technology on Business and Society. Global Journal of Business Research.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2018). Challenges for Managing Business in the 21st Century. Review of Business & Finance Studies.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2016). The Growing Importance of Integrated Reporting for Corporate Social Responsibility. Review of Business & Finance Studies.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2016). Asking What else to Identify Unintended Negative Consequences. Business Horizons.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2015). Social Purpose in a Social Media World. Journal of Global Responsibility.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2015). Evaluating Social Accountability of Founding Certified B Corps. Journal of Global Responsibility

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2014). Social License to Operate as a Business Strategy. Organizational Cultures: An International Journal.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2013). Using Global Reporting Initiative Indicators for CSR Programs. Journal of Global Responsibility, 4 (1).

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2013). The Double Bottom Line: Profit and Social Benefit. Business Horizons.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2012). Achieving Social License to Operate Using Stakeholder Theory. Journal of International Business Ethics.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2012). Applied Learning and Reflection. Journal of Business Management and Change.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2011). Abbreviated Scenario Thinking. Business Horizons.

Wilburn, K. & Wilburn, R. (2011). Scenarios and Strategic Decision Making. Journal of Management Policy and Practice.

Wilburn, K. (2008). A Model for Partnering with Not-For-Profits to Develop Socially Responsible Business in a Global Environment. Journal of Business Ethics.

For Students

Why I Teach

When students report that they have successfully applied the concepts I teach in the classroom to their work environment I feel I have added value to their development.

Department Group

School Group

The Bill Munday School of Business