Dr. Michelle K. Preiksaitis is a doctoral Associate Professor for the University of the Cumberlands, working in the business school. She owns Coastal Organizational Research and Learning Strategies, LLC and its subsidiary, CORALS' Journal of Applied Business. She is a strategic planning and talent management consultant, providing customized business services to small and medium-sized businesses, especially start-ups.

Her previous work experiences include building doctoral curricula as the Program Director, overseeing, mentoring, and chairing doctoral students and their dissertations, administering an online business management university program as the Associate Dean and Associate Professor, training new faculty to the online paradigm, and litigating (appeals and trials) as an Associate Attorney in Illinois.

She loves helping others with research and problem-solving. She spends her spare time with her husband, Capt. Ray and her mini-goldendoodle Sparky. On lucky weekends, she grandmothers her grandchildren, Colby, Leni, Asa, and Ali.
Publications/Presentations/Lectures: Conference Presentation. HR Martin DEI Conference. April 27, 2023. DEI: What you must do; What you should do.

PhD Management, Walden University, 2016
Juris Doctorate, Law, University of Illinois College of Law, 1991
MA Technical Communication, Texas Tech University, 2008
Masters Certification, Strategic Human Resources, Villanova, 2011
BA English Literature & Rhetoric, University of Illinois, 1988

Keynote Speaker - University of the Cumberlands Third Annual Research Symposium (April 1, 2023).

Published article: Tanner, A., & Preiksaitis, M. (2023). Perspectives of learning and training practitioners on gamification. CORALS’ Journal of Applied Research, 1(1), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.58593/cjar.v1i1.12

Published article: Stewart, K., & Preiksaitis, M. (2023). Information technology soft-skills training. CORALS’ Journal of Applied Research, 1(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.58593/cjar.v1i1.13

Seminar Presentation - Walden Consulting DBA Series. January 24, 2023. Writing Better: Doctoral Writing Strategies.

Published article: Johnston, S., & Preiksaitis, M. (2022). Strategies for small business administration 8(a) business development program-certified firms in program years 4-6. Business Management Research and Applications: A Cross-Disciplinary Journal, 1(2), 77-102. https://bmrajournal.columbiasouthern.edu/index.php/bmra/article/view/3419

Published article: Ashley, C., & Preiksaitis, M. (2022). Strategic cybersecurity risk management practices for information in small and medium enterprises. Business Management Research and Applications: A Cross-Disciplinary Journal, 1(2), 109-157. https://bmrajournal.columbiasouthern.edu/index.php/bmra/article/view/3421

Conference presentation - SubCon 2022, National Contract Management Association. 2022. Co-presenter with Dr. Sherri Johnston. Strategies for 8(a) Certified Firms in Years 4-6.

Conference presentation - Florida Treasure Coast Legal Conference. 2019, August. Equal Pay Act.

Presenter - HR Martin, Stuart, FL. 2018, July. High Performers: Who, What, Why?

Conference presentation - Association of Talent Development (ATD). 2015 Orlando International Expo. Developing the High Performer. Conference white paper: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4371.8563

  • Problem-Solving Strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership