Kristin Flora, Ph.D.


Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Professor of Psychology, Roscoe W. Payne Endowed Chair in Philosophy & Psychology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  – Milwaukee, WI
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Milwaukee, WI
  • B.S., Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, IN

Year Joined Franklin


Professional Memberships

  • Council of Independent Colleges, Academic Leadership Liaison
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana, Academic Leadership Liaison
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Teaching of Psychology
  • Midwestern Psychological Association

Areas of Responsibility

Academic Curriculum, Hamilton Library, Academic Records, Engaged Learning (Global Education, Career and Professional Development, Digital Fluency)

Selected Publications

Flora, K. C., & Li-Barber, K.T. (2023). Call me Dr. Ruth Howard: First African American Woman to Earn a PhD in Psychology. In J. Grahe, M. Ceynar & R. S. Mason (Eds.), Early Psychological Research Contributions from Women of Color: Volume 1 (Chapter 5). Routledge.

Flora, K.C. (19 October, 2020). Tending to your mental health while leading through a crisis. Academic Leader.

Boysen, G., Naufel, K.Z., Sawhiney, M., Wood, S., Flora, K.C., & Hill, J. (2020). Mentorship of undergraduate research experiences: Best practices, learning goals, and an assessment rubric. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology

Flora, K.C. (2019, April 11). Beyond the icebreaker: Building community in the classroom [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Professional Accomplishments

Featured Leader, Women in Leadership, Southside Business Exchange, February 2023 Finalist, Woman of the Year nominee, Aspire Women’s Leadership Workshop, Fall 2022 Graduate of the ICI Leadership Academy, Cohort 2 (2021-2022)

Civic and Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Community Engaged Alliance
  • 100+ Women Who Care
  • Resurrection Lutheran Church

In My Spare Time…

I spend a lot of time in gyms, soccer fields, golf courses, and tennis courts supporting my two children in their athletic endeavors. Personally, I enjoy the outdoors and as a family we do a fair amount of hiking. I love reading, particularly nonfiction and biographies, and watching documentaries. Some of my fondest memories, both professionally and personally, come from travel. I have been fortunate to accompany three sets of Franklin College students on study away courses, and am working to get to visit as many of the 50 states as possible with my family.