:: Deborah Kerr, Ph.D.

Deborah L. Kerr, Ph.D., is a partner in affintus, a web-based selection services company. For the last 20 years she has also consulted with private, public, and nonprofit organizations on performance management and measurement systems, strategic planning, strategy implementation, and manager and executive performance. For the last ten years, she has served on the graduate faculty at Texas A&M University where she teaches management, policy theory, and performance management.

She has worked with government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations to improve performance, helping them implement clear and realistic strategies that save time, save money, and grow a better bottom line. Her work as a manager has been written about in Financial World magazine and featured in both Paul Niven's 2002 book Balanced Scorecard Step by Step and Mohan Nair's 2004 book Essentials of the Balanced Scorecard.

While an executive, Deborah led the development of the one of the nation's first public sector balanced scorecards, and in 2004, the SAO and its measurement system was recognized as one of the world's best when it was elected to the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame. While on the executive team of the State Auditor's Office, she also helped implement innovative work processes that were adopted by audit organizations across the U.S. For the Maxwell School of Government, Syracuse University, she served on the National Advisory Panel for Human Resource Performance Measurement to develop public sector performance measures for the "Grading Government" studies published by Governing magazine.

Deborah's articles about organizational management have been published in Perform magazine and the Journal of Accountancy and have been published in Italy and India as well. She co-authored a chapter on consulting to public sector organizations for the textbook In Action: Building a Successful Consulting Practice (ASTD, 2002). Deborah is frequently asked to speak at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings about managing strategy and work systems, measuring results, and managing people.

She holds degrees from St. Mary's College (Notre Dame), Columbia University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Courses taught:

  • PD15028
    Date: October 14, 2014 (Tue)
    Time: 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Location: TCC, 3.108
  • PD15179
    Date: December 10, 2014 (Wed)
    Time: 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Location: CMS, 1.138
  • PD15175
    Date: November 11, 2014 (Tue)
    Time: 8:30 am—4:30 pm
    Location: CMS, 1.138