Faculty of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Dr. Shamala Kumar

Senior Lecturer



Official Address :

Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management,
Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

shamalak@pdn.ac.lk
kumar.shamala@gmail.com


Telephone :

+94 81 239 5503


Personal Website :






  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, August 2005.
  • Master of Science
    Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. August 1999.
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. May 1996.
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, USA.
  • American Psychological Association, USA
  • Association for Human Resource Professionals, Sri Lanka
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, March 2007 to date.
  • Lecturer (October, 2005 - May, 2006), Postgraduate Institute of Management, Univ. of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
  • Treasurer, Interim Committee, The Psychology Association of Sri Lanka (Nov. 2008 to present). The committee is responsible for developing a national body for psychologists in Sri Lanka.
  • Secretary, Board of Study in Business Administration, January, 2009 - present. Responsible for the duties of Secretary for the board offering degrees in Business Management at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.
Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting Lecturer (November, 2006 - present), Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.
  • Subject Matter Expert (May, 2006 to present), Department of Management, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Visiting Lecturer (January -May, 2008), Department of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya
  • Achievement Motivation in work and academic settings, work context and job performance, education and policy.
Keynote/Invited Papers
  • Kumar, S. Keynote Address at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute's for the Inaugural session of the Diploma Course in Counseling in 2008 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
  • Kumar, S. When goals change: Impact of difficulty of the change in performance goals. Invited to speak in 2005 at the Solomon Asch Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Research Publications
  • Kumar, S. Jagacinski, C.M. (in press). Confronting Task Difficulty in Ego Involvement:
  • Change in Performance Goals. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Boe, J. L., Lam, H Miller, S.A. (2010). Great Expectations:
  • Changes in Achievement Goals across the College Semester. Emotion and Motivation, 34, 191-204..
  • Jagacinski, C.M., Kumar, S., Kokkinou, I (2008) Challenge seeking: The relationship ofachievement goals to choice of task difficulty level in ego-involving and neutral conditions. Motivation and Emotion, 32, 310-322.
  • Kumar, S. Jagacinski, C. M. (2006). Imposters Have Goals Too: The Imposter
  • Phenomenon and Its Relationship to Achievement Goal Theory. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 147-157.
  • Reeder, G. D., Kumar, S., Hesson-McInnis, M., Trafimow, D. (2002). Inferences about
  • the morality of an aggressor: The role of perceived motive. Journal of Personality &Social Psychology, 83, 789-803.
  • Rambodagedara, S. Kumar, S. (2010). Leisure Activities in Ragala: What Role Does Gender Play? Paper presented at the Twelfth National Conference on Women's Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Fernando, M.A.C. Kumar, S. (2009) Characteristics that contribute to university adjustment: First-year Agriculture undergraduate students of the University of Peradeniya. Paper presented at the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Gunawardana, D.K.H.H. Kumar, S. (2008). Sales performance and goal orientations for task and social achievement. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Science, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • De Mel, W. L. I. Kumar, S. (2008). What makes teams work? Leader-member relationship quality and employee performance and job attitudes. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Science, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S. Lam, H., Lustenberger, D. E. An Exploratory Study of Work
  • Avoidance in the College Classroom, paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 2008, New York.
Refereed
  • Tharshini*, U. & Kumar, S. (revising, accepted for publication). Climbing Different Ladders of Success: Perceptions of Barriers to Career Advancement of Women and Men Holding Public Sector Managerial Positions in Jaffna District.
  • Kumar, S. (in press). Politics of the Teacher-Learner Relationship and Shifts in Educational Policy in Sri Lanka. In R. Kumar (ed.), Neoliberalism and the educational crisis in South Asia: Alternatives and possibilities. Delhi: Routledge.
  • Rauf*, F. H. A. & Kumar, S. (in press). Dimensions of organisational citizenship behaviour: Emic, etic, or both? South Asian Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • Kumar, S. & Gunawardana*, H. (2014). Succeeding at Sales by Avoiding Failure: Social Achievement Goals in a Collectivist Cultural Context. South Asian Journal of Human Resource Management.
  • Weerasinghe, C. A. K. & Kumar, S. (2014). University students' intention to pursue overseas jobs: A Case of the University of Peradeniya. Tropical Agricultural Research, 26, 94-108.
  • Kumar, S. & Jagacinski, C.M. (2011). Confronting Task Difficulty in Ego Involvement: Change in Performance Goals. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103, 664-682.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Boe, J. L., Lam, H & Miller, S.A. (2010). Great Expectations: Changes in Achievement Goals across the College Semester. Emotion and Motivation, 34, 191-204.
  • Jagacinski, C.M., Kumar, S., & Kokkinou, I (2008) Challenge seeking: The relationship of achievement goals to choice of task difficulty level in ego-involving and neutral conditions. Motivation and Emotion, 32, 310-322.
  • Kumar, S. & Jagacinski, C. M. (2006). Imposters Have Goals Too: The Imposter Phenomenon and Its Relationship to Achievement Goal Theory. Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 147-157.
  • Reeder, G. D., Kumar, S., Hesson-McInnis, M., & Trafimow, D. (2002). Inferences about the morality of an aggressor: The role of perceived motive. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 83, 789-803.
Scientific Communications
  • Kumar, S. (2015). The politics of the teacher-learner relationship in psychology. Resistance and Renewal: International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Coventry, UK.
  • Deepthi*, U. G. T. & Kumar, S. (2014). Effects of adaptation to climate change on yield based on market versus production orientation. Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Karthiga*, K. & Kumar, S. (2014). Motivational goals regarding English language and the impact of English language performance on academic achievement: The case of final year students of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Muthukumarana*, L. N. & Kumar, S. (2014). A comparison of dual and single manager households' work-family conflict and business performance. Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Siyambalapitiya*, J. & Kumar, S. (2014). Perceptions of Communication, Job Performance and Productivity in RPC's Tea Plantations in Sri Lanka. Annual London Business Research Conference, Imperial College, London.
  • Tennakoon*, W. D. N. S. M. & Kumar, S. (2014). The type of task and method of training as determinants of self-efficacy: A test of Social Learning Theory. Paper presented at the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions held at Peradeniya University, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Tharshini*, U. & Kumar, S. (2014). Barriers to women's public sector career advancement at the managerial level in Jaffna District. Paper presented at the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions held at Peradeniya University, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Weerasinghe*, C. A. K. & Kumar, S. (2014). University students' intention to pursue overseas jobs: A Case of the University of Peradeniya. Paper presented at the Congress of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Wickramasingha*, D. M. D. S. & Kumar, S. (2014). Achievement goals towards English language learning: The case of first year students of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. Paper presented at the Peradeniya University International Research Sessions held at Peradeniya University, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Wijesinghe*, P. M. K. M. & Kumar, S. (2014). The relationship of agricultural business operators' entrepreneurial motives and subjective well-being with business start-up and success. Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Kumar, S. (2013). Ideological congruence as a source of military-university collaborations: An examination of the public higher educational system in Sri Lanka. Paper presented at the International Seminar on Why Peace Accords and Peace Processes Falter? Resolving Ethno-Nationalist Conflicts and the Challenge for Democracy & Equality held at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.
  • Rauf*, F. H. A. & Kumar, S (2012). Organizational citizenship behavior: Measurement and validation in the context of Sri Lankan Universities. Paper presented at the 2nd International Symposium of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.
  • Rauf*, F. H. A. & Kumar, S. (2011). Dimensions of organisational citizenship behaviour: Emic, etic, or both? Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities held at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Rambodagedara*, S. & Kumar, S. (2010). Leisure Activities in Ragala: What Role Does Gender Play? Paper presented at the Twelfth National Conference on Women's Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Fernando*, M.A.C. & Kumar, S. (2009) Characteristics that contribute to university adjustment: First-year Agriculture undergraduate students of the University of Peradeniya. Paper presented at the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Gunawardana*, D.K.H.H. & Kumar, S. (2008). Sales performance and goal orientations for task and social achievement. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Science, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • De Mel*, W. L. I. & Kumar, S. (2008). What makes teams work? Leader-member relationship quality and employee performance and job attitudes. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Science, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S. Lam, H., & Lustenberger, D. E. (2008). An Exploratory Study of Work Avoidance in the College Classroom, paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.
  • Jayasooriya*, K.A.S.P. & Kumar, S. (2007). Creating brand loyalty through understanding affective and cognitive responses of consumer behavior. Paper presented at the International Conference on Business Management, Sri Jayewardene, Sri Lanka.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Lam, H., & Bonaccio, S. (2007). Work Avoidance and Goal Orientations in Work and Academic Domains, paper presented at the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, New York.
  • Kumar, S., Jagacinski, C. M., Lam, H. &, Lustenberger, D. E. (2007). Goal orientation in the prediction of citizenship and performance, paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Lam, H., Lustenberger, D. E. (2007). Effects of Order of Problem Difficulty and Achievement Goals on Test Motivation, Performance, and Affective Outcomes, paper to be presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Bonaccio, S., Lam, H. (2006). A preliminary investigation of the work avoidance goal orientation construct. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dallas.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., Bonaccio, S. (2006). Performance-approach versus performance-avoidance goals: Effects on performance and affect during cognitive testing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego.
  • Kumar, S. & Jagacinski, C. M. (2005). Meeting the challenge: Changes in achievement goals as a function of increasing task difficulty. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., & Kokkinou, K. (2005). The impact of goal orientations on challenge seeking. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Los Angeles.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S., & Bonaccio, S. (2005). Investigating the Antecedents of Maladaptive Academic Behaviors Using Achievement Goal Theory. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Jagacinsk, C. M., Kumar, S., & Boe, L. J. (2004). Predictive change: Variations in Achievement Goals during an Introductory College Course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Jagacinsk, C. M., Boe, L. J., Kumar, S., Lam, H., Bonaccio, S, & Kokkinou, I. (2004). When goals matter: Changes in the predictive value of achievement goals. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Kumar, S. & Jagacinski, C. M. (2003). Imposters have goals too: An examination of the imposter phenomenon and its relationship to achievement goal theory. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.
  • Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, & S., Boe, L. J. (2003). The 2x2 Structure of Achievement Goal Orientations: Applications in the college classroom. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.
  • Kumar, S., Reeder, G. D. & Hesson-McInnis, M. S. (2001). Modeling Attributions of Morality for Aggression. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Kumar, S. & Reeder, G. D. (2000). Attributions of morality for aggression: Motives make a difference. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Kumar, S., Reeder, G. D., Hesson-McInnis, M. S. & Gipson, K. (1999). Attributions of morality for instrumental and reactive aggression. Poster session at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.
  • Kumar, S. (1999). Attributions of morality for instrumental aggression. Paper presented at the Graduate Research Symposium of Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
  • Kumar, S. & Teverbaugh, K. (1998). Attribution of Aggression: Morality. Poster session at the Graduate Research Symposium of Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M. & Kumar, S. (1998). Occupational aspirations of preschoolers in the United States and Sri Lanka. Poster session at the annual meeting of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Congress, Bellingham, WA.
  • Vandermaas-Peeler, M., Woods, A. I., Benjamin, C., Kumar, S., Braden, S. J. & Dailey, J. M. (1995). Perception of real versus imagined actions, Poster session at the annual meeting of the South Eastern Psychological Association, Savanna, GA.
  • Kumar, S. & Vandermaas-Peeler, M. Sri Lankan pre-schoolers' career aspirations. Poster session at the South Eastern Psychological Association (Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity), Savanna, GA.
  • Kumar, S. & Vandermaas-Peeler, M. (1995). Gender differences in choice and description of best friends. Poster session at the Scientific Sewanee, Sewanee, Tennessee.