Dr. Shamala Kumar

Senior Lecturer

Office Address: 

Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management

Faculty of Agriculture

University of Peradeniya

Peradeniya, Sri lanka




94 812 395 5005

Personal Website: 

Educational Qualifications :

  • Ph.D, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. August 2005.
  • M.Sc., Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. August 1999.
  • B.A., University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. May 1996.

Appoinments (Selected):

  • 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

Memberships and Awards:

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, USA.
  • American Psychological Association, USA
  • Association for Human Resource Professionals, Sri Lanka

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 Interests:

  •  Achievement motivation, measurement

Research Publications Papers (Selected):

  • 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.

Research Publications Presentations (Selected):

  • 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.