Bruce Gillies, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Business; Director, MBA Online; Director of Organizational Leadership Program
(805) 493-3377
Swenson Building Room 232


Bruce Gillies comes to CLU with a varied career. After 22 years of active duty in the Navy-- spending time on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, engine rooms on destroyers, and several years in human resources, he retired in March of 2000 as a Master Chief (E9). Bruce has also held leadership positions in colleges and universities as Faculty Advisor and Acting Dean of Adult Education. He holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. His research interests are in career and leadership development as well as Sport Team development. Bruce Teaches courses in Business Statistics, Organizational Theory, Business Ethics, Leadership Theory and Practice, Behavior in Organizations, Foundations of I/O Psychology, and Organization Development.

Bruce's recent book, 'The 21st Century Career Search System," provides readers with keen insights into the current state of career search. It also provides insight from the perspective of hiring managers and goes beyond just getting a job. It discusses the value of finding a truly rewarding career. 

Bruce was the director of the Cal Lutheran Adult Degree Evening Program (ADEP) from 2005 to 2010. During that time, the ADEP grew three new majors, expanded to two satellite sites, and experienced a 10% growth in admissions. He is currently the chair of the California Lutheran University Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science major.  He has conducted scientific and applied research in organizational leadership, sport psychology, and organization development, and career development.

From 2010 to present, Bruce has been the Director of the Online MBA program. During this time, the program has seen continuous growth in both quality and quanity of the online courses at CLU. 

He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in Leadership Development programs, organizational change initiatives, career development programs, organizational culture, and downsizing.

  • Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Alliant International University 
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, United States International University
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, United States International University
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of the State of New York

Executive Coaching, Team Building, Sports Leadership.  As an Organizational Development consultant, Bruce has worked with organizations ranging in size from 35 to 500,000 helping them developy systemic methods to improve retention, develop managerial leadership programs, and conduct intelligent downsizing endeavors.

Bruce has provided organizations with several training sessions on values based leadership, retention of key employees, career development processes and procedures, tuition reimbursement accounting, and shifting organizational cultures.  He has worked with athletic teams ranging from recreational sports to professional teams in improving mental skills. 

Career search and development both from an individual perspective and an organizational career development strategy perspective. 


Gillies, B. (2016)"The 21st Century Career Search System."  Prominent Books, Tampa Bay, FL

Survive the recession, Thrive in the Recovery, Pacific Coast Business

   Times,  June, 2010

Job Search in a Slow Economy, Pacific Coast Business Times, March 2009

                                    Kantor, J, Costantino, M., & Gillies, B. (August 28, 2004). Problems at

home may cause sick leave use. Paper presented at the Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Time Management, Memphis Business Journal, October 2002

Change Management, Memphis Business Journal, December 2002

                                    Various articles on Career Transitions, Blue Jacket, Millington, TN 2001

                                    Reducing Turnover, Memphis Business Journal, October 2001

                                    Retention Programs, San Diego Business Journal, October 2000

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