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Our faculty members have either doctoral degrees in the fields of their expertise or are experienced professionals who are capable of combining the rigor of academic learning with practical relevance. What they all have in common is their commitment to our students in the classroom and beyond.

Gerhard Apfelthaler, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Management
Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) 1997

Ali Akbari, Ph.D.

Professor, Business Administration
University of Southern California

Carmina Bech Segarra, MBA

Visiting Lecturer

Earle Charles, Ph.D.

Lecturer and Director of the MSIT Program
Berne University 2000
Business Startups; Strategic Business Partner Identification; Business Strategy; Customer Relationship Management; Healthcare Business Management; Healthcare Information Ecosystem; Enterprise Systems Architecture Design, Implementation and Management

Dazhi Chong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Business Administration
Old Dominion University 2016
Business Analytics, Social Network Analysis, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Data Mining, Financial Analysis

Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Economics, Executive Director, Center for Economics of Social Issues
University of Surrey 1981
Economic Analyses of Social Issues, Public Policy Analyses, Economic and Social Impact Assessment, Program Evaluation

Annie Denq, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.S.W

Lecturer in the School of Management
University of San Diego 2023

Matthew Fienup, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Economic Research & Forecasting; Associate Professor, Economics
University of California Santa Barbara 2017
Applied Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Economic Policy Analysis, Land Use, Environmental Markets

John Garcia, DBA

Assistant Professor of Finance
Creighton University 2020
Behavioral Finance, Financial Analysis, Financial Distress, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Business Analytics, FinTech

Virginia Gean, MBA, CMA

Senior Lecturer, Accounting
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 2002
Virginia Gean has been teaching at CLU for 15 years and she brings her 30+ years of real life business experience to the classroom, to enrich the subjects of Accounting and Finance

Dan Hamilton, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor, MS in Quantitative Economics program and Director, Economics, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting
University of California, Santa Barbara 2002
Forecasting, Time Series Econometrics, Macroeconomic Theory, Input-Output Analysis and Economic Measurement, Business Cycle Analysis

Virginia Ilie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Information Technology
University of Central Florida 2005
Data science and machine learning, Data management, IT project management, IT implementations, Intuitive interface design, IT user engagement and workarounds.

Edward H. Julius, M.S., CPA

Professor, Business Administration
Wharton Graduate School 1975

Sabith Khan, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A.

Director and Associate Professor, Master of Public Policy & Administration (MPPA)
Virginia Tech 2015
American philanthropy, International Development, Leadership, Nonprofit organizations, Organizational change and impact of technology.

Kirk Lesh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics
University of California Santa Barbara 2013
Applied Microeconomics

Ran Lu-Andrews, Ph.D., CFA

Director and Associate Professor, Business Administration
University of Cincinnati 2011
Corporate Finance, Real Estate

Valeria Makarova, Ph.D., MBA

Director, Teaching Effectiveness, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Lomonosov Moscow State University

Kyle McIntosh, CPA, MBA

Program Director, Executive MBA, MBA, and Masters in Management Programs
UCLA Anderson School of Business 2009

Susan Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor and Program Director of Business Administration
University of Illinois Chicago

Tracy Nickl, PhD

Assistant Professor in the School of Management

Mark Orlando, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of Sports Management Program
Pepperdine University 2015

Michael Panesis, MBA

Executive Director, Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Rutgers University 1989
Entrepreneurship, startups, new venture creation, new venture investment

Geoffrey D. Plourde, JD, CPA

Lecturer and Accounting Program Director, School of Management
Southwestern Law School 2018
Innovation and AI, Tax Practice Management, Tax Practice and Procedure

Renee S. Rock

Senior Lecturer, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship
California State University Northridge
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Communication

Hossein Salehi, Ph.D., CFP®

Assistant Professor, Financial Planning
Texas Tech University

Setayesh Sattari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marketing
Sustainability Marketing

Adrijana Sekulovic, Ph.D.

Lecturer, School of Management
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre

Mary Jo Shane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fielding Graduate University 2001

Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Professor
University of St. Gallen Switzerland 2004
Talent Management, International Management, Human Resources, Business Education