The CIAM faculty are carefully selected and continuously evaluated. All faculty hold doctorates and have relevant and significant experience in their teaching areas. To ensure their success as facilitators of learning, CIAM not only requires faculty to participate in special training but also requires that faculty adopt the CIAM teaching approach that holds faculty responsible for student learning. Student success is their highest priority.
We have the highest expectations for the achievement and growth of our students, but we know that we will never reach those goals unless we are committed to supporting student learning. While we have a coterie of regular faculty, we do not have a system of tenure, so that we can continually engage the best available faculty, monitor faculty performance closely, and provide CIAM students with the best learning experience possible.
Administrators Teaching As Faculty:
Dr. Eric McLaughlin
Vice President / CAO / Director of Institutional Research
Combining academic disciplines of science and business, Dr. McLaughlin’s consulting projects span the private and not-for-profit sectors of health care management. He has consulted and provided financial management training for major corporations throughout the United States and the world. Sought after for his dymanic presentation style and his ability to translate difficult concepts into understandable terms, he has worked with professionals ranging from healthcare managers to physicians to CEO’s of major corporations. Administrative positions held include Professor of Finance, Real Estate and Law; Director of Graduate Programs, and Associate Dean for Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Public Health at UCLA.
Dr. Harish Amar
Associate Vice President
Dr. Amar has been Dean at three Universities including Dean of the College of Business and Management at West Coast University, Academic Dean at New West Coast University, and Executive Director & Dean at Advanced Colleges of America. As an academic administrator, he has held both professorial and executive positions at a number of universities including Director of Academic Administration, Director of Education, Director of Academic Development, and Executive Director and managed a budget of $9 million. He has evaluated universities for accreditation in the U.S., Puerto Rico, & Europe, and has presented various workshops & seminars abroad in Asia including China, Taiwan, & India.
Dr. Elisa Magill
• Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Alliant International University, Marshall Goldsmith School of Business
• M.B.A., California Institute of Advanced Management (CIAM)
• M.S. in Industrial Psychology, Alliant International University, Marshall Goldsmith School of Business
• B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Journalism, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Specialization: Leadership, and Organizational Development.
Dr. Magill is currently the Owner and Founder of Total Team Wellness. The focus is on Building your own Brand and Social Capital; Marketing for your Career Goals; Personality Type; Conflict Styles; Reducing Stress in the Workplace, and Emotional Intelligence. She has extensive experience in business focused mainly in the organizational and academic roles. Titles include Marketing Director, Business Manager, Program Manager, Campus College Chair, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, Sales Director, Corporate Trainer, Organizational Change and Development Consultant, Training and Development Consultant, Team Trainer and Facilitator, Writer, University Professor, Career, Life and Executive Coach and Speaker. Elisa has a total of 7 years of experience teaching a multitude of courses both online and on ground in the School of Business, College of Humanities, and the College of Social Sciences for both the University of Phoenix and the University of the Rockies. In addition to teaching in academia, she has experience in curriculum design and quality reviews for online courses as well as experience in academic leadership. Specialization: Leadership, and Organizational Development.
Dr. Robert Kirkland
Academics Projects Coordinator
Dr. Kirkland has taught at the United States Military Academy, the University of Southern California, Claremont McKenna College, and Trident University International. His academic awards include the Leo Codd Memorial Award as instructor of the year for all Army ROTC programs in the United States and the Hubert Herring Award presented by the Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies for singular contributions to the organization. He served over 25 years in the active duty Army culminating as the Army ROTC Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern California from 2010-2013.
Dr. J. Richard Johnson
Professor of Management
• University of California, Los Angeles - Ph.D. in Sociology (Organizational Behavior)
• University of California, Los Angeles - Master of Arts in Sociology (Small Group Dynamics, Theory, Research Methods)
• University of California, Los Angeles - Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Dr. Johnson has been a consultant and contract executive for thirty years. His most recent executive assignment was as Chief Administrative Officer for Praxis Associates, a fiber optics engineering and construction company, where he built the Procurement, HR, and legal departments from scratch, oversaw the awarding of $40 million in contracts and the hiring of 70 engineers, managers, and administrators. Over the years Dr. Johnson has consulted in several industries (including the public sector), specializing in change management, organizational development, project management, statistical process control, and financial modeling, circumnavigating the globe six times in the process. In the course of his career, he pioneered the organizational development function at Beckman Instruments, played a key role in the transformation of Pacific Bell following its divestiture from AT&T, and continued to serve other large telecommunications companies as both an organizational and statistical control consultant for two decades. He has served as an interim COO for two companies, including a garment manufacturer in Madagascar employing over 4,000 employees. His primary research interest is the relationship between leadership behavior and effort supply. He is currently writing a book on this topic. Specialization: Management and Organization Behavior, Entrepreneurship, Quantitative Analysis, and International Business.
Dr. James Dorsett
Professor of Business
• D.B.A. in International Business from Argosy University
• M.B.A. from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Dorsett received his D.B.A. in International Business from Argosy University and an M.B.A. from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. He brings over 30 years of business experience spanning a broad range of industries in Fortune 500 companies including Rockwell, Harris Corporation, and Avery International in a variety of positions including Contract Administrator, Comptroller, Product Manager and Director of Planning and Development. He has also participated in several start-ups including a mortgage software development company that was the first to create the back-office document process on a PC. Dr. Dorsett spent the last dozen of his corporate years working in a 100% employee-owned company where he became a staunch advocate of the ownership philosophy which posits positive gains in job satisfaction, motivation, organizational commitment, and employee wealth, as well as organizational profitability. Over the last 17 years, Dr. Dorsett has served as a full-time professor at Westwood College where he taught a variety of business courses including both financial and cost accounting, as well as finance; then joining CIAM teaching International Business, Finance, and Accounting for Decision-Making. Dr. Dorsett is a member of the Academy of Management.
Dr. Mohammad Reza Rajati
CiAM Adjunct Faculty
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- PhD, Electrical Engineering, May 2015
- MSc, Mathematical Statistics, August 2015
- MSc, Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran-Iran, Sep. 2001-Sep. 2005
- BSc in Electrical Engineering, Major Option in Systems and Control
Dr. Mohammad Reza Rajati is the founder of Intelligent Decision Analysis in Los Angeles, CA. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (with major option in control systems) from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran, in 2005 and the M.Sc. degree in mechatronics engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, in 2008, and MSc degrees in electrical engineering and mathematical statistics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA in 2012 and 2015 respectively. He also received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA, where he was an Annenberg Fellow from 2009 to 2015. He worked as a Research Assistant with the Center for Integrated Smart Oilfield Technologies (CiSoft), USC, where he developed a data-driven decision maker for enhanced oil recovery for Chevron-USA Inc, which resulted in filing a patent in 2015. He has published more than 30 technical papers on Artificial Intelligence, Decision Making, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Evidential Reasoning, and Rule-Based Systems. His research interests include machine learning and artificial intelligence and their applications to decision-making, control systems, smart oilfield technologies, and signal and image processing. Dr. Rajati is a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has served on the editorial board of two books and as a reviewer for many journals and conferences in the area of computational intelligence, including the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON FUZZY SYSTEMS, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CYBERNETICS, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, the IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FUZZY SYSTEMS, and the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. Dr. Rajati teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Operations Management, Business Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Machine Learning, and Linear Algebra at USC, UCLA, and CSULA.
Dr. Gene Coughlin
CiAM Adjunct Faculty
- Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Ed.D., Pepperdine University
Dissertation – Overcoming Adversity: Leader Strategies and Practices for Fostering Resilience
- Master of Business Administration, MBA (Human Resource Management), National University
- Master of Military Studies, MMS (Joint Warfare), American Military University
- Bachelor of Arts, History, American Military University
Dr. Gene Coughlin is currently the Founder and Chief Training Officer at the Resilience-Building Leader Program (RBLP). Previously, Dr. Coughlin worked as a Senior Program Manager/Director at multiple Fortune 500 companies (AECOM, SAIC) and a national non-profit (American Red Cross). He retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2007 after more than 20 years of active service.
Dr. Coughlin is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership program at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. For his dissertation research at Pepperdine, he examined the strategies and practices that military leaders use to foster resilience in their organizations. This study yielded a taxonomy of resilience-building leader practices that are applicable to leaders in any type of organization.
Dr. Byron Ramirez
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
Claremont Graduate University, Department of Politics and Economics
- PH.D. IN ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
- Fields: Economics, Political Economy, and Analytics
Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management
- MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT
- Concentration: Management and Strategy
California State Polytechnic University Pomona, School of Business
- BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE
- Concentration: Finance
Dr. Byron Ramirez is a strategy and management consultant with expertise in economics, finance, and analytics. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ramirez worked in corporate finance roles for JC Penney, Caltech, Bank of America, Lennar Corporation, and Basin Water. After completing his M.S. in management from the Drucker School, he went on to complete a PhD degree in economics at Claremont Graduate University. Through a series of econometric models, Dr. Ramirez’ dissertation explored entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. Dr. Ramirez has worked as a macroeconomic and international trade analyst at Wikistrat, and as a consultant for CENTRA Tech. He has performed trade analysis for the US Department of Agriculture and other organizations. Dr. Ramirez has taught MBA courses in strategy, economics, and management at different universities. He has published papers on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, international trade, macroeconomics, economic development, management best practices, and sustainable development. Dr. Ramirez has completed advanced certificate programs at the World Bank, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and USC Marshall School of Business.
Dr. Doug Roberts
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
Capella University - Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Management
University of Phoenix - Master of Business Administration
University of Phoenix - Bachelor of Science Business Information Systems
Dr. Roberts has been in the telecommunications field for over thirty-five years. As an entrepreneur, he founded a service company specializing in mobile voice and data communications serving the commercial, public-safety, and mass transportation markets. He has also held various technical, supervisory, and managerial positions in Southern California local government agencies. As an educator, Dr. Roberts has served as adjunct faculty at several leading universities where he facilitates undergraduate, graduate, and doctorial courses in business management, leadership, ethics, and technology.
Dr. Vahick Yedgarian
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
Vahick Yedgarian is President and Chief Investment Officer of Regency Financial Group, a Los Angeles based investment management and business consulting firm. He has more than 30 years of diverse global experience: Europe, Middle-East, and U.S. in education management, turnaround expert, leadership development, investment, and consulting. One of his major accomplishments in organizational change for sustainability in higher education industry is his philosophy of the Triple Bottom Line approach. His foresight and long-term view of organizational change and sustainability in higher education facilitated a seamless transition of his department to meet Department of Education's new rules and regulations.
As a COO/CFO his major international accomplishment is the transition of the instant-coup-soup business from private label in the U.S. to proprietary manufacturing in Russia. He negotiated all contracts to purchase and install the plant, renegotiated with suppliers of raw materials for improved quality, delivery, and reduction in prices, implemented logistics, supply-chain, and technology to support.
Dr. Paul W. Murray
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
Paul Murray obtained his diploma in Engineering Technology and went on to work in manufacturing for over 20 years. During that time, Paul served as industrial engineer, project manager, and operations manager with assignments throughout North America and Asia. Paul completed his Bachelor degree while working full time. In 2010, Paul quit working so that he could pursue his education full time. He obtained a Master degree in Technology Management from Memorial University Newfoundland. At graduation, Paul was awarded the title “Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies” for outstanding academic achievements. Paul is nearing completion of his PhD in Engineering at University of Montreal. Paul has taught at Cal State LA since 2016.
Dr. Gregory F. Zerovnik
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
Gregory F. (Greg) Zerovnik is an award-winning marketing professional. He has a BFA from California College of the Arts, an Executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University and an MA and PhD in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.
Dr. Zerovnik has over 30 years of marketing, advertising, and public relations experience. He has taught marketing and strategic management in MBA programs at University of La Verne, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Monterey Bay, La Sierra University, and University of Redlands. He taught branding and positioning at two universities in the People’s Republic of China for two weeks in 2003 on a teaching fellowship.
He has worked on both the client and agency sides of the marketing communications business, working with and for governmental and non-profit organizations, as well as for-profit companies. Specialization: Marketing
Dr. Elisabeth Musil
CIAM ADJUNCT FACULTY
BA in Liberal Studies, concentration in Business from Antioch University of Southern California
MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University of Southern California
PhD. Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix
An online entrepreneur since 2002, I work as a coach, consultant, designer, web developer, author, and professor. I teach entrepreneurship, leadership, research, and design at the university level, and have completed research studies on virtual leadership. I have taught business ethics courses at several universities. I specialize in coaching entrepreneurs, educators, and organizations in research-based virtual business processes, and also work with various organizations as a subject matter expert and instructional designer. I've published 7 books, and am a co-author of the bestselling book, Modern Instructor: Keys to Exceptional Online Teaching. I earned a D.M. in Organizational Leadership, a M.A. in Management, and a Master's in IT. I mainly work out of my seaside villa located on a peninsula outside of Los Angeles, with my rescue dog, Zoe. Specialization: Leadership