Faculty Profiles

The faculty members of University of Phoenix are teachers, as well as dedicated working professionals. They have advanced degrees and substantial experience in the fields they teach. This enables them to bring a powerful combination of theory and practical expertise to the classroom.

Kevin Gazzara, DM

Kevin Gazzara has more than 25 years of management, leadership, organizational development and teaching experience in industries spanning from heavy equipment to high tech. He has served as the Senior Faculty Council Member for Organizational Behavior at University of Phoenix. He holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration in ...

Hector Garcia, EdD

Hector Garcia has more than 23 years of experience in law enforcement and security leadership and teaches criminal justice courses online. He is also the founder of a nationally recognized law enforcement and security consulting organization specializing in school and corporate safety and security.

His career experience includes serving as a chief of ...

Ruby Rouse

Ruby Rouse, PhD

Ruby Rouse has held a variety of leadership positions in business and higher education and currently teaches in the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and the School of Business, specializing in the Doctor of Business Administration program and research. She holds a doctoral degree in marketing communication from the University of Connecticut, a master's degree in speech from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree ...

Connie Lorthridge, EdD

Connie Lorthridge has spent over 36 years in public education and now teaches various humanities and education courses for University of Phoenix. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the Teacher's College of Columbia University and has been teaching with University of Phoenix for over seven years.

JoAnn Zerwekh, EdD

JoAnn Zerwekh is an educator, author and consultant with over 40 years of experience in nursing. She primarily teaches graduate-level nursing practicum courses online. JoAnn is the executive director of a nursing education consultant company that publishes books and provides NCLEX review courses for graduate nurses. She holds a master's in nursing from University of Texas at Arlington and a Doctor of Education in ...

Vlad Genin, PhD

Vlad Genin is an innovator in higher education and global business development with over 30 years of experience.

Vlad serves as the Chair of the University of Phoenix School of Business and the College of Information Systems & Technology at the Bay Area Campus. Since 2001, he has taught both undergraduate and graduate ...

Reginald Gardner, DM

Reginald Gardner is a senior business executive with a 30-year track record in the successful delivery of business solutions, predominately through the use of information technology. He has served in a leadership capacity for Fortune 500 companies in the retail, oil and insurance industries, including Sears Holdings Corp. and Allstate Corp. Reginald holds a doctoral degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from ...

Nancy Clifton-Hawkins, MPH

Nancy Clifton-Hawkins has been a faculty member in the College of Health Sciences and Nursing at University of Phoenix for over five years. She is also the principal at Clifton-Hawkins and Associates, a public health consulting firm.

She has master's degrees in both health education/promotion and international health, with an ...

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