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Teresa C. "Teri" Tompkins, PhD
Professor of Applied Behavioral Science

Phone: (310) 568-5725
E-mail: teri.tompkins@pepperdine.edu

  • PhD, Claremont Graduate University
  • MBA, Claremont Graduate University
  • MS, California State University, Long Beach
  • BA, California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Tompkins joined the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in 2001. Prior to her arrival at Pepperdine, she was faculty at The University of Redlands for eight years. During her tenure at the University of Redlands, she was nominated twice for best teacher of the year and received an outstanding service award. In addition, she served as department chair for a multi-disciplinary department and chaired several curriculum committees. Dr. Tompkins received her MBA (with an emphasis in Strategy and Marketing) and Ph.D. (with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior) from Claremont Graduate University. She earned her masters and bachelors degrees respectively in Recreation and Leisure Studies for non-for-profit management from CSULB.

In addition to her career in academia, Dr. Tompkins was responsible for the start-up and the subsequent management of two companies in the health care and construction businesses. She has also held a key management position in a Japanese import/export operation and in two not-for-profit organizations. She has been active in several professional organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the Western Academy of Management. She has served as program chair and president of Western Casewriters Association. Dr. Tompkins consults with organizations in the areas of positive transformation and organizational learning. She has written six textbooks and instructors' manuals. Her interests include writing and drawing, and anything to do with nature, including, hiking, biking, and natural science.

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