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Teresa C. "Teri" Tompkins, PhD Department Chair of Applied Behavioral Science and Organization Theory and Management

Teresa Tompkins, PhD

Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Tompkins joined the Graziadio Business School 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.


  • Claremont Graduate University,  Doctor of Philosophy
  • Claremont Graduate University,  Master of Business Administration

  • California State University,  Master of Science

  • California State University, Bachelor of the Arts


Dr. Tompkins is the author of six textbooks and teaching manuals, the most recent being International Cases in Management and Organizational Behavior. Her co- authored article, "Using Conflict to Your Advantage: Butting Heads Is Not Always Bad," has been reprinted in corporate newsletters. She has also published in the Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams, Journal of Management Education, Graziadio Business Report, the International Journal of Organizational Analysis, and the Journal of Organizational Development. Dr. Tompkins has made numerous presentations and has conducted workshops at locations around the world.

Julian Virtue Research Grant, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University

Haynes Dissertation Research Grant, Drucker Center, Claremont Graduate University

Fellowship, Drucker Center, Claremont Graduate University

Full-tuition Athletic Scholarship, Archery, California State University at Long Beach

Service Awards from Western Academy of Management, Western Casewriters Association, Western Organization and Management Teaching

Graziadio Business Review

Gen Y and Organizational Life

Using Conflict to Your Advantage


  • Applied Behavior
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Change Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Employee Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Executive Coaching and Development
  • Global Management & Organizational Behavior
  • High Performance
  • Teams Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Training
  • Learning Styles
  • Learning Teams Management
  • Management Communications China Communications
  • Conflict Management
  • Managerial Leadership
  • Nonprofit Boards of Directors
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Design
  • Organizational Performance
  • Organizational Learning
  • Positive Transformations
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Stress Management