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Featured Faculty

Learn more about Trident's featured faculty



Trident University is unique among online Universities in that it actively conducts research on a regular basis.  Trident has more than a 90% doctoral faculty including many professors who are leaders in their fields and are actively publishing with our doctorate students.


TUI is not simply shaped by its faculty; rather, they define it. Recognizing this, we are proud to feature

Dr. James Hodges

Professor, COE

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"As an alum of Trident University, I have witnessed first-hand what a degree from this wonderful institution can provide. Now, I am thrilled to be part of the team delivering this world-class education to students across the globe.” Read More


Dr. Patricia Rhynders

Program Director, BSHS

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"I am enthusiastic about helping to prepare health professionals who will promote health for all at the local, regional, national, and global levels.” Read More


Dr. Catherine Cameron

Professor, CBA

"MY GOAL is to SHARE, TEACH and GIVE BACK to society by not only sharing my knowledge with more people than those students that attend my university classes, but to donate a percentage of the proceeds to an organization that helped my family when we needed it.” Read More


Dr. Scott Amundsen

Associate Provost

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"Trident University has been a wonderful experience for me because I really enjoy working with students; I know a degree is going to make a difference in their lives.”


Dr. Qin Sun

Professor, CBA

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"I love Trident because of the academic excellence we strive to achieve here. This is a major differentiation from other online universities. This is the place I can make a contribution, based on my academic research background.” Read More


Dr. Stephen "Simcha" Pollard

Dean, CBA / CIS

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"Ever since I was a graduate student one of my key interests has been “what makes countries go around the world” particularly in the low income or less developed countries.” Read More


Dr. Mickey Shachar

Program Director, MSHS / MSHA

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"I started as a student from overseas; an international student. I found the method of learning online very acceptable for me. And more importantly it was very appropriate I think for a means of education for a PhD.” Read More


Dr. Stefan Hanson

Program Director, College of Business Administration

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"One of the major areas that I have done research in, is what will help a company be able to make faster strategic designs. There is a big premium on making good decisions quickly.”


Dr. Indira Guzman

Program Director, College of Information Systems

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"For me, teaching at TUI is a privilege of communicating with people who have interest in learning, show them skills and finally witness their scholarship. I genuinely respect their eagerness to learn.” Read More


Dr. Mina Richards

Professor, College of Information Systems

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"Teaching for Trident University has enabled me to share my years of Information Technology experience with students who want to succeed in their degree program and beyond their academic training.” Read More


Dr. Heeja Kim

Faculty Lead, COE

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"My passion for teaching is not only to encourage the development of mastery in the subject being taught but also to help the student as an individual find their own professional and personal growth opportunities in this technologically advanced global society.” Read More


Dr. Steve Fitzgerald

Director of Faculty Development

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"Trident is this really dynamic exciting place to be and first of all to be able to serve the men and women who serve our country is a great honor and privilege to be able to do that and support them.”


Dr. Wendy Wang

Professor for Information Systems

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"I believe online education is the direction of where we are going. I have already seen many traditional schools adopting this online education work mode. I consider Trident is more like a pioneer in this field.” Read More


Dr. Frank Gomez

Program Director for Health Sciences

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"Trident is a fascinating place to teach, because we work with students that live in the real world. Our graduate students bring real world experience to the classroom and for faculty that is exciting because we like to stay at the cutting edge and work with our students." Read More


Dr. Lisa L Mohanty

Program Director, General Education

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"By facilitating the development and use of critical thinking skills of our students, a teacher promotes real learning and understanding, not just superficial memorization of the material." Read More


Dr. Debra J. Louis

Program Director for Business Administration Masters Programs

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"I came to Trident in 2003 when it was very new. I was attracted to the idea of building an entirely different type of University – one that offered classroom quality education in a completely online environment." Read More


Dr. Stephen Pollard and Dr. Josh Shackman


Presented their manuscript "What does the Penn World Table 7.0 tell us about Government Expenditure and Economic Growth?" at the Academy of Business Research Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada November 14-16, 2011 and won the “Best Paper” award at the Academy of Business Research conference. The paper was published in the International Journal of Economics and Management Sciences.


Photograph of Stephen PollardDr. Stephen K. Pollard has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Ohio State University. He is a senior economist with over 30 years of experience investigating and analyzing credit management, agricultural/rural credit, lending policies, collections, delinquency control, loan administration, and macrofinancial policy. Read More


Photograph of Joshua ShackmanDr. Joshua D. Shackman has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His current research interests include the economics of corruption, national culture, and international finance. Read More