Forbes School of Business
Biography"I am honored to participate in fostering qualities such as work ethic, leadership, and critical thinking in business students."
Dr. Irina Weisblat is an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University. Her doctoral dissertation was concerned with the effectiveness of business education in California; specifically, on whether or not the skills and competencies that colleges teach actually meet the needs of the global economy. Dr. Weisblat also has a Master of Business Administration in Global Management from National University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a concentration in Teaching, from St. Petersburg University, Russia.
In addition to her 15-year professional experience in business, she has taught a variety of courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, she has authored and published several articles in refereed journals, published two workbooks on Entrepreneurship, and was contracted by a publisher to write a textbook on International Business. She is the President of the California Business Education Association (CBEA).
Dr. Weisblat believes teaching is a task of paramount importance. She says, “Jobs in the 21st century require advanced competencies, work ethic, leadership, critical thinking, and ability to innovate. These are the core values that Ashford University’s academic programs focus on. I am honored to participate in fostering these qualities in business students.” Dr. Weisblat lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Sidney. They both love travel, art, classical music, and good books. Their daughter Dasha lives across the country in New York City, so spending quality family time together is considered a great luxury. Aside from her passion for teaching and writing, Dr. Weisblat is an excellent cook, which comes in handy when Dasha and other family members visit.
Dr. Irina A. Weisblat, Assistant Professor at the Forbes School of Business, Ashford University was presented with the Outstanding Business Educator Award. The award was given by the California Business Education Association (CBEA) in recognition of Dr. Weisblat’s outstanding teaching at the University level, significant scholarship, and contributions to CBEA and a wider community of educators in California. Dr. Weisblat was elected the President of CBEA in 2013 and continues promoting business education, innovative teaching, and positive change in California’s higher education. More information is available at www.cbeaonline.org
Dr. Irina Weisblat, Assistant Professor, Forbes School of Business published Exploring alignment of community college students for preparedness and achievement of basic skills. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 38(1), 5—23. The publication is now available online at Taylor and Francis: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10668926.2010.492744
Dr. Irina Weisblat, Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business, is a contributing author to the “International Business” section of the National Standards. The publication is now available in print from: http://www.nbea.org/ National Standards for Business Education (2013). Richmond, VA: NBEA.
Dr. Irina Weisblat, Assistant Professor, Forbes School of Business is the President of the California Business Education Association (CBEA). She hosted the 78th CBEA annual conference at The Westin Hotel in downtown San Diego on November 15-17, 2013. The conference theme was “Innovation in business education”. More details can be found at: www.cbeaonline.org