Education

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

Master of Business Administration in Global Management, National University

Bachelor of Arts in English, St. Petersburg University

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Irina Weisblat, EdD
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.

Accomplishments

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 Professors 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

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