After serving over twenty-five years on active duty with the United States Army, Dr. Robert Kirkland (Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army, ret.) has joined the CIAM staff as Director of Advanced Projects. From 2010-2013 he held the position of Army ROTC Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern California, for which he was recognized with the Leo Codd Memorial Award as instructor of the year for all Army ROTC programs in the United States. Dr. Kirkland has also taught at Claremont McKenna College and at Trident University International.
His academic credentials include an M.A. and PhD in Latin American History from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies presented him with the E. Bradford Burns Award for his singular contributions to the organization.
An expert on leadership and the philosophy of Peter Drucker as it applies to personal management and the profession of management, Dr. Kirkland has taught as a member of the CIAM faculty for two years. His experience as a leader and his outstanding career as a teacher and scholar add a unique perspective to the MBA in Executive Management and Entrepreneurship offered by CIAM.
As Director of Advanced Projects, Dr. Kirkland will make a valuable contribution to CIAM students as they expand their consulting projects in international business and trade. Student consulting, free to clients, is a unique aspect of the CIAM MBA that has won accolades from companies as close as El Monte and as far away as Canada. In the coming term, students will be providing consulting services to a large Mexican conglomerate. In addition, Dr. Kirkland has been designated as a team member on an educational project CIAM has submitted to the government of Sierra Leone at the request of the first lady of Sierra Leone.
“We at CIAM are honored to have Dr. Kirkland expand his contributions to our students and to the international community that we serve” commented CIAM president Dr. William A. Cohen. “Our MBA program has from the beginning been one of the most innovative, top quality programs in the country, and this new addition to our family is yet another instance of our success in attracting the brightest and the best.”
A contributing scholar to the History Channel, Dr. Kirkland will appear in October on the Biography Channel.
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