Paula Edwards, CMA, Ed.D.
Paula Edwards, Ed. D., CMA
Dr. Paula Edwards started her career in accounting, working primarily for real estate companies specializing in pension funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT). In 2003, she started her own business, consulting in the areas of accounting, management, and leadership, encompassing such industries as entertainment, real estate, interior design, retail, e-commerce, and restaurant operations. Through her consulting work, she found a love of teaching and helping others. She started teaching at Saddleback College in 2011, with courses in Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Entrepreneurial Accounting. In 2015, she started the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at Brandman University to hone her transformational leadership abilities, educational skills, and expand her teaching and consulting opportunities. While pursuing her doctorate, she taught various courses at numerous colleges and universities including on-campus, hybrid, and online courses in Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Entrepreneurial Accounting, Personal Finance, Financial Analysis, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. She has taught at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, Southern New Hampshire University, Concordia University-Irvine, and Chapman University.
She is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and Bachelor of Science from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in Accounting and Human Resources. She has also attended two study abroad programs in Asia and Europe. Recently, she earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Brandman with a dissertation focusing on the role of management accountants in start-up businesses in Southern California.
- Organizational Leadership
Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership 2018
Dissertation: The Leadership Role of Management Accountants as it Contributes to Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Start-Up Businesses in Southern California
Loyola Marymount University
Master of Business Administration 1995
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1992
Majors: Accountancy and Human Resources Management
Concordia University, Irvine
Adjunct Faculty 2016-2018
Courses Taught: Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Personal Finance. Undergraduate and Professional Studies Departments (on-campus and on-line).
Adjunct Faculty 2018
Courses Taught: Financial Accounting. Chapman University Fowler School of Law (on-campus).
Adjunct Faculty 2011-2018
Courses Taught: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Entrepreneurial Accounting. Undergraduate courses taught: On-Campus, Hybrid, and Online.
Accounting and business consultant for small businesses
Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group
Accounting Manager 2000-2003
Coordinated financial reporting of over $400 million in commercial pension fund assets
The Macerich Company
Senior Accountant 1997-2000
Provided financial reporting of over $150 million in Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) commercial assets