Samuel J. Bresler, Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Samuel J. Bresler, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the Provost; Professor Human Resources and Business Administration

PRIMARY SPECIALTY

Human Resources

Biography

Dr. Sam Bresler has more than 40 years of experience as a practitioner, leader and educator in Human Resource Management. After a 20+ year career of increasingly responsible HR roles, he joined SAIC in 1997 as Vice President for Human Resources for the Company’s Western Region, later serving as the Company’s Chief Learning Officer. He also joined Chapman/Brandman University as a member of the Adjunct faculty in 1998. 

 

In August, 2011, Sam became a member of the Full Time Faculty of Brandman University’s School of Business and Professional Studies (SBPS) and was appointed as Associate Dean within the SBPS in August 2012. In October, 2012, he was appointed to lead the University’s Human Resources, Learning and Development function as Assistant Vice Chancellor and later as Associate Vice Chancellor. In September, 2017, he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of Human Resources and Business Administration. 

 

Sam obtained his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA in Management, with a specialization in Personnel Administration, from the University’s Wharton Graduate Division. In 2015, he acquired his SHRM-SCP Certification and, since 1996, has been a life-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Long active in volunteer service to the HR profession, Sam was a member of the National Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation from 1999-2004, serving as President of the Foundation Board in 2002. He is now a member of SHRM Foundation’s Leadership Circle and continues to serve as a member of a National Item Writing Panel for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) PHR and SPHR certification examinations. 


Specialty

  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Management

Education

1982
Ph.D. in Education

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Measurement, Evaluation and Techniques of Experimental Research

1975
MBA in Management

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate Division
Concentration in Personnel Management

1970
BA in History

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences
Additional Coursework in English and Political Science


Scholarly Activities

2017
Compassion @ Work, Saying Good-Bye with Compassion

First author of Book Chapter in SHRM Foundation-supported Anthology 

Edited by Cathy Fyock. Additional Authors: Madiha Chughtai and Heather Dilmagani. To be published December 2017.

 
2013
Publishing Teaching Research: Tips, Traps and Issues

Session Chair for Conference Presentation at the HR Teaching Conference

Jointly sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the HR Division of the Academy of Management

2014-PRESENT
National Board of Item Writers, Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.


Professional Experiences

2017-PRESENT
Special Assistant to the Provost, Professor of Human Resources and Business Administration

Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Support the Provost on multiple academic institutional initiatives and facilitate learning among Brandman’s students in human resources, business administration, organizational leadership and management.

2012-2017
Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, Learning and Development

Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Led and developed a team of professionals who created systems, policies and processes that drove the achievement of human capital objectives through the acquisition, development, remuneration and assessment of desired talent within the University.

2011-2012
Associate Dean and Assistant Professor

Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Supported the Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies in resolving issues impacting both the faculty and students of this school. Facilitated learning among Brandman’s students by delivering courses in Human Resources and Business Administration.

 

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