Tammy Pao Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Tammy Pao, Ph.D.

Tutorial Assistant Professor


Competency Based Education




Tammy Pao Ph.D.



Tammy Pao joined Brandman University as Tutorial Assistant Professor of Competency Based Education in the School for Business and Professional Studies in the fall of 2014.  She has also served as a professional tutor in the Online Writing and Math Community at Brandman.


Tammy has experience as both an administrator and professor at the university and community college levels teaching courses in accounting, finance, business mathematics, operations and information technology.  Prior to entering higher education, Tammy taught high school mathematics.  She also worked in private industry in consulting, project management, finance and operations roles at AT&T Broadband, Merrill Lynch, New England Funds, Fidelity Investments, Mattel, Health Net, Harman International, Honeywell, and RJR Nabisco.


Tammy has Ph.D. in Education – Leadership Studies from Chapman University, an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Pepperdine University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University, and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Mathematics from Chapman University.  Her dynamic teaching style and extensive corporate experience enable her to assist all levels of students in achieving their academic goals.


  • Competency Based Education
  • Financial Management
  • Project Management


Ph.D. in Education - Leadership Studies

Chapman University

Dissertation:“Nontraditional Student Risk Factors and Gender as Predictors of Enrollment in College Distant Education”

Master of Business Administration

Pepperdine University
Area of Concentration: Finance

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

North Carolina State University

Scholarly Activities

Conference Paper Presentation, International Conference on Education

Conference Presentation and Roundtable Discussion, Lilly Conference

Conference Paper Presentation, Eighth International Conference on e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies

Professional Experiences

Tutorial Assistant Professor of Business

Brandman University

Translated American-English external website content to French.

Interim Associate Dean, Business

El Camino College

Provided content design feedback to program managers to create accessible segue between English and French versions of related content.

Adjunct Professor

El Camino College

Taught Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Personal Finance and Business


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