Faculty

Miguel A. Cardenas, Ph.D.

Miguel A. Cardenas, Ph.D.

Dr. Miguel A. Cardenas is a recognized global systems thinker, author, media producer and entrepreneur. He obtained a B.S.E.E. from San Diego State University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering/Operation Research, and a Ph.D. in large-scale systems engineering with an emphasis in Complex Systems Analysis, Investment Planning, Management, and Water Resources Systems from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was a full-time faculty member of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and an associate of its prestigious Systems Research Center that pioneered the famous global modeling project, and publication named Mankind at the Turning Point: Second Report to the Club of Rome. He has written and collaborated on numerous books and articles in systems thinking and systems methodology, global modeling, telecommunications, distance education and training, entrepreneurship and business development, productivity, global competencies and organizational synchronization, and has received numerous academic and professional recognitions throughout the world, including an Honoris Causa Doctorate Degree from Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru.

Miguel A. Cardenas, Jr., Ph.D.

Miguel A. Cardenas, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Cardenas holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Revelle College of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), an M.S. in International Management from San Diego Global Knowledge University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership with an emphasis in business, organizational psychology, and international relations from the Alliant School of Management and the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He has extensive experience in global systems education, program development, and is a specialist in international business approaches and techniques, particularly “organizational synchronization”, a unique systematic approach towards sustainability and global competitiveness. His areas of social science research include solar power and technology transfer, the global soccer industry, and global leadership competencies. In the area of biochemical science, Dr. Cardenas has led research studies analyzing benign prostate hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and the ocular and nasal tirgeminal detection of pungency effects of volitile organic compounds (VOC's). Dr. Cardenas has a unique understanding of the different components of human behavior; from its most basic at the cellular and molecular levels (organic) to the more complex individual and group levels (organizations).

R. Daniel Israel, Ed.D.

R. Daniel Israel, Ed.D.

Dr. Israel holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of San Diego, Master of Divinity from St. Patrick’s Graduate School of Theology in Menlo Park, California, and a Doctor of Education in leadership and practice from the University of San Diego. He has developed “Leadership Narrative Analysis”, a research method designed to determine leadership quotient for organizations by clarifying whether members of the organization are grounded in managerial or leadership values and behaviors, which has been used by the Disney Institute, San Diego State University and a number of private and public sector organizations. He has ample experience in curriculum development and instruction in human and organizational development, leadership, mindfulness and global awareness education and training programs, and is a specialist in interactive and process-based programs for organizations seeking real and effective change.

Beatriz Escobedo

Beatriz Escobedo, M.S.

Beatriz Escobedo, M.S. is Director of Student Services at SDGKU. Her functions include tracking/evaluating student progress, providing networked communication support to students, administering student performance and assessment activities and managing SDGKU's library resources. She is an experienced administrator and distance activity professional. In 2003, she earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), in Tijuana, Mexico, and was the valedictorian of her class, having obtained the top grade point average amongst her peers. She later earned a Master of Science Degree in International Management and a global competency certification in International Managerial Leadership from SDGKU in 2008. Her past work experience includes management, training and education in the hospitality/tourism sector.

Dennis Briscoe, Ph.D.

Dennis Briscoe, Ph.D.

Dr. Dennis Briscoe holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an MBA in Management and Labor Relations from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in Management from Michigan State University. He is Professor Emeritus of International Management at the University of San Diego and former Associate Director of the John M. Ahlers Center for International Business.  He is widely recognized as an expert on International HRM, having written the only comprehensive text on the subject, International Human Resource Management, and has served on the international advisory boards of Deloitte & Touche’s International Assignee Services and IHRM consulting practices group and the Board of Directors of the SHRM Global Forum. Dr. Briscoe has over twenty years experience as a Manager and Personnel Manager in manufacturing, warehousing, and non-profits, has founded or helped to found a number of organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and has served on a number of boards. Today, he consults, speaks, teaches, and writes in a number of areas related to international management and human resource management, particularly the new world of business and careers.  He has lived and worked in seventeen countries and traveled extensively in about 80 countries.  Dr. Briscoe has published over sixty articles and papers in both practitioner and academic journals and 20 chapters in edited books. In addition to his recent text on IHRM, he has authored or co-authored Industrial Relations Around the World, Experiences in Public Administration, and 101 Ways to Motivate Employees.

Antonio Rosas, J.D.

Antonio Rosas, J.D.

Dr. Antonio Rosas has been an educator for over 18 years. His experiences include teaching paralegals, being on defense legal teams for death penalty cases, researching and writing court documents for civil and criminal defense cases, teaching multiple subjects in elementary school and being a negotiator for the educators association/union. He has a political science degree from Chico State University, a Juris Doctorate from Western Sierra Law School, a teaching credential from Alliant International University and holds a real estate license. He served in the Vietnam War and is decorated for participating in the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam during its downfall as South Vietnam's Capitol. His student's won the Spirit of iVIE Award in 2009 for a film which depicts student hardships.