Emad Rahim, DM, PMP


Alumni, Faculty

DEGREE: Doctor of Management - Organizational Development - 2009

DEGREE: Master of Science in Management - Project Management - 2006

DEGREE: Masters of Science in Management - Business Management - 2005

STATEMENT: I'M IN AND NOW I provide real world education for nontraditional students.

Describe your educational and professional background.

My educational and professional background is very similar to our student population. I was a nontraditional student who had to work fulltime while attending college. I went to school while working fulltime and also supporting a young family, an elderly parent, siblings. I completed my undergraduate degree at SUNY Empire State College, which is a nontraditional state institution, and completed my master's online at CTU. I eventually went on to start several businesses and continue my education by earning a doctorate in management and a post-doctorate in marketing and management.

How has CTU been a part of your educational or professional journey?

I continued my education while working and applied what I learned in school right away, which led me on a career path in business development, nonprofit administration, management consulting, and project management. My experience in pursuing a terminal degree shifted my career back to education. After a few years, I went on to teach at universities, published articles and books, and held appointments at CTU and other universities as a scholar researcher, professor, program chair, visiting fellow, entrepreneur-in-residence, lecturer, and now university dean.

How does higher education help individuals work toward their professional goals?

I discovered my abilities through higher education. I barely graduated from high school. I struggled with dyslexia and experienced serious difficulties in my life. Then, fast-forward through a good deal of higher education, I got accepted as a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University and appointed a Beyster Scholar Fellow by Beyster Institute at UC San Diego. Opportunities and accolades keep coming - higher education has opened more doors than I ever imagined possible. Higher education is about unlocking my full potential and I use my own experience to help guide my students to success.

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