Not just instructors:
True thought leaders.
Western International University® (West) professors are highly educated, highly experienced, and highly respected — by both students and peers. West professors include both traditional academics and industry professionals. This ensures that West students receive the dual benefit of academic knowledge and practical application throughout their educational experience.
A word from Lisa Klein Pearo, DBA
on West's curriculum model.
Meet West's Academic Program Directors
LISA KLEIN PEARO, DBA
Program Director, Business
Dr. Klein Pearo earned her Doctorate in Business Administration in Marketing and her Master in Business Administration in General Management from Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University. She has done research and consulting in the areas of hospitality marketing, online marketing, and market research on consumer behavior in interactive environments and taught extensively in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs.
WENDY W. ACHILLES, PHD, CPA
Program Director, Accounting
Dr. Achilles earned her PhD in Business with a specialization in Accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed CPA. She spent several years in corporate taxation, working as a tax manager for a multinational corporation performing duties such as tax compliance, international tax research, and Securities & Exchange Commission reporting. She has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and her research interests include behavioral issues in taxation and accounting education.
SHERRIE M. BARTELL, PHD
Program Director, Public Administration
Dr. Bartell earned her PhD in Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University with emphases in learning organizations and public management. She holds an MPA from The Pennsylvania State University, a BA in Mathematics from Long Island University, and professional certification in Training and Development from Penn State’s School of Behavioral Sciences and Education. Dr. Bartell has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, authored public administration textbooks and public policy papers, presented research at national and international conferences, and is a specialist in computer applications for public settings.
JENNIFER E. LEE, PHD
Program Director, Behavioral Science
Dr. Lee earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of Toledo, specializing in psychobiology and learning, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Redlands in California. Her teaching practice includes course and curriculum writing in Behavioral Science, Psychology and Organizational Behavior, and she has expertise in a variety of online learning technologies. Dr. Lee has a breadth of research experience, including student sensitivity to reinforcement schedules, learning in single celled organisms, secondary reward value, prepulse inhibition, and hearing across species.
DAVID L. SHROADS, DSC, CEM
Program Director, Information Technology
Dr. Shroads earned his Doctorate of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University with other degree work in Information Systems Management, Computer Science, Political Science, and Education. As a multi-disciplinary instructor from undergraduate to the doctoral level, he has experience in traditional, online, and blended classrooms. Dr. Shroads has nearly a decade of board-level, higher-education governance and work as a national program evaluator for ABET (Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology) and brings over 25 years of Fortune 500 technical operations and management expertise.
KATHRYN J. FRENCH, PHD
Program Director, Human Dynamics
Dr. French earned her PhD in Communication Arts and Sciences from University of Southern California with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication with a focus in Business and Doctor-Patient Communication. She holds an MA from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Aging and a BS in Speech and Theater from Northern Arizona University. She has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in ground, hybrid and online courses. Her research interests include Doctor-Patient Communication, Delivering Bad News in Medical and Business settings, and Leadership and Communication in Small Groups. Dr. French has presented at national and international conferences, published in books and journals, and served on various professional committees.