Tricia Hornback, PhD

Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership

Tricia Hornback

Phone: 503-554-2892

I began teaching at George Fox University in 2007. I was drawn to George Fox because I firmly believe in our mission to be a “Christ-centered community that prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.

I am committed to helping my students discover and embrace their potential as learners, professionals and individuals. I view education as a life-long journey that occurs both in and out of the classroom, and I enjoy interacting with adult learners to bring the subject matter to life in ways that are relevant and useful in their daily lives and careers. I believe that knowledge and education are among the greatest equalizers in our society and in our world today, and I'm convinced that true understanding comes when we are willing to open our minds to God and to others to find new ways of thinking and of being.

Academic Background

PhD, Organization & Management, Capella University (2012)
MS, Computer information Systems & Software Engineering, Regis University (2005)
BA, Human Resource Management, Simpson University (1993)

Expertise and Research Interests

I am an educator and social entrepreneur specializing in project and program management, value-driven sustainable enterprises, and organizational transformation. I have more than 20 years of management experience in the higher education, corporate, government and nonprofit sectors. I have served as the director of the Oregon Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, as an A.V.P for Wells Fargo Bank, and CEO of Inspera Incorporated.

During my time at George Fox, I've enjoyed developing programs and courses within the Department of Professional Studies and have taught for the project management, organizational leadership, health care management, and information technology majors. Currently I am the lead faculty responsible for the project management program.

My research interests tend to be multi-disciplinary. I have conducted research on the digital divide and the extent to which key social, economic, ethno-linguistic, and infrastructure indicators may contribute to digital distance.

Select Research Bibliography

Hornback, P. (2012) Digital Distance and Economic Development in Southeast Asia

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

MPJM 411 – Introduction to Project Management
MPJM 421 - Intermediate Project Management
MPJM 430 - Project Quality & Risk Management
MPJM 440 – Advanced Project Management
MGOL 413 - Ethics for Managers
MGOL 431 – Operations Management
MGOL 450 – Strategic Management
SOCC 285 – Native American Journeys in Film

Outside the Classroom

I am blessed with a wonderful husband and two sons who enrich my life a great deal. I enjoy taking students and friends to Pow-wows and sharing my culture with them. I have served on the Board of Directors for New Mission Systems International, am an ambassador for Chwele Community Development work in Kenya, and am actively involved in economic and community development projects around the world. 

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