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Bruce Gillies, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Business; Director, MBA Online; Director of Organizational Leadership Program

Email: bgillies@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3377
Office: Swenson Building Room 232
Website: about.me/brucegillies


Bruce Gillies comes to CLU with a varied career. After 22 years of active duty in the Navy-- spending time on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, engine rooms on destroyers, and several years in human resources, he retired in March of 2000 as a Master Chief (E9). Bruce has also held leadership positions in colleges and universities as Faculty Advisor and Acting Dean of Adult Education. He holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. His research interests are in career and leadership development as well as Sport Team development. Bruce Teaches courses in Business Statistics, Organizational Theory, Business Ethics, Leadership Theory and Practice, Behavior in Organizations, Foundations of I/O Psychology, and Organization Development.

Bruce was the director of the Adult Degree Evening Program (ADEP) from 2005 to 2010. During that time, the ADEP grew three new majors, expanded to two satellite sites, and experienced a 10% growth in admissions. He is currently the chair of the California Lutheran University Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science major.  He has conducted scientific and applied research in organizational leadership, sport psychology, and organization development, and career development.

He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in Leadership Development programs, organizational change initiatives, career development programs, organizational culture, and downsizing.


  • Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Alliant International University 
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, United States International University
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, United States International University
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of the State of New York


Executive Coaching, Team Building, Sports Leadership.  As an Organizational Development consultant, Bruce has worked with organizations ranging in size from 35 to 500,000 helping them developy systemic methods to improve retention, develop managerial leadership programs, and conduct intelligent downsizing endeavors.

Bruce has provided organizations with several training sessions on values based leadership, retention of key employees, career development processes and procedures, tuition reimbursement accounting, and shifting organizational cultures.  He has worked with athletic teams ranging from recreational sports to professional teams in improving mental skills. 


Survive the recession, Thrive in the Recovery, Pacific Coast Business

   Times,  June, 2010

Job Search in a Slow Economy, Pacific Coast Business Times, March 2009

                                    Kantor, J, Costantino, M., & Gillies, B. (August 28, 2004). Problems at

home may cause sick leave use. Paper presented at the Annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Time Management, Memphis Business Journal, October 2002

Change Management, Memphis Business Journal, December 2002

                                    Various articles on Career Transitions, Blue Jacket, Millington, TN 2001

                                    Reducing Turnover, Memphis Business Journal, October 2001

                                    Retention Programs, San Diego Business Journal, October 2000