Paula Edwards Ed.D., CMA

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Paula Edwards, Ed.D., CMA

Tutorial Assistant Professor of Leadership and Business Administration


Organizational Leadership




Dr. Paula Edwards started her career in accounting, working primarily for real estate companies specializing in pension funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT).  In 2003, she started her own business, consulting in the areas of accounting, management, and leadership, encompassing such industries as entertainment, real estate, interior design, retail, e-commerce, and restaurant operations.  Through her consulting work, she found a love of teaching and helping others.  She started teaching at Saddleback College in 2011, with courses in Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Entrepreneurial Accounting.  In 2015, she started the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program at University of Massachusetts Global to hone her transformational leadership abilities, educational skills, and expand her teaching and consulting opportunities.  While pursuing her doctorate, she taught various courses at numerous colleges and universities including on-campus, hybrid, and online courses in Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Entrepreneurial Accounting, Personal Finance, Financial Analysis, and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.  She has taught at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, Southern New Hampshire University, Concordia University-Irvine, and Chapman University.

She is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and Bachelor of Science from California State University, Long Beach with an emphasis in Accounting and Human Resources. She has also attended two study abroad programs in Asia and Europe.  Recently, she earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from UMass Global with a dissertation focusing on the role of management accountants in start-up businesses in Southern California. 


  • Organizational Leadership
  • Business
  • Administration


University of Massachusetts Global
Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership 2018
Dissertation: The Leadership Role of Management Accountants as it Contributes to Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Start-Up Businesses in Southern California

Loyola Marymount University
Master of Business Administration 1995

California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1992
Majors: Accountancy and Human Resources Management

Professional Experiences

Concordia University, Irvine
Adjunct Faculty 2016-2018
Courses Taught: Introduction to Business, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Personal Finance. Undergraduate and Professional Studies Departments (on-campus and on-line).

Chapman University
Adjunct Faculty 2018
Courses Taught: Financial Accounting. Chapman University Fowler School of Law (on-campus).

Saddleback College
Adjunct Faculty 2011-2018
Courses Taught: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Entrepreneurial Accounting. Undergraduate courses taught: On-Campus, Hybrid, and Online.

Capri Consulting
Owner 2003-2018
Accounting and business consultant for small businesses

Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group
Accounting Manager 2000-2003
Coordinated financial reporting of over $400 million in commercial pension fund assets

The Macerich Company
Senior Accountant 1997-2000
Provided financial reporting of over $150 million in Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) commercial assets

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