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Helen Eckmann Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Helen Eckmann, Ed.D.

Professor and Associate Dean


Business Management Innovation




Helen Eckmann



Dr. Helen Eckmann enjoyed very successful business careers at Raytheon, Union Bank and Jazzercise. Helen starting her own consulting business, James L Consulting, in the early 1990’s.


She received San Diego Business Woman of the Year from National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in 2009. Helen started her college career later and experienced all of the joys and pains of being an adult student. Helen became full-time faculty in business upon receiving her doctorate degree in 2002 from the University of San Diego. Helen has always specialized her teaching around successful business experiences in strategies, innovations and supply chains. Helen has a certificate in supply chain from the University of San Diego, a certificate in evidence-based coaching from Fielding University and an additional certificate in supply chain from University of San Diego.


Helen has received “Teacher of the Year” awards nine times at all three major universities where she has taught. She specializes in designing and delivering classes that are practical, serious and strongly student learning-centered. She has a passion for student success. Helen has more than 2,500 contacts on LinkedIn. Most of those contacts are former students who keep her in the loops of their ongoing successes.


Helen and has a strong philanthropic spirit and has been feeding the homeless for two decades. She has volunteered thousands of hours to her professional connections through Institute of Supply Management, Sanford Burnham Cancer Research Center and the City of Del Mar. Helen has been married to her husband Jim Eckmann for 30 years and she has four successful children, two sons and two daughters, both of her daughters have received Ph.D.s.



  • Business Management Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Supply Chain
  • Strategy
  • Management


Ed.D., Science of Leadership and Education

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Dissertation: “Positive Transformation in Crisis: Interviews with seven women survivors describing positive outcomes after dire diagnoses”

M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Chapman University College, San Diego, CA 


B.A. in Management
University of Phoenix, San Diego, CA 


Scholarly Activities

Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) Corporate Ethics Committee, Vice Chair

Sanford Burnham Cancer Research Foundation, Community Advisory Board


Professional Experiences

Assistant Professor / Associate Professor

University of Massachusetts Global

Worked with a team to develop the BBA and MBA programs. Developed the first blended classes. Developed Competency-based BBA Program. Taught these classes.

Adjunct Professor

University of San Diego, School of Business

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