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Samuel J. Bresler Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

SCHOOL OF Business and Professional Studies

Samuel J. Bresler, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Associate Dean of Student and Faculty Affairs/ Professor of Human Resources and Business Administration


Human Resources


Dr. Sam Bresler has more than 40 years of experience as a practitioner, leader and educator in human resource management. After a 20+ year career of increasingly responsible HR roles, he joined SAIC in 1997 as vice president for Human Resources for the Company’s Western Region, later serving as the company’s chief learning officer. He also joined University of Massachusetts Global as a member of the adjunct faculty in 1998. 


In August, 2011, Sam became a member of the full-time faculty of University of Massachusetts Global’s School of Business and Professional Studies (SBPS) and was appointed as associate dean within the school in August 2012. In October, 2012, he was appointed to lead the University’s Human Resources, Learning and Development function as assistant vice chancellor and later as associate vice chancellor. In September, 2017, he was appointed as special assistant to the provost and professor of human resources and business administration. 


Sam obtained his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an MBA in management, with a specialization in personnel administration, from the University’s Wharton Graduate Division. In 2015, he acquired his SHRM-SCP certification and, since 1996, has been a life-certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR). Long active in volunteer service to the HR profession, Sam was a member of the National Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation from 1999-2004, serving as president of the foundation board in 2002. He is now a member of SHRM Foundation’s Leadership Circle and continues to serve as a member of a National Item Writing Panel for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s (HRCI) PHR and SPHR certification examinations. 



  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Management


Ph.D. in Education

University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Measurement, Evaluation and Techniques of Experimental Research

MBA in Management

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate Division
Concentration in Personnel Management

BA in History

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences
Additional Coursework in English and Political Science

Scholarly Activities

Compassion @ Work, Saying Good-Bye with Compassion

First author of Book Chapter in SHRM Foundation-supported Anthology 

Edited by Cathy Fyock. Additional Authors: Madiha Chughtai and Heather Dilmagani. December 2017.

Publishing Teaching Research: Tips, Traps and Issues

Session Chair for Conference Presentation at the HR Teaching Conference

Jointly sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the HR Division of the Academy of Management

National Board of Item Writers, Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI)

Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Professional Experiences

Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Affair
Special Assistant to the Provost
Professor of Human Resources and Business Administration

University of Massachusetts Global, Irvine, CA

Support the Provost on multiple academic institutional initiatives and facilitate learning among UMass Global’s students in human resources, business administration, organizational leadership and management.

Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, Learning and Development

University of Massachusetts Global, Irvine, CA

Led and developed a team of professionals who created systems, policies and processes that drove the achievement of human capital objectives through the acquisition, development, remuneration and assessment of desired talent within the University.

Associate Dean and Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts Global, Irvine, CA

Supported the Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies in resolving issues impacting both the faculty and students of this school. Facilitated learning among UMass Global’s students by delivering courses in Human Resources and Business Administration.


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