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School of Business & Management

Dr. Teresa Gillespie

Dr. Teresa Gillespie

Dean, Professor

Business

  • B.A. California State University, 1972
  • J.D. University of Washington, 1985

Background

Dr. Gillespie began teaching at Northwest University in 2000. She has taught a number of courses related to law, business ethics, leadership and negotiation.  Prior to this, she was in-house litigation counsel for US West Communications for nearly two decades. In this capacity, she represented the corporation in numerous lawsuits, including disputes involving contracts, torts, real estate, complex commercial bankruptcy, unemployment discrimination and class-action consumer cases. She was one of the early adopters of commercial mediation and is an avid proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Professor Gillespie has served as a guest lecturer in business law for MBA schools at several universities in China: Chengdu University of Science and Technology, Wuhan Institute of Science and Technology and Hunan University. She has been an instructor of Paralegal Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, Extension. For four years, she was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Seattle Pacific University.

Professor Gillespie has recently written Blurring the Boundaries: Emerging Legal Forms for Hybrid Organization, a discussion of the benefits and detriments of new legal structures, the Benefit Corporation and the Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation (journal publication pending). She has also written several educational role-play simulations, including exercises in negotiation, mediation, leadership and several business law trial simulations. She has presented papers at the Christian Business Faculty Association conference and at the Northwest University Faith and the Humanities conferences.

A law graduate of the University of Washington and an attorney, Teresa Gillespie is licensed to practice in Washington State. She also holds a life-time secondary teaching certificate from the State of California.

Professional and Community Service

Dr. Gillespie is a member of the Downtown Kirkland Rotary Club, where she serves as a member of the Vocational committee. She is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association and a member of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. For nearly ten years, Dr. Gillespie volunteered with the Seattle-King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic programs, serving as coordinator of the Downtown Legal Clinic for three of those years.

Personal

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Gillespie has lived in Kirkland for over 20 years. She is married to Gary, Chair of the Communication Department and Debate Coach at Northwest University. The Gillespies enjoy gardening and travel. They have taken students to numerous international cities, including Sydney, Prague, Madrid, Athens, Honolulu and Glasgow. An avid artist, she has also been a season-ticket holder with the Seattle Opera for the past 16 years. She and her husband are active members of Pleasant Bay Church in Kirkland.

Recommended Reading

Business Ethics

The Big Short, Michael Lewis
An inside look at the intersection of the bond market and the housing bubble and what precipitated the fall 2008 financial crash.

Defining Moments, Joseph Badaracco
A very wise book in how to make sound decisions that are morally sensitive and professionally sensible.

Justice, Michael Sandel
Ethical philosophy is taken out of dusty textbooks and applied to contemporary issues.

Social Entrepreneurship

Forces for Good, Crutchfield and Grant
Insightful look at the six practices of high-impact nonprofits.

The Search for Social Entrepreneurship, Light
An opportunity to join in the conversation about where Social Entrepreneurship is going.

Business and Law

The Company, Micklethwait and Wooldridge
A readable history of the legal innovation of the corporation: a separate entity with limited liability.

The Entrepreneur’¬ís Guide to Business Law, Bagley and Dauchy
Addresses complex legal issues in plain language that business startups are likely to face.

Supreme Conflict, Greenburg
A behind-the-scenes view of the inner working of the U.S. Supreme Court.