College of Business

Dr. Don Doty

Business Management

  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 2007
  • M.B.A. California Polytechnic State U., 1982
  • B.S. California Polytechnic State U., 1980

Over the past 14 years, Dr. Doty has taught over 2,340 business management students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His students’ oral and written communication work, when objectively graded by an outside party, has consistently exceeded Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) standards. Dr. Doty’s peer reviewed management research and publications have been accepted by Academy of Management annual conferences and consortiums (a significant achievement because only about 25% of submitted work is accepted). For example, a 2015 publication which was presented to the Academy, The Elephant in the Classroom Anxiety Reduction in Management Oral Presentations, demonstrated how instructional methods and classroom atmosphere may reduce public speaking anxiety in undergraduate and international graduate populations by an average of 31%. Dr. Doty is a contributor and reviewer for the Academy of Management Education and Development division; Management Spirituality and Religion division; the Journal of Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. He has also reviewed several Management Communication textbooks including, for example, Management Communication (O’Rourke, 2014), Writing and Speaking at Work (Bailey, 2014), Managerial Communication (Bell & Smith, 2012), Dr. Doty has two sons and enjoys rowing competitively with his wife of 27 years, Patty, for the Lake Union Crew rowing club, skiing, and distance bicycling. If you are out walking, running, or rowing yourself some weekday morning you may spot them rowing down the ship canal toward the Ballard locks.

Dr. Doty has been teaching at Northwest University since 1998. He holds an M.B.A. (cum laude) from the Orlafea School of Business, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (summa cum laude). Recent research projects include fundraising in research universities, discipleship/mentoring, factors affecting growth in nonprofits, and leadership factors in nonprofits. Dr. Doty has 3 decades of management experience in public, private and social entrepreneurship organizations including: Public- Newhall Land and Farming ($1 billion real estate holding, development and agricultural company). Private- Dinwiddie Construction Company ($350 million, Builders of the Transamerica Pyramid and Bank of America towers in San Francisco). Nonprofit- Strategic Planning Officer for Mercy Ships (international mercy and relief organization). Dr. Doty also works to start up entrepreneurial ventures. A recent example is the Terrazzo Stone Company, Italian style terrazzo floors and counter tops at a fraction of the cost of granite or marble


  • The Seven Skills of the ancient paradigm of Discipleship: How they can rock your world today and enable you to leave a lasting legacy. Amazon.
  • Living your Best Life with Memory Loss. Senior Living.
  • Strengths to Strength. How institutional strengths contribute to successful fundraising appeals in research universities. Berlin: LAP Publishers.
  • What contributes to a growth of non profits in the Puget Sound considering today’s challenging economy? Puget Sound Business Journal blog.
  • Harness your staff to achieve full potential. Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • Dynamics of change are a challenge to managers. Puget Sound Business Journal.
  • Satisfying customers with response-able employees. Puget Sound Business Journal.

Peer Reviewed Scholarly Presentations

  • Tangible Object Identity Formation as exemplified by Christ through Salt and Light, Management, Spirituality and Religion Scholarship Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Roundtable Discussion Leader- Management, Spirituality and Religion Scholarship Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Looking in the Mirror at Sustainability through Leadership vs. Discipleship, Management, Spirituality and Religion Scholarship Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Combating International’s Snake in the Grass: Reduction of Anxiety in Graduate Oral Presentations, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • The Elephant in the Classroom: Anxiety reduction in Management Oral Presentations, Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • The Leadership Skills of Jesus. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.
  • Quality of Life and Innovation for Seniors with Memory Loss, Regency Care Annual Meeting.
  • Can Distant Relatives Solve a Puzzle Together?: Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Mixed Methods Research Design. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference.
  • Facilitating learning through animated media: Helping students deal with challenges of life. Lilly West, Learning by Design Conference.
  • Synthesis of multiple case study data across cases using systematic, quantitatively based methods. 8th Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference.
  • Playing the Great Game of Business, International Computer Communications Association, Seattle Chapter.
  • Training Ordinary People to do the Extraordinary, Seattle Business Network.

Professional Service and Leadership Activities

  • Academy of Management. Management Education Division Reviewer.
  • Academy of Management. Management, Spirituality and Religion Division Reviewer.
  • International Journal of Qualitative Methods Reviewer.
  • American Educational Research Association. Brain/Learning Special Interest Group Reviewer.
  • American Educational Research Association. Leadership & Mentoring Special Interest Group Reviewer.
  • Academic Advisory Board member, McGraw Hill Contemporary Learning Series. TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Management.
  • Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Member Scholar.
  • Member, American Society of Training and Development.
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Evaluation of Southern Oregon University. Standard Two: Educational Program and Effectiveness.
  • Director, Management Training Association, Seattle Chapter.
  • Fortune Magazine/Lessons in Leadership Moderator.
  • Seattle City Light Business Plan Advisory Committee.
  • Seattle City Light Commercial and Residential Rates Committee.
  • Port of Seattle Business Plan Advisory Committee.