College of Business

Dr. Teresa Gillespie

Dean, Professor

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


Dr. Gillespie has been Dean of the Business College at Northwest University since 2008 and a full-time faculty member since 2006. She has taught a number of courses related to law, business ethics, leadership and negotiation since beginning her teaching career in 2000. 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.

Dr. Gillespie is a Commissioner on the Baccalaureate and Graduate Board of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. She has also served as a committee member at the regional and national level of this organization.

Professor Gillespie 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's article, "Blurring the Boundaries: Emerging Legal Forms for Hybrid Organization," was published in the Journal of Biblical Integration of Business, Vol. 15, No. 1 in spring 2012. She has also written several educational role-play simulations, including exercises in negotiation, mediation, leadership and business law trial simulations. She has presented papers at the Annual and Regional Conferences of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs and at the Christian Business Faculty Association conferences.

A law graduate of the University of Washington and an attorney, Teresa Gillespie is licensed to practice in Washington State.


Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Gillespie has lived in Kirkland for over 25 years. She is married to Gary, a business owner and Emeritus Faculty member at Northwest University. She and her husband enjoy art, gardening and fitness.

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's 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.