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Mitchell S Friedman

Senior Lecturer
Graduate School of Defense Management

Phone: (831) 656-3254


Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR develops people. Known as an enthusiastic, energetic, and insightful professional, he basks in opportunities to help others to achieve their full potential.?
Dr. Friedman is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif. He also is an adjunct instructor at University of San Francisco where he teaches classes in business, communication, and education.
Previously, Dr. Friedman served as Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Career Development at Presidio Graduate School and was Director of MBA Career Services at University of San Francisco.
Since 2012 Dr. Friedman also has served as Northern California Director of the Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies. This industry-sponsored program puts early career advertising agency professionals into real-life marketing environments to develop integrated plans for prospective clients such as SKYY Vodka, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, and Microsoft.
Finally, Dr. Friedman helps a range of organizations to develop the communications and leadership skills of their employees.
Dr. Friedman conducts research on leadership, leadership development, and crisis communication. He earned his Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from University of San Francisco; an M.A. in Modern European History from Stanford University; and a B.A. in History from Brandeis University. Dr. Friedman also is Accredited in Public Relations (APR).
Research Interests
crisis management and communication; management communication
Teaching Interests
strategic communication, ethics in organizations, organizational behavior, crisis communication

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 1993 Chapter Vice President; District Liaison to Independent Practitioners Alliance, Public Relations Society of America
Licensures and Certifications
  • 2000 APR (Accredited in Public Relations), Public Relations Society of America

Scholarly Work

  • Book Chapter
  • Friedman, M. S. (2019). Case Studies on Ethical Leadership: Faculty-Student Relationship and Battling Board Members. Ethical Decision-Making: Cases in Organization and Leadership
  • Other - Panel (moderator)
  • Friedman, M. S. , International Academy of Business Disciplines, "How the Public Relations Campaigns Class Can Better Meet the Needs of Nonprofit Community Partners: A Panel Discussion," University of North Florida, FL. (April 1, 2019).
  • Paper
  • Friedman, M. S. , International Academy of Business Disciplines, "The Public Information Officer’s (PIOs) Participation in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) During Emergency Response: A Pilot Study," University of North Florida. (April 1, 2019).
  • Friedman, M. S. , Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy, "The Public Information Officer’s Role in Emergency Response: A Literature Review," PRSA Educators Academy, University of Texas at Austin, TX. (October 6, 2018).