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Richard Vail

Professor of Business

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Dominguez Hall 210D



PhD, Oxford University

MS, University of Colorado

BS, University of California


Richard Vail, PhD, received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Davis and went on to earn a Master of Science from the University of Colorado and a PhD from Oxford University. Vail specializes in management and teaches Operations Management, Business Strategy and Management Theory.

According to Vail, "Learning comes from applying knowledge. Attempting to solve a problem, make a recommendation in a situation, or completing a project forces an individual to make use of current understanding; and usually leads to new questions to explore." He challenges students to think for themselves by asking them to solve problems and make decisions.

Vail said he brings his experience to his teaching. His first job in high school was teaching swimming, lifesaving, rowing and canoeing. He served as a cavalry officer in the US Army and US Army Reserve. He worked as an engineer and manager for Westinghouse. Vail has held teaching positions at Trinity College in Ireland.

He has served in several administrative roles including MBA Director, Associate Dean and Director of Research. He has been a visiting professor at Senshu University, Japan. Vail has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of a small pharmaceutical company. His research interests revolve around improving teaching and learning, using new techniques and technologies. Vail's other scholarly interests include lean systems, quality management, agent-based models, the financial services industry and personal finance.