Stephan D. Schuster, Ph.D.


Stephan D. Schuster

Lecturer in Business

Phone: (818) 774-1817


University of Texas, Ph.D. (Psychology), 1966
University of Florida, MRC (Counseling), 1962
Duke University, B.A. (Psychology), 1961


Dr. Schuster is a renowned lecturer of Business at American Jewish University.  He began teaching in an adjunct capacity for the MBA program at AJU in 2002 and joined the undergraduate business program in 2003. He served as an adjunct faculty member and Chair of the department in 2003 and again from 2007-2008. For the past two years, Professor Schuster has continued to teach on a part-time basis in an adjunct capacity.
His teaching expertise includes Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource management and Employment Law.  He enjoys bringing his diverse experiences into his lectures, teaching students how “theory” translates into real world business applications. 
Academically, Dr. Schuster began his California teaching career in the Presidential/Key Executive MBA Program at Pepperdine University.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at UCLA Extension, Occidental College, and Alliant University.  In addition to American Jewish University, he has current faculty appointments at California State University, Northridge School of Business and Economics and at the Claremont Graduate University.
Professionally, Dr. Schuster also provides consulting services to people and organizations, often by helping them navigate among the anxieties that accompany personal and organizational change.  He serves as a Psychological Consultant for OI Partners/The McGuire Group, an outplacement and executive coaching firm. 
Dr. Schuster has also been a senior Human Resources executive for a variety of firms including Atlantic Richfield Co. and Capitol-EMI Music.
Dr. Schuster’s career has followed three paths:  a senior Human Resources corporate executive, a management/organizational consultant for a wide variety of profit and not-for-profit endeavors, and as an university professor at several universities in the Los Angeles area.

Additional Professional Accomplishments

He is currently a Special Psychological Consultant for the California State Personnel Board.  In this capacity, he attends appeal hearings and makes professional recommendations to the Board concerning merit appeal hearings of California peace-officer candidates appealing their disqualifications issued by the State Psychological Screening Unit.
He has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management for over 25 years.
He has been a licensed as a Psychologist in the State of California since 1970.