Thomas Buckles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Sam Walton Fellow

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3235
Fax: (626) 815-3082
Office Location: Wilden Hall, Room 202
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Thomas Buckles, Ph.D., teaches primarily fully employed and executive MBA students in the areas of marketing strategy, marketing research, entrepreneurship, and corporate strategy, and advises the competitive student entrepreneur team Enactus. He has published refereed journal articles and conference papers in the areas of internet marketing and ecommerce, service quality, internal marketing, and marketing education, and has presented his research at national and international conferences. Some of his research has been funded by public and private organizations, including the U.S. Navy and the Kellogg Foundation, and he has received awards for his research, for his teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and for his work regarding business and faith integration. Buckles is also a consultant for private and public sector firms and entrepreneurs, primarily in the areas of research, marketing strategy, and growth strategies, and is involved in executive training programs for domestic and international executives. He is also an advisor for several companies.


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • MBA, California State University, Sacramento
  • B.S., University of California, Davis

Academic Area

  • School of Business and Management


  • Business, Faith, and Life Integration
  • Market and Marketing Research
  • Service Quality
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Startups and Early-Stage Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy and Growth

Courses Taught

  • BUSI 350 – APU Enactus
  • BUSI 527 – Marketing Strategy
  • BUSI 578 – Strategy and Planning
  • BUSI 597 – Field Experience