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Robert Gailey, Ph.D.

Professor of Business
Director, Center for International Development

Dr. Rob Gailey joined the Fermanian School of Business (FSB) as a professor of business in 2005. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs, he serves as the director of the Center for International Development (CID). Gailey’s experience and work has revolved around ways to engage the workplace and the church in helping address global poverty. He has served as an associate pastor, missionary, nonprofit leader, and educator around the areas of economic development, cross-cultural advocacy, and poverty alleviation. Gailey has presented and trained in a number of countries in various regions of the world and has lived abroad for several years. He is well networked in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship space and has leveraged his contacts to help get PLNU students and alums plugged into internships and jobs in many of the most innovative and well- respected organizations around the world that are creatively and successfully addressing global poverty. During his time at PLNU, Gailey has stayed actively involved in university-wide and FSB committees, most recently serving as the chair of PLNU’s Faculty Council during the 2015 – 16 academic year.


  • Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Nonprofit Management Concentration, University of San Diego
  • M.Div., Intercultural Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Business Administration, Eastern Nazarene College

Courses Taught

  • International Business –  BUS 4080
  • Leading with Integrity –  BUS 6048
  • Theories of Economic Development –  ECO 3015
  • Nonprofit Organization Management –  MGT 4070

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Professor of Business, 2005 – present
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Director of the Center for International Development, 2005 – present
  • World Relief, Director of Microfinance Consulting Services, 1999 – 2005
  • Microcredit Summit Campaign, Research Director, 1997 – 1999
  • Washington National Church of the Nazarene, Associate Pastor, 1997 – 1999
  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Field Liason and Logistics Coordinator, 1997
  • Malawi Nazarene Vocational School, Director, 1995 – 1996
  • Research Interests: Microfinance, social capital, international economic development, measurements of poverty, faith-based approaches to holistic relief and development, social entrepreneurship

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., Chair, 2014 – present
  • Fermanian School of Business Global Initiatives Committee, Chair, 2016 – present
  • PLNU Faculty Council, Member, 2015 – present (Chair, 2015 – 2016)
  • PLNU Planning Action Council, Member, 2012 – present
  • Lazarian World Homes, Board of Directors, 2008 – present
  • PLNU Future Initiative Think Tank, Member, 2012 – 2013

Awards and Honors

  • Eastern Nazarene College Emerging Leader Alumni Award, 2012
  • Christian Business Faculty Association Best Pedagogical Paper, 2011

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Boan, D., Aten, J., Greener, S. & Gailey, R. (2016, October). The well-prepared international development worker. Missiology: An International Review, 44(4), 430-447. 
  • Gailey, R. (2016, July). A Wesleyan Theology of Compassion. Co-presenter at Global Compassion Conference, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
  • Gailey, R. (2016, July). Microfinance: Does It Work? Presentation at Global Compassion Conference, Bourbonnais, Illinois. 
  • Gailey, R. (2016, June). Poverty Alleviation, Freedom, and Choices. Presentation at Flourish San Diego, San Diego, California. 
  • Gailey, R. (2016, June). Measuring Poverty, Financial Services, Global Inequities. Presentation at Flourish San Diego, San Diego, California.
  • Gailey, R. (2015). Book Review: Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 18(1), 72. 
  • Gailey, R. & Harver, R. (2013). How can microfinance contribute to restoring dignity and transforming lives in urban slums? Journal of Social Business, 3(3), 74-101.
  • Datta, P. B. & Gailey, R. (2012). Empowering women through social entrepreneurship: Case study of a women's cooperative in India. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 36(3), 569-587. 
  • Gates, J., Bollinger, L., & Gailey, R. (2012). Nurturing a Prophetic Imagination: Missiology as Ecclesiology. In Gates, J. & Mann, M. (Eds.), Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination (pp.229-244). Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 
  • Gailey, R. (2011, November). How Can Microfinance Contribute to Restoring Dignity and Transforming Lives in Urban Slums? Paper presentation at Global Microcredit Summit, Valladolid, Spain.
  • Gailey, R. (2011, February) Who's in Your Wallet? Seeing Christ All Up in Your Business! Co-presenter at M11 Nazarene Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

See More Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Graber, K. & Gailey, R. (2005). Sustainability in Microfinance - What's the Bottom Line? In Dean, J., Schaffner, J., & Smith, S. L. S. (Eds.), Attacking Poverty in the Developing World: Christian Practitioners and Academics in Collaboration (pp. 63-76). Waynesboro, Georgia: Authentic Media.
  • Tucker, J., Nourse, T., Gailey, R., Park, P. & Bauman, S. (2004). Recapitalizing Liberia: Principles for Providing Grants and Loans for Microenterprise Development. Forced Migration Review, 20, 13-15.