Donald Ford, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
Management Department


MA in Nonprofit Management


PhD in Education, UCLA
MA in East Asian History, UCLA
BA in History and English, UCLA, Magna Cum Laude

Donald J. Ford, PhD is a training and performance improvement consultant specializing in instructional design and process improvement. He has worked in the field of human resource development for over twenty years, including training management positions at Southern California Gas Company, Magnavox, Allied-Signal and Texas Instruments.As President of Training Education Management for the past six years, he has consulted with many clients including: ASTD, Toyota, Nissan, Rockwell International, Samsung Electronics, Orange County Transportation Authority, Glendale Memorial Hospital, Employers Group, Southern California Presbyterian Homes, CompuCom, DSP Solutions and National Education Corp. For these and other clients, he has developed custom classroom, self-study and web-based training, conducted performance and needs analyses, facilitated groups, managed improvement projects, taught courses and evaluated results.In addition to his teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles, Dr. Ford also teaches graduate courses in Human Resource Development at UCLA, USC, and Cal State University Northridge. He has published 35 articles and three books on topics in training, education and management.Donald has presented at the ASTD International Convention, ASTD Quality Symposia, ASTD L.A. Train the Trainer and Annual Conference, Academy of Management, International Society for Performance Improvement International Conference, International Quality and Productivity Conference, American Educational Research Association and UCLA Industrial Relations Conference. He has worked overseas in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and Costa Rica. He is a pragmatic, people-oriented leader who is results-driven. He resides in Torrance, California with his wife and two sons.Donald also has significant international experience. He taught and did research at the University of International Economics and Trade, Beijing, China (1984-85); Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages, Beijing, China (1979-80); and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (1980-81). He conducted research studies in education and politics; taught over 4000 students in business, education, history, political science, and English; learned Chinese Mandarin and Thai; and then presented summaries of his experience at ASTD, AERA, and the Academy of Management National Conventions.Donald’s professional memberships are as follows: American Society for Training and Development, American Academy of Management, American Educational Research Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, California State Taskforce on Workplace Learning, International Society for Performance Improvement, L.A. Education Alliance for Restructuring Now (business mentor), Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles (Chair), National Management Association, Organizational Development Network, Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Technical Communication, Workforce Los Angeles, and the UCLA Alumni Association.

• Training Program Development
• Performance Improvement
• Organization Development
• Human Resources
• International Business

Ford, D.J. (1999). Bottom-line training: how to design and implement programs that boost profits. New York: Butterworth Heinemann. Ford, D.J. (1996). (Ed.) In action: designing training programs. New York: ASTD. Ford, D.J. (1994). Three Rs in the workplace. In Phillips (Ed.) In Action: Measuring Return on Investment, Vol. One. J. ASTD. Ford, D.J. (1993). Benchmarking training. In Training and Development Yearbook. Prentice-Hall. Ford, D.J. (1993). Benchmarking HRD. Training and Development, July. Ford, D.J. (1992). Toward a more literate workforce. Training and Development, November. Ford, D.J. (1992). The Magnavox experience: workplace literacy works,” Training and Development. (November 1992). Ford, D.J. (1990). Management perceptions of the benefits of computer training. HRD Quarterly, June. Ford, D.J. (1989). A software menu for the training department. Training, February 12. Ford, D.J. (1989). Whither China’s democracy movement? Christian Science Monitor, August 1. Ford, D.J. (1988). The twain shall meet: the current study of English in China. New York: McFarland. Ford, D.J. (1984). Home respiratory care options. Home Health Care, April. Ford, D.J. (1983). Computers Automate Patient Recordkeeping. Hospital Information Management, November. Ford, D.J. (1981). China odyssey: One family’s 30 year journey under Mao. Christian Science Monitor, November 15. Ford, D.J. (1979). What ails L.A. schools? Los Angeles Times, October 1. Ford, D.J. (1978). Making ends meet tough for garment workers. Los Angeles Times, February 14. Ford, D.J. (1978). Security system protects corporate assets. Corporate Information News, May.