Erin Paradise

Lecturer, Management & Organizations
Erin Paradis

McClelland Hall 405Q
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

Organizational leadership
Public speaking
Talent development
Teaching and coaching

For over 18 years, Erin Paradise has served as a teacher, mentor, and leader. Dr. Paradise teaches courses in management, research methods, teaching and learning, business communication, organizational behavior, and leadership.  Dr. Paradise is passionate about student support and strives to create a classroom environment where students can take risks, challenge themselves, and build skills for their future careers. As a leader, she has worked with a variety of stakeholders to adopt change initiatives that promote student success. She earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Education and Outreach from the University of Arizona, her M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, and her Ed.D. in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

As part of university leadership initiatives, Dr. Paradise is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellow; this group develops and implements programs to support Latinx students and promote DEI initiatives. Her service work also includes engagement in culturally-responsive curriculum development and study programs focused on culture, social justice, and identity. Her research focuses on the relationship between self-efficacy, self-concept, culturally-responsive workplace practices, leadership, and professional development, as well as employee relationships and compassionate leadership. She was named a 40 Under 40 Honoree in 2023 by The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was voted most Engaging Faculty Member by undergraduate students at the Eller College of Management, Fall 2023, and as the Eller Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year for the Upper Division in 2023-2024.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona faculty, Dr. Paradise was the Head of School for BASIS Tucson North, one of the nation’s top-ranked public, charter schools. She served as a mentor for leaders across 27 schools within the BASIS network and provided professional development training and ongoing coaching. As a leader, she has worked with a variety of stakeholders to adopt change initiatives that promote student success, employee support, and organizational growth. In addition to working at the Eller College of Management, Dr. Paradise is involved in several community organizations in leadership, theatre arts, athletics, and service.


  • MGMT 310A Organizational Behavior and Management
  • HNRS 336: Leadership in Organizations
  • HNRS 195J Women in Leadership: Closing the Equity Gap and Shaping the Future
  • BCOM 314 Business Communication
  • BCOM 214 Fundamentals of Business Communication
  • BCOM 212 Communication Essentials in Economics

Professional Associations 

  • Association for Business Communication
  • Phi Delta Kappa



  • Ed.D. Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.B.A. Organizational Leadership, Norwich University
  • B.F.A. Theatre Arts Education and Outreach, University of Arizona