Michael Mandel

Lecturer in Business Communications

Associate Director, Eller Social Innovation

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational communications
  • Leadership through communication
  • Visual design and effective presentations
  • Professional persona
  • Communicating with technology
  • Management consulting
  • Community, program and resource development
  • Nonprofit governance and management


MBA, The University of Arizona, 2012

BA in Drama, Ithaca College, 2000

Michael Mandel spent most of his professional career working in the nonprofit sector as both a paid staff member and a consultant before entering academia. He has served as development director of the Community Food Bank, director of housing services for the Primavera Foundation, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona and communications director of the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. Mandel launched a consulting practice, Mandel Management Solutions, in 2005. A Tucson resident since 2002, he was named one of the first (and youngest) Tucson “40 Under 40” young professional leaders in 2005 and has since won several other local awards for community service and advocacy. As a volunteer on local boards of directors, he has served as chair of the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission and as vice president of SAMHC (Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation, then Pasadera Behavioral Health Services).

He transitioned to teaching at the collegiate level in 2013 after completing his MBA with a 4.0 GPA the previous year. As an instructor, Mandel's teaching philosophy has three basic tenets:

  1. The content he teaches must have immediate practical application

  2. The ways he teaches must meet his students where they are

  3. The end result of how he teaches must foster his students' critical thinking skills

To learn more about Michael's teaching philosophy and how he incorporates technology into his teaching, visit his Better Learning Through Technology website at http://betterlearning.tech.


  • BCOM 314: Business Communications
  • MGMT 356: Sports Communication
  • MGMT 391: Preceptorship (Project Management)
  • BCOM 510: Communication for Managers
  • BCOM 512: Advanced Strategic Communication

Teaching Interests

  • Professional persona and impression management
  • Interpersonal and team communication
  • Teaching with technology
  • Consulting
  • Technology-mediated communication

Professional Associations

  • Member, Association for Business Communication (ABC)
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma (international honor society for collegiate schools of business)