Paul Melendez

University Distinguished Outreach Professor
Founder, Center for Leadership Ethics

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

Areas of Expertise

Organizational ethics
International business
Innovative thinking

Dr. Paul Melendez has been with the Eller College of Management since 1996. He earned his doctorate from the University of Arizona with a specialization in privatization. He is the first and only Eller professor to be recognized by the University of Arizona as a University Distinguished Outreach Professor for promoting ethics education for over two decades. As a professor in the Department of Management and Organizations, he teaches courses in business ethics, organizational behavior, and international management. He authored Moral Problems in Management: An Objective Model of Analysis published by McGraw-Hill. He also provides high-level consulting on ethical decision-making, transformational leadership, and innovative thinking. Clients include DP World (Dubai), BHP Billiton (Australia), and Grupo Bal (Mexico) to name a few. As founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, he leads efforts to improve organizational ethics through cutting-edge research, education, and outreach programs. Dr. Melendez was previously on the faculty of the School of Public Administration and Policy, served as assistant dean for Eller Executive Education, and served as assistant department head for the Department of Management and Organizations.


  • MGMT 202 Ethical Issues in Business
  • MGMT 310A Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 435 International Management


  • University Distinguished Outreach Professor
  • Eller College of Management, Outstanding Business Management Faculty Award
  • Undergraduate Faculty Member of the Year
  • Department of Management and Organizations, Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Eller College of Management, Neville Cramer Faculty Award
  • Dean's Undergraduate Course Innovation Grant
  • The University of Arizona, Team Award for Excellence


  • EdD, The University of Arizona