SPHR SHRM-SCP, Core Faculty Capella University School of Business
Dr. Gorriaran is a retired
Army Human Resources Officer with twenty-two years in human resources, training
and development, and recruiting.
Immediately after retirement he received teaching appointments in business
and mathematics at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2004, he entered the Foreign Service where
he served at the following diplomatic missions: Skopje, Macedonia; Tirana, Albania;
and Nogales, Mexico. In Skopje, and Tirana he served as the Human Resources
Officer. While in Nogales, in addition to his other duties as Management
Officer, he led the integration of the Drug Enforcement Agency into consulate
operations while serving as deputy principal officer for administration. After serving in the Foreign Service, Dr.
Gorriaran worked at the Smithsonian Institution as human resources business
partner and international HR advisor. Dr. Gorriaran joined Capella University
as part time research faculty in 2005 and also served in the capacity of doctoral
mentor. In 2010, he joined Capella University as core faculty in the Master’s
in HR program, where he is currently the lead faculty member.
Gorriaran’s many awards are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the U.S. Department
of State Meritorious Honor Award, and he was twice awarded the Samuel R.
Marotta Faculty Ethics Award while teaching at Northwood University. While at Capella University he has been
recognized with the: Capella University
Harold Abel Award for SOB 2014, and in 2016, he was the President's Award
Winner. In 2017, he received a National Teaching
Excellence award from the ACBSP; this year he was recognized with an appointment
(2018-2020) to Capella University’s President's Advisory Panel (PAC).
Dr. Gorriaran holds a bachelor’s
degree in public administration (CSUC) and master’s degrees in business
administration (Webster University), public administration (Troy University)
and information technology (Keller Graduate School of management). He also holds a Doctorate in Business
Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is currently a candidate
for a Ph.D (Capella University) in information technology. Dr. Gorriaran is a graduate of the Army’s
Command and General Staff College, Army War College’s - Defense Strategy Course
and the Human Resources, Financial Management and General Service courses at
the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service institute.
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