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Leslie M.
Business Administration
Assistant Professor of Business & Hospitality Tourism

Dr. Leslie Rush is an Assistant Professor of General Business and Hospitality Tourism at the University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu (UHWO). She has received nominations for the Outstanding Teaching Laulima Innovation Award, Excellence in Teaching at UHWO, as well as for Teaching Excellence -Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). Additionally, Dr. Rush continues to serve the UHWO campus on various administration, strategic planning, and educational committees.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Rush served as a Firm Administrator & Human Resources Manager for a law firm located in both Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She has also held human resources and office management roles in real estate management, security, and environmental industries. Dr. Rush has continued her community service and outreach through various business consultant roles for local non-profits and as a small groups leader focusing on personal finance and women's ministry.

Doctor of Business Administration, California Southern University (2020)
Business Administration

Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix (2002)
Business Management

Bachelor of Science, Western Washington University (1999)
Environmental Science / Minor in Chemistry

Assistant Professor of General Business & Hospitality Tourism, University of Hawai`i-West O`ahu (2022-Present)

Instructor of General Business, University of Hawai`i-West O`ahu (2013-2022)

Firm Administrator/Human Resources Manager, Smith Freed & Eberhard, PC (2008-2017)

Human Resources/Office Manager, PREM Group (2005-2008)

  • APSC/BUSA 486 Senior Project
  • APSC/BUSA 490 Senior Practicum
  • BUSA 300 Principals of Marketing
  • BUSA/FIN 301 Personal Finance
  • BUSA 320 Statistics for Decision Making
  • BUSA 332 Contemporary Business Issues
  • BUSA 440 Business Communications
  • HOST 306 Hospitality & Travel Administration
  • ICS 101 Digital Tools for the Information World
  • MKT 331 Advertising & Promotions Management
  • MKT/PUBA 476 Healthcare Marketing


Rush, L. (in press). High Impact Practices in Underserved Communities: Linking Open Educational Resources and Local Non-Profit in Business Communications Course Design. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.

Rush, L. (2023). Evaluating Demand for Full-Time Enrollment in Public Higher Education. International Journal of Business & Management Studies, 04(02), 20-29. https://doi.org10.56734/ijbms.v4n2a3


Business Communication Course and Community Partnerships: Linking Open Educational Resources and Project-Based Learning Outcomes, Proceedings of the Poster Session of the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference - The International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies (Trieste Italy, September 2021), 19-21

Assessing Undergraduate Enrollment Segment Strategies within Public Higher Education

  • Business management
  • Firm administration
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Personal finance
  • Business communication
  • Distance education


High Impact Practices in Underserved Communities: Linking Open Educational Resources and Local Non-Profit in Business Communications Course Design. The International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2022.

Assessing full-time undergraduate student segments: Public higher education enrollment in Hawai'i. The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022) - The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Barcelona, Spain, September 2022.


Business Communications Course and Community Partnership: Conference: 29th CEEMAN Conference - International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies, Trieste, Italy, September 2021

  • Creating Sustainable Business Models, ACE Engage
  • QM Teaching Online, Quality Matters
  • Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR), HRCI 

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management (2006 - present)