Rita J. Gunzelman, DM

Dr. Rita J. Gunzelman is a full-time professor in the School of Business and Information Technology and has worked for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) since the inception of the Master of Business Administration program in 2006.

Her academic career officially began in 2003 when she started developing curriculum and teaching Master of Business Administration courses in leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, and marketing for a university in Colorado Springs. She currently resides in Colorado Springs and has been active in the community for many years. Dr. Gunzelman volunteers in a variety of capacities, including serving as a board member in community organizations and continuous support to help place abandoned pets into good homes.

Dr. Gunzelman’s business career includes decades of executive leadership responsibilities while working in New York and San Francisco. She has worked for several Fortune 100 companies including American Express, Citicorp, and Wells Fargo.

She has additional business experience working for small and midsized companies, including an advertising and marketing agency in Kansas City and for a small Bay Area information technology business as its chief financial officer.

Her practical experience and depth of education applies to both her current professorship and her role as a consultant offering advice to various organizational leaders. She has received numerous business and academic awards and accolades honoring her accomplishments.

Dean’s Message:

“In 2010, Dr. Gunzelman published a substantial research paper related to the applicability of including workplace humor within Master of Business Administration curriculum. She is an active member of the International Society for Humor Studies, the Academy of Management, and the American Marketing Association.”


  • Doctorate in Management, Colorado Technical University
  • Master of Business Administration, Information Technology and Business Transformation, Colorado Technical University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Kansas State University