Dr. Maja Zelihic


Dr. Maja (Maya) Zelihic is the UAGC Executive Dean (interm), a Fulbright Specialist, Full Professor, and a Department Chair of the Advanced Management Studies at the Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSBT). Dr. Zelihic is a Global Dialogue Partner at NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.

In the last few years, Dr. Zelihic served as a Program Chair of the MAOM, MBA, and DM programs, and a Professional Development and Scholarship committee at FSBT. Also, she served as a Communication Director of ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation & Experiential Learning). She is a global educator and a researcher at heart.

Dr. Zelihic is the recipient of Western International University Excellence Award for Contributions to Faculty Peer Development, three-time University of Phoenix Faculty Scholarship award, recognized as one of the top 10 Forbes School of Business & Technology faculty members in 2013, recipient of the University Fellows grants award in 2014 (as part of a team of four), and again the recipient of the University Fellows Grant award in 2016, 2018, and 2019 as the principal investigator.

In 2016, Dr. Zelihic was honored to be the recipient of both the 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award (nominated by her peers) and Forbes School of Business & Technology President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Dr. Zelihic is an editorial advisory board member of the Journal of Global Business Management and a peer reviewer at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute and Journal for Excellence in Business Education.

In the last few years, Dr. Zelihic conducted a series of comprehensive research ventures in Zambia, Haiti, Cuba, and Mexico. She also conducted multiple workshops in India. She presented at 25 international conferences and seminars/workshops in Europe, Middle East, Africa, US, and the Caribbean. She completed her Fulbright research in Zambia.

She has a doctoral degree in Organizational Management, two master’s degrees – MBA and a Master in Organizational Leadership development with specialization in corporate training and e-learning. She is published in more than 20 articles in various refereed journals, such as Springer’s Quality and Quantity Journal, Life Science Journal, Journal of American Business Review, and Journal of Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Zelihic co-authored a book on perception scheduled to be published by the end of 2020.