Cliff Hurst
Cliff Hurst, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Virginia
M.A. The Fielding Institute
Ph.D. The Fielding Institute

Areas of Experience

  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Judgment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Conscious Capitalism
  • Human judgment and decision-making
  • About Cliff Hurst, Ph.D.

    Ask me about our new minor in Entrepreneurship! I'm excited to announce that, after a year of planning, we now offer a minor in entrepreneurship that is available to any undergraduate student at Westminster, regardless of your major. Are you a biology major? A dance major? A computer science major? And education major? It doesn't matter; you can now combine the passion you have for your major with a minor in entrepreneurship. Make meaning... make a difference... and make a living... your way. 

    The fall of 2016 begins my fifth year as a professor here at Westminster.

    I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and my MA and PhD from Fielding Graduate University .Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member of Westminster College, I operated my own Organizational Development consulting practice for 24 years. I have previously taught as an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley International Certificate program, and at Santa Clara University. I also have prior experience in sales and marketing management in the recreational boating industry and served for 5 years as an officer of U.S. Marines.

    I take a keen academic interest in human judgment and decision-making, especially the judgment and decision-making of entrepreneurs. I'm an avid student of a value theory known as formal axiology. The person who first developed the theory of formal axiology is the late Dr. Robert S. Hartman. In addition to being a professor of philosophy, Hartman also consulted with executives of several of the largest organizations in the U.S. One of those was Nationwide Insurance.

    During a workshop he gave to executives at Nationwide, Hartman outlined four steps to a successful life. Those steps are: to know yourself, to choose yourself, to grow yourself, and to give yourself... to a cause larger than you. I can think of no better description of the aims of higher education.

    In July of 2015, I was interviewed for a Podcast by Fast Leader. If you want to learn a more about my teaching philosophy, you can view that by visiting: clicking here.

    I am actively involved with a number of entrepreneurship organizations locally, including: Impact Hub, Beehive Startups, Wayne Brown Institute, P3Utah, and Westminster's own Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Robert S. Hartman Institute for Formal and Applied Axiology. I'm a co-editor of the Journal of Formal Axiology Theory and Practice and am a frequent contributor to that journal.




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