Craig Nathanson

Craig Nathanson

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Craig Nathanson is an educator, author, speaker, and coach for mid-life development. Dr. Nathanson has been a faculty member in management at The University of San Francisco since 2013, teaching in both the undergrad and MBA programs.

Dr. Nathanson has been teaching on-site and online graduate and undergraduate programs since 2001 at several universities in North America, Europe, China, and Vietnam. He worked for over twenty years in various senior management positions in U.S. Fortune 500 companies. 

Dr. Nathanson has written and published seven books on personal and mid-life development and management, including “The Best Manager: Getting better results through people.” Dr. Nathanson’s book “Joyful work in the second half of life: The five stages” accumulates twenty years of research on the intersection of work and mid-life.


  • Organizational Behavior
  • Humanistic Leadership
  • Joyful Work
  • Mid-Life development

Research Areas

  • Humanistic Leadership
  • Joyful Work
  • Mid-life Development


  • The Fielding Graduate University, PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, 2013
  • The Fielding Graduate University, MA in Human Development, 1996
  • Golden Gate University, MS in Telecommunications Management, 1989

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in Management, University of San Francisco
  • Honorary Lecturer in Management, Lincoln International School of Business, England
  • Professor in Management, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium

Awards & Distinctions

  • PHP Faculty Award, 2020
  • Professor of the Year, Management Programs, University of Liverpool, England Online, 2013
  • Excellent Teacher Award, Moser Center of Adult Learning, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Moving Higher Education Beyond Covid-19: Innovative and technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning (Emerald Studies in Higher Education, Innovation and Technology), Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. Visvizi, A., Lytras, M.D., Jamal Al-Lail, H. (eds) (2022). The chapter is entitled Humanistic Leadership and its Enduring Legacy in a Post-Covid-19 World. (HLM Model cited) C. Nathanson
  • Nathanson C. (2021) The Humanistic Leader Model- Journal of Business and Technology 2021; 5(1)
  • Nathanson C. (2017) The Experience of Vocational Alignment in Midlife. Austin J Bus Adm Manage. 2017; 1(3): 1012.