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Who We Are

Our Mission

Our Values & Innovations

The faculty of The American University in Vietnam ensures that both the university institution and the enrolled students capitalize on their capabilities to unleash their creative potential for the benefit of society.  To develop students’ creativity and integrative skills, the faculty offers interdisciplinary courses that cross the boundaries of academic disciplines.  Unlike other universities, we offer these capstone courses each year, not at the end of the degree program.  Students learn how to integrate knowledge and analysis to “connect the dots,” early in their studies. For example, in our freshman year’s “Technology, Culture and Society” capstone students gain insight from drawing upon multiple disciplines, including physical sciences, sociology, technology and applied sciences, business and economics, and social psychology.  In this course, each student takes on a particular technology (e.g., genetic engineering) and thoroughly examines the history, technical function, and impact of that technology on culture, social norms, behavior, economy, environment and people’s lives.  Upon completion of their research, students present and share their findings with the university community in a public forum.    

The faculty of AUV is committed to making students globally aware.  They require every semester students to study, research and explore about a particular nation or region of the world. Each semester a “qualified native” instructor is hired to conduct a special seminar/workshop to guide students in gaining a well-rounded view of the culture, history, economy, demography, business, government, and social institutions of the nation/region in focus.  At the semester’s end, students demonstrate their global understanding of the nation/region and present their research about contributions to the world from the region.  The faculty of AUV ensures that upon graduation, students will have been made familiar with multiple aspects of life in all regions of the globe.

Faculty members of AUV have a deep commitment to the practice of higher education.  They believe that students learn best when given a supportive learning environment to develop their unique abilities, talents, intellect, and passion.  Instead of giving canned instructional material, the role of our faculty is to help students explore, experiment, discover, apply and use a balanced mix of knowledge & skill, creativity & perspective, insight & wisdom while nurturing their personal and professional values through learning and self-discovery.  

Members of our faculty motivate and engage students in all stages of their learning process.  A small class size allows professors to pay individual attention to each student’s learning style, unique ability and talent while noting areas of intellectual strength and skill shortcomings. To maximize student achievements, faculty members make use of project-based learning, applied research, and diverse instructional methods.  In each course, students are engaged in group projects, individual experimentation, focused research, collective problem solving and decision-making.  This way, students not only strengthen their intellectual abilities but also sharpen their communication and social skills to expand their perspectives and experiences as they work with others.

Our faculty is mindful of creating bridges between theory and practice to expose students to work and life in the “real world.” They engage students to do field work, to observe the back-end operation of businesses, to have face-to-face conversations with international executives, to reflect on corporate site visits, to work in professional office settings, and to gain first-hand experience from co-op education, internships with international companies, and transnational student exchanges.  This way, the faculty ensures that each student gains insight into how the real world operates, how to conduct work, how organizations function, how executives think and manage, how businesses and industry interact with society, and how institutions and government respond to public expectations.  

Upon completion of their coursework at AUV, students are expected to apply their knowledge, skills, talents, and experiences for the direct benefit of the community, including service at community-based organizations, NGOs, social work institutions, charities, local government service, and non-profits entities.  This service learning is conducted directly under mentorship of the faculty in collaboration with the administrator of the served institutions.

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Our Academic Focus

International Advisory Board

Dr. Binh Tran
Dr. Binh Tran Chair of AUV Board of Trustees
APU Educational Development Group
Dr. Karen Haynes
Dr. Karen HaynesPresident
California State University, San Marcos
Dr. Christopher Wolf
Dr. Christopher Wolf CEO and Chief Investment
Officer of Preservation Trust Advisors
Dr. Emily Cutrer
Dr. Emily CutrerPresident
Texas A&M University – Texarkana
Dr. Zorica Pantic
Dr. Zorica PanticPresident
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Dr. Alan Goodman
Dr. Alan GoodmanPresident
Institute of International Education
Hon. Ahmad Kamal
Hon. Ahmad KamalSenior Fellow
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Gary Beer
Gary BeerFormer, President
Smithsonian Institution
 Dr. Gail Hackett
Dr. Gail HackettProvost And Vice President
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Richard Mackenzie, M.D.
Dr. Richard Mackenzie, M.D.Associate Professor
University of Southern California School Of Medicine
Dr. Vincent Morelli, M.D.
Dr. Vincent Morelli, M.D.Vanberbilt School Of Medicine
Roger Davidson
Roger Davidson Founder
Society for Sacred Universal Music
Dr. T. Dwayne McCay
Dr. T. Dwayne McCayPresident And Chief Operating Officer
Florida Institute of Technology
Mel Tyler
Mel Tyler Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs And Enrollment Management
University of Missouri–Kansas City


Dr. Robert M. MacKay
Dr. Robert M. MacKay Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
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Dr. John Behzad
Dr. John BehzadProfessor of Corporate Finance
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington
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Dr. Raffaele Longobardi
Dr. Raffaele LongobardiProfessor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Colorado
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Dr. Juergen Simon
Dr. Juergen Simon Associate Professor of International Business Management
Ph.D., Indiana University
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Dr. Marty F. Feess
Dr. Marty F. FeessProfessor of History
Ph.D.,Northern Arizona University
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Dr. Jean L. Briastre
Dr. Jean L. BriastreAssistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
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Dr. Hoang Nguyen
Dr. Hoang NguyenProfessor of Statistics
Ph.D., University of Southern California
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Dr. Maynard F. Yutzy
Dr. Maynard F. YutzyProfessor of Education
Ed.D., University of Oregon
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Dr. Hung Le
Dr. Hung LeProfessor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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Dr. Kevin Truman
Dr. Kevin TrumanDean of Computer Science (Honorary) and International Advisory Board Member
Ph.D., University of Missouri
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Dr. Quyen Di Bui
Dr. Quyen Di BuiProfessor of Languages and Cultures
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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Jason Nanton
Jason NantonLecturer of Personal Finance
M.B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Ralph Milsap
Ralph MilsapLecturer of English Language Development
M.A., Northern Michigan University
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Phil Neiland
Phil NeilandAssociate Instructor of English Language Development
B.A., Virginia Wesleyan University
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Ben Quick
Ben Quick Lecturer of English Literature and Composition
M.F.A, The University of Arizona
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Fabrice Boucard
Fabrice BoucardAssociate Instructor of French Culture
M.S., IUP University, France
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Stephen Donald Howell
Stephen Donald HowellLecturer of U.S. History
M.A.,Campbell University
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Dr. Ryan Preston
Dr. Ryan PrestonProfessor of Philosophy (2015-17)
Ph.D., Harvard University
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Dr. Richard Mack
Dr. Richard MackProfessor of Economics (2014-15)
Ph.D., Colorado State University
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Dr. Vincent J. Morelli
Dr. Vincent J. MorelliLecturer of Sports Medicine (2014-15)
M.D., Duke University
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Hien Le
Hien LeAssociate Instructor of English Language Development (2014-15)
M.A., Texas Christian University
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Brandon Mclaughlin
Brandon MclaughlinAssociate Instructor of Psychology (2014-15)
M.S.,University Of Maine
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Ben Thelwell
Ben ThelwellAssociate Instructor of English Language Development (2014-15)
M.S., University of Maine
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Shannon Ahrndt
Shannon AhrndtAssociate Instructor of English Language Development (2015-16)
M.A., University of Wisconsin
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Brandon Fink
Brandon FinkLecturer of English Language Development (2014-17)
M.S., Western Oregon State University
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Matthew Klein
Matthew KleinLecturer of English Language Development (2015-17)
M.S., University of Massachusetts, Boston
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Alex Bleecker
Alex BleeckerLecturer of English Language Development (2015-17)
M.S., Bank Street School of Education, New York
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Frank Vinh
Frank VinhLecturer of Languages (2013-14)
M.S, University of Southern California
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Brian Erskine
Brian ErskineLecturer of Personal Finance (2014-15)
M.B.A., Wharton – University of Pennsylvania
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