Directory & Faculty Profiles

Anna Copeland-Wheatley, PhD

I am at heart an entrepreneur and educator. After earning my PhD in English, I co-founded a magazine, AlleyCat News, here in New York in 1995. It covered the first generation of high-tech entrepreneurs and venture capital. For the past decade or so, I have been teaching with the University of Phoenix and other institutions online and on-ground. In 2017, I joined the University of Phoenix full-time as a Faculty Development Chair serving various campuses in throughout the East. What attracts me to teaching at UOPX are the students: educationally and ethnically diverse populations interested in taking their college experience directly into the real world as they figure out how to identify and meet their own goals.  For instance, I teach a class in business communications at the University of Phoenix ground campus in Jersey City. The syllabus is very basic. I redesigned it to be a “How to Succeed in Business” class. We work hands-on writing resumes, cover letters, researching and matching skills to opportunities. Most important, we explore near-term and long-term trends in the business sector. At its core, all my teaching is directed toward clear communication, critical thinking outside of the classroom, and strategies for absorbing and responding to a world that is defined by hyper-reinvention. Hyper-reinvention is also the heart of my scholarly interests. Whether writing and editing for OMNI Magazine in the early 1990s or AlleyCat News, my interest in innovation and entrepreneurship has been a driving factor in my publishing and consulting work. Former ventures include creating a newsletter for the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at NYU Stern, developing an courses for a certificate program in entrepreneurship for UAB, and providing support to UOPX doctoral students at the Jersey City Research Club.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


Associate Faculty
Primary College or School: 
College of Humanities & Sciences