Jacob Avila, D.P.P.D.

Director, Construction Management Program
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Office Phone: (951) 343-4394
E-mail: javila@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point, 124
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
D.P.P.D. Policy, Planning and Development University of Southern California 2013
M.B.A. Management California Baptist University 2008
B.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology Pepperdine University 2002
  • Additional Education

    Earned joint certification in International Business Studies from California Baptist University and Regent’s Park College of the University of Oxford (summer 2005)

    Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), international study (summer 2000)

  • Courses Taught

    CON 205 - Plan Reading and Estimating
    CON 350 - Project Delivery and Contracts
    CON 430 - Advanced Estimating
    CON 460 - Construction Planning and Scheduling
    EGR 451 - Project and Construction Management

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    I consider myself a scholar-practitioner and I am committed to enhancing the work of construction industry professionals (restoration and remodeling) through applied research. The underlying goal in all of my work is to help organizations gain efficiencies by systematically advancing the understanding of industry dynamics, improving the design and application of best practices, and strengthening the connections between scholarly and professional activities.

  • Teaching Experience

    Biola University, Crowell School of Business
    Riverside Community College

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS

    Avila, J., and Cunningham, L. (2016, March). Healthy family relationships: A vital component to family business success – Part 4. Restoration and Remediation Magazine, 10 (3).

    Avila, J., and Cunningham, L. (2016, February). Healthy family relationships: A vital component to family business success – Part 3. Restoration and Remediation Magazine, 10 (2).

    Avila, J., and Cunningham, L. (2016, January). Healthy family relationships: A vital component to family business success – Part 2. Restoration and Remediation Magazine, 10 (1).

    Avila, J., and Cunningham, L. (2015, December). Healthy family relationships: A vital component to family business success – Part 1. Restoration and Remediation Magazine, 9 (12).

    Avila, J., and Jacobs, F., and Crosby, R. (2015). An exploration of family business dynamics in the restoration industry. The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration, and Inspection, 2 (3), 10-17.

    Avila, J. (2014). Guest blog: Survey can help advance understanding of family-owned restoration firms. Restoration and Remediation Magazine.

    Jacobs, F., and Avila, J. (2014). Adaptation of a construction management program to online delivery. 50th Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) international conference proceedings. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

    Avila, J. (2013). The impact of social capital: A case study on the role of social capital in the restoration and recovery of communities after disasters. University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. (Doctoral dissertation).

    Avila, J., and Jacobs, F. (2013). Teaching construction management in the virtual classroom. Poster abstract presented at the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction annual conference. California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. April 10–13, 2013.

    Avila, J. (2010). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program Workbook 2.0. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. March 19, 2010.

    Avila, J. (2009). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program Workbook 1.1. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. October 1, 2009.

    Avila, J. (2008). Entrepreneurship @ RCC Program Workbook 1.0. Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College.

    LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

    Avila, J. (2015). Represented Business Networks at the BN10 group meeting for restoration and remodeling contractors. St. Louis, MO. November 15–18, 2015.

    Avila, J. (2015). Represented Business Networks at new client orientation and worked with Emergency Restoration Services of Nashville, TN – a restoration and remodeling contractor. Eugene, OR. August 2–4, 2015.

    Avila, J. (2015). An exploration of family business dynamics in the restoration industry using the F-PEC scale. Presented at the Business Networks semi-annual restoration and remodeling contractor conference and retreat. Temecula Creek Inn. May 14, 2015.

    Jacobs, F., and Avila, J. (2014). Adaptation of a construction management program to online delivery. 50th Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) international conference proceedings. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. March 26-28, 2014.

    Avila, J. (2013). Developments in innovation and entrepreneurship and the implications for HR professionals. Presented at the County of Riverside HR Conference 2013 sponsored by People First. University of California, Riverside. August 28, 2013.

    Avila, J., and Jacobs, F. (2013). Teaching construction management in the virtual classroom. Poster abstract presented at the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction annual conference. California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. April 10–13, 2013.

    Avila, J. (2010). Venture capital. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 21, 2010.

    Avila, J. (2010). Fast pitch presentations. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 21, 2010.

    Avila, J. (2009). The business plan: Business plan writing for entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. June 5, 2009.

    Avila, J. (2009). Understanding financials: Financial statement analysis for entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship @ RCC seminar series sponsored by the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. May 15, 2009.

    Avila, J. (2008). Understanding financials: Financial statement analysis for entrepreneurs. Presented at the Entrepreneurship Corner seminar series sponsored by the Center for International Trade Development, the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and the Business and Information Systems Technology Department, Riverside Community College. October 10, 2008.

    GRANTS

    2009 California Community Colleges System, Economic Development Program ($90,000) with Ron Pardee, Linda Reifsncheider and Hank Rogers, for “The Planning and Development of a Sustainable Business Incubator Model.” Fall 2009–Spring 2010.

    2009 California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program ($5,000) with Ron Pardee, Linda Reifsncheider and Hank Rogers, for the “Creation and Implementation of Low-Unit Certificates in Entrepreneurship.” Fall 2009–Spring 2010.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    The Grove Community Church
    Marriage ministry

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Traveling with my wife, playing with my kids, upland game hunting, reading, writing, teaching, and spending time with friends

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3