Richard S. Colfax

Richard S. Colfax, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Resource Management and Management (Retired as of Sept. 30, 2020)

location  Office Location:  SBPA 121
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Richard Colfax, Ph.D., GPHR, SHRM-SCP, HRMP, SPHR-I, PHR, CM, CHRP
Dr. Richard Colfax, Ph.D. has extensive university teaching and international work experience in both Japan and Guam. The tenured (full) Professor of Human Resource Management and Management, he teaches undergraduate BBA and graduate PMBA and MPA courses. He coordinates and advises the Human Resource Management (HRM) undergraduate program which is certified & aligned with the SHRM national academic initiative.

Major current responsibilities include: SBPA Faculty Mentor, UOG Crisis & Disaster Team advisor and Advisor to various student organization including the award-winning SHRM Student Chapter, Student Veteran’s Organization, Sigma Beta Delta Honor, and Pohnpei Student Organization. He previously served as Graduate Faculty Coordinator, Promotion and Tenure Committee Chair; IRB compliance Chair, and Professional MBA (PMBA) Program Chair.

He is professionally certified in Human Resources from SHRM & HRCI; Risk & Crisis Management from FEMA/EMI and PATA International; and the EQ/EQ-I, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and DISC-flex.
Dr. Colfax continues to collaborate with SBPA colleagues on research - publication efforts and presents at local and international conferences.

Dr. Colfax privately provides international human resource-management-business consulting services including federal contract partnering facilitation, performance evaluation development, business/market research & analysis, critical thinking and management team development. A fluent Japanese speaker, he has worked, consulted, trained and taught across the Asia-Pacific Region.


  • B.S., Economics and Comparative Literature, Sophia University (Tokyo)
  • M.A., Human Resource Leadership, Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)
  • M.A., Human Development, Fielding Graduate University (Calif.)
  • Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University (Calif.)
  • PMBA, University of Guam
  • MPA, University of Guam
  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional
  • Global Professional in Human Resources
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources International
  • Human Resource Management Professional
  • Certified Healthcare Reform Professional
  • Certified Manager