Dina Samora

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Dina Samora found her fervor for life well-suited to the world of higher learning, so she made a career change from corporate and nonprofit leadership to pursue a doctoral degree where her expertise connects with academics – the study of leadership. With over 30 years of proficient direction and management experience, Dr. Samora’s work in higher education includes the dean’s office, Curriculum Developer/Director, Dissertation Student Advocate, and Program Chair. Dr. Samora has also served adults with mental challenges in her local community, flourished as a local pastor/counselor for over 20 years, and works mentoring students as they conduct their research in business, education and psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Mangement, an MBA, and finally an Ed.D in Leadership. Dr. Samora’s research interests include Transactional Distance, Online Faculty Presence, Nonprofit Administration, Leadership, Educational Leadership, Online Program Development, Small Business Management, Generations in Business, and Online Adaptive Learning. Dr. Samora works with a local ministry to provide food and basic necessities for those in need and is currently in training for disaster preparedness. She plays guitar and piano, enjoys the outdoors, and thrives on making a difference in the lives of others.

Courses Taught

DDBA 8006 - Contemporary Challenges in Business

DDBA 8300 - Qualitative Quantitative Methodology Applied Research

DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study mentoring

DDBA 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion

DDBA 8151 - Org Leadership Doctoral Study Theory


MBA, Liberty University

BS, Southern Christian University

EdS, Liberty University

Public Service

Grace Family Fellowship, President - Camp Verde

Living Faith Christian Center , Volunteer - Prescott Valley

Living Waters, Volunteer - Prescott Valley


Samora, D. L. (2019). Peace Missions to the Karen and Shan Migrants from Myanmar in Southeast Asia. International Journal of Frontier Missions


Samora, D. L. (2015). 5 technological trends Christian schools should prepare to address. Christian Academia Press

Samora, D. L. (2013). Characteristics of the effective online teaching faculty: Perspectives of online university administrators. Liberty University

Samora, D. L. (2016). Decreasing transactional distance: Increasing presence with adult online learning. U of Georgia

SAmora, D. L. (2012). Online, Offline, and Out of Line: Plagiarism and the Demise of Academic Integrity. U of MN

SAmora, D. l. (2015). Student Discussion Forums: The New Frontier . CSU-Global

Samora, D. L. (2014). Teaching Machines: Can Computer-Based Adaptive Learning Systems Deliver One-on-One Tutoring?. NCU