Guided by the motto “learn continuously, live generatively” I am a business professor, corporate trainer, and instructional designer bolstered by my background as a writer, marketer, and speaker.
As a business professor I have taught communication, management, and marketing courses for Antioch University, National University, UCLA Extension, UC Santa Barbara Extension and other academic institutions. Embracing an opportunity abroad, since September 2014 I have taught undergraduate courses as a lecturer in the College of Business at Jumeira University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In corporate settings I’ve conducted on site business writing, communication, and decision-making workshops for a Fortune 500 pharmaceuticals and health care products company. Bringing my technical skills to task I also designed and revised computer-based training modules for 15,000 shipboard employees of a leading cruise line. In addition, I developed online and hybrid courses to achieve the learning and development goals of various private organizations.
As an instructional designer I leverage my subject matter expertise to create academic courses delivered on campus and online with Blackboard, Canvas, eCollege, edX, Moodle, Sakai — and a unique platform that delivers curriculum via an iPad app. I have also developed commercial online video training courses about e-learning, online marketing, SEO, and social media.
A lifelong writer, I have authored numerous scholarly papers, feature articles. Since 2007 I have published Doctorious, a blog about my adventures in academia. I am presently writing “EdX E-Learning Course Development,” a book for educators designing, developing, and deploying an interactive and informative MOOC course for the edX learning management system (to be published in 2015 by Packt Publishing). I am an unrepentant fan of the Oxford comma and the semicolon.
An experienced marketer, I have managed people, products, and projects in the entertainment, healthcare, non-profit, publishing, and technology segments. Recognized for my subject matter expertise in social media marketing I prepared an expert witness report on behalf of the defendants in Burnett vs. Young, et al., U.S. District Court, Central District of California (alleged copyright infringement via social media in the Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen song “Good Time”) by citing social media statistics and outlining the impact of social media user behavior related to the case. My report influenced the plaintiff to drop her case, earning the defendants my research supported more than $500,000 in royalties.
A charismatic speaker I use sincerity, humor, and storytelling to connect with audiences. Education, leadership, management, social media, and technology are my main topics. If you’re looking for a unique approach to a timely topic ask me about my signature speech, “Superman: Manager of Steel.”
Educationally, I earned an MBA from Woodbury University and a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Santa Barbara. It is there that I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. I completed coursework in an organizational leadership doctoral program at Pepperdine University as well.
Raised near San Francisco, but born in Boston, I am a Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and Red Sox fan. Fascinated with flight, I’ve had a lifelong love of aviation, science fiction, and comic book superheroes — especially Superman. When I am earthbound you can find me living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.