Guided by the motto “learn continuously, live generatively” I am a business professor and corporate trainer bolstered by my background as a writer, marketer, and speaker.
As a business professor I teach communication, management, and marketing courses to adult learners online and on campuses throughout Southern California. Embracing an opportunity abroad, since September 2014 I have taught undergraduates 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. I also designed computer-based training modules for 15,000 shipboard employees of a leading cruise line.
Leveraging my subject matter expertise I develop classes that achieve the learning objectives of organizations along with academic courses that are delivered on campus and online with Blackboard, Canvas, eCollege, edX, Moodle, Sakai — plus a platform that delivers curriculum via an iPad app. I have also created commercial online video training courses about e-learning, online marketing, SEO, and social media.
A lifelong writer, I author scholarly papers and feature articles. Since 2007 I have published Doctorious, a blog about my adventures in academia. I also wrote EdX E-Learning Course Development — a book for educators developing MOOC courses for the edX learning management system (to be published in 2015 by Packt Publishing). I am an unrepentant fan of the Oxford comm; the semicolon is also a guilty pleasure.
As a marketer I have managed people, products, and projects in the entertainment, healthcare, non-profit, publishing, and technology segments. Notably, I prepared an expert witness report for the defendants in Burnett vs. Young, et al. (alleged copyright infringement via social media in the Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen song “Good Time”). Citing social media statistics and outlining the impact of user behavior related to the case my report influenced the plaintiff to drop her case, earning the defendants $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 (where I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa). I also completed coursework in an organizational leadership doctoral program at Pepperdine University.
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 superheroes — especially Superman. When I am earthbound you can find me living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.