I am an American teacher, researcher, and trainer with more than 25 years of experience writing, speaking, and consulting. Guided by the motto “learn continuously, live generatively” I develop undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, and marketing for delivery on campus, via blended learning, and online.
After teaching extensively across Southern California, I embraced an expat opportunity in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where I educate undergraduates at the American University in the Emirates. Leveraging active learning strategies, I also facilitate corporate training on business writing, creativity and innovation, and emotional intelligence for entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 employee, and government officials.
Balancing theory and reality, my research interests intersect humanity, industry, and technology; I have published my research in books, book chapters, case studies, conference proceedings and publications, and peer-reviewed journals. For more than a decade I have also authored Doctorious, a blog about my adventures in academia; I also write articles for magazines, newspapers, and trade journals.
A charismatic speaker, I use sincerity, humor, and storytelling to connect with audiences; digital marketing and educational technology are my areas of expertise. You might also find me acting in student films, appearing in television commercials, or performing as a voice over artist; I have also appeared on three game shows.
As a consultant I craft curriculum, develop websites, creates marketing collateral, design blogs, direct public relations campaigns, and launch courses in learning management systems. A social media subject matter expert, a report I wrote earned the defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit $500,000 in previously suspended royalties.
A lifelong learner, I am participating in the “United Arab Emirates/Stanford University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Program” which trains educators to inspire an innovation and entrepreneurship mindset in their students. I hold an MBA from Woodbury University and a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from UC Santa Barbara (with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa distinction).
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