Teaching

When asked why teaching is my tenure, I explain, “I embrace education as my profession because it empowers me to help shape the lives of others, while giving my life greater meaning.” On this page you will find my Teaching Philosophy, Teaching Interests, and Research Interests. You can also view  courses  I have taught or view courses I have developed.


Teaching Philosophy
Internalizing Søren Kierkegaard’s idea that “to be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner,” I join with my students on a journey of generative learning. 
Sensitive to the unique experiences, challenges, and learning styles of adult learners, I assign projects relevant to their personal and professional perspectives. Believing education should create community, not competition, I combine learning with laughter to construct a collaborative classroom. Interdisciplinary, I welcome varied viewpoints and encourage my students to own their education. Motivated to “learn continuously and live generatively” I embrace education because it empowers me to shape the lives of others while giving my life greater meaning.


Teaching Interests

As a lifelong learner who entered academia after a decade in industry, I teach practically and purposefully. Leveraging active learning strategies for undergraduate, graduate, and professional development students in traditional, online, and blended classes, I develop courses by integrating my experience managing people, products, and projects in the education, entertainment, medical device, nonprofit, publishing, travel, and technology segments. My teaching interests include communication, marketing, and management courses as follows:

  • Business Communication
  • Consumer Behavior
  • E-Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media Marketing

Research Interests

Balancing theory and reality, my research interests intersect humanity, industry, and technology.  My first book, edX E-Learning Course Development, was published for educators designing, developing, and deploying MOOC courses on the edX platform. Additional research of mine is published in book chapters, refereed academic journals, refereed conference publications, and refereed conference proceedings. I have also been cited in a business book, industry publication, and a marketing journal. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Business Communication
  • Digital Economy
  • E-Commerce
  • Educational Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Sharing Economy
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sports Marketing