University Teacher, Entrepreneur, Marketer

  • Established a regional company that assisted thousands of people to achieve their endurance sports goals
  • Proven entrepreneurial, marketing and sales, and project management experience
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Managed direct reports and cross-functional teams
  • Developed and managed domestic and European marketing initiatives.
  • Significant expertise in data-driven market analysis, student assessment, and program/product development
  • Extensive experience in instructional design and delivery of online and face-to-face university courses
  • Integrates real-life marketing and business development experience in academic course design

Update: Will be heading to Northeast Modern Language Association's (NEMLA)  annual 2020 conference to present "Let’s Work Together: Cross-functional Teams as a Pathway to Success."

Communicating with Students
Reaching out to each student on a regular, scheduled basis helps establish consistent communication patterns.  This is reinforced by showing respect for the students, appreciating their efforts, and understanding that they are managing more than just coursework each day. Also important is proactively developing strategies to meeting individual student support needs, based on Universal Design for Learning principles.  

In addition to structured asynchronous communications (email, in-course announcements, text, etc.), scheduled and ad hoc synchronous interaction (Skype, Facetime, etc.) provide points of engagement for students who prefer these modalities to accommodate specific learning and communication needs.  Similarly, strong instructor-student communication also is predicated on strong communication among students in both formal and informal classroom situations; this means that multiple modes of interaction are embedded in ongoing course activities.

Teaching Philosophy
I believe that it is my responsibility to establish classroom situations that enable students to rehearse real-world skills in collaborative course environments.  Because communication skills are so critical for success in business, my teaching tends to be both writing intensive and analytical: students enrolled in my courses are expected to identify and evaluate source materials, articulate their understanding of course content to specialists and non-specialists alike, and apply their knowledge in a wide range of business scenarios.

Research Interests
Current research interests include: the organizational dynamics of start-up companies; quantifiable best practices associated with online learning; analytics and market analysis; Universal Design for Learning (UDL) curriculum development; community formation and classroom instruction.

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