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I’m currently serving as Executive Professor of Higher Education and a faculty fellow at the Center for Innovation in Learning Design (CILD) at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary.  After spending 2018-19 as Executive Professor in Residence at Swem Library, I’ll be coordinating the University Teaching and Learning Project as part of the the expansion of William & Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

On this site, I’m going to explore several questions related to the general question of how we help members of our communities learn how to learn over their lifespans.

  • What will the connection between colleges and universities and the world of work be for the next generation of learners? It’s quite possible that our society will continue experience a pace of technological growth that could transform or eliminate entire professions. At the same time, we ca envision a society where hundreds of thousands of citizens live into their 90’s relatively healthy, financially secure, and professionally accomplished. What are the implications this new Life/Career Map for individuals, communities and for our species?
  • What is the connection between undergraduate programs and degrees in our traditional colleges and universities and the opportunities and demands for a culture of lifelong learning?
  • How do we help individuals and organizations take advantage of the power of computers and communications to individualize and personalize their learning over their lives?
  • How can the University Teaching Project and the Studio for Teaching and Learning Innovation respond to these changes in the workforce, technology and resources for lifelong learning in a way that better position our students to be successful.

A Little About My Educational Background

I jointed the SOE faculty full-time after 15 years as a senior technology manager at William and Mary and 14 years as Director of the Career Center at Hamilton College.  I completed an AB degree at Hamilton and my MS and EdD degrees at Syracuse University – staying way longer in the snow belt of upstate New York than any rational person should have.  After finishing my doctorate at SU, I taught in graduate programs in Adult Education at Syracuse University and Elmira College.

Before moving to the School of Education in a full-time faculty position, I worked as the Director of Communications and Organizational Development and Director of Academic Information Services for the IT organization and as Director of University of E-Learning Initiatives for the College of William and Mary.  During my time as director of University E-Learning Initiatives, I set up shop on the 3rd floor of the Mason School of Business and spent the better part of a year working with faculty and staff on planning and launching the online MBA program.

First Hand Exploration of Old Age

At this stage in my life, I’m also learning more than I want to about topics such as osteoarthritis, atrial fibrillation and dealing with the aftermath of total knee replacement.  Janna and I spend our summers at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York where a number of other old timers gather for good music, good conversation and, hopefully, a little less humidity than we have in Virginia during the summer.