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I’ve just retired after 22 years at William & Mary, serving most recently as Executive Professor of Higher Education and a faculty fellow at the Center for Innovation in Learning Design (CILD) at the School of Education.  I spent 2018-19 as Executive Professor in Residence at Swem Library and was coordinator of the University Teaching and Learning Project during 2019-20–until the pandemic hit.

Right now I’m defining myself as an independent researcher and professor emeritus, using this site as a way of exploring and communicating my emerging interests. Techfoot has been around for a while and has gone through more lives than any cat. Even though I am fully “retired”, I still have a fair number of academic interests and areas that I want to explore.

  1. What is the future of retirement in a post-pandemic world?
  2. How will robotics and artificial intelligence shape the future of work?
  3. How do we help learners at all levels become more creative and effective in directing their own learning?
  4. How can I use my Mac, iPad and iPhone to become more productive and effective?

A Little About My Educational Background

I jointed the School of Education 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.

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 have spent our last 6 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. There won’t be any face-to-face season this summer and we are grieving the loss.