- Executive Director of the Honors College at Southern Oregon University from June 2013to present. (http://honorscollege.sou.edu/)
- Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute at the University of SaintMary from July 2010 to June 2013. Served concurrently in the Coordinator, Chair, andProfessor positions below. (http://stmary.edu/Global-Studies.aspx)
- Coordinator of the First Year Seminars at the University of Saint Mary from July 2011 toJune 2013.
- Chair of the Department of History, Political Science, and Global Studies at theUniversity of Saint Mary from July 2006 to June 2013.
- Professor of History and Global Studies (tenured) at the University of Saint Mary inLeavenworth, Kansas, from July 2003 to June 2013. (http://www.stmary.edu)
- Adjunct Professor of History at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and also GracelandUniversity in Lamoni, Iowa, from July 1995 to June 2003. (http://www.park.edu/ andhttp://www.graceland.edu/)
- University of Missouri – Kansas City: Doctor of Philosophy in History.Dissertation: Historical Amnesia: Corporate Identity and Collective Memory in theReorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, 1915-2001. Under the directionof Dissertation Committee Chairperson, Dr. Gary Ebersole, this research earned the MormonHistory Association’s Gerald E. Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award.
- University of Missouri – Columbia: Master of Arts in History. Under the direction ofMaster’s Thesis Committee Chairperson, Dr. Susan Flader. Worked as a Teaching Assistantin History for Dr. Steven Watts and Dr. Kirby Miller.
- University of Missouri – Kansas City: Bachelor of Arts in History.
- State of Nevada – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation (http://nvshpo.org/). A summer internship researching and documentingarchival and field resources on irrigation and reclamation in the state.
- Miller-Nichols Library – University of Missouri at Kansas City (http://library.umkc.edu/). Ayearlong internship in Federal Government Archives.
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
- President-Elect of the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) for 2016-2017.
- National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Major Scholarship Committee Member, from2016 through 2018.
- National Collegiate Honors Council Teaching and Learning Committee Member, from 2016 through 2018.
- National Collegiate Honors Council’s NCHC Fellow Nominee, 2016.
- President of the Southern Oregon University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National HonorsSociety, 2016 to Present.
- Executive Secretary of the John Whitmer Historical Association, 2003 to 2005.
- Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Western Regional Honors Council, International Studies Association, Global Studies Association, International Relations Council, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, and UMKC Alumni Association.
- Rotary International (District 5110) – Ashland, Oregon.
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING
- Southern Oregon University training workshops and seminars in Emergency Preparedness, Harassment Prevention, Ally, and Human Resource Issues (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Worker’s Compensation, I-9s, Title IX, SOU Search Committee Chair Training, etc.).
- Covey Leadership Center (http://www.franklincovey.com/tc/): “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” “Principle Centered Leadership,” and “First Things First.”
- Skillpath Seminars (http://www.skillpathseminars.com): “Excelling as a Highly Effective Team Leader,” “Team Building Skills for Managers and Supervisors,” and “Managing Multiple Projects and Priorities.”
- Rotary International – Rotary Leadership Institute Training (2016) and President Elect Training Seminar (2017).
- Clifton Strengths Finder: Strategic, Input, Connectedness, Learner, and Maximizer
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: INTJ
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT/DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
- Created and managed university budgets, with multiple sub-accounts for four academic programs, each in sequence with greater financial responsibility (University of Saint Mary First Year Seminar Program; USM Department of History, Political Science, and Global Studies; Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute; and the Honors College at Southern Oregon University). The SOU Honors College budgets included line items for faculty and staff compensation (salary and benefits), facilities, supplies/services, and student activities.
- Worked closely with the SOU Foundation (http://soufoundation.org/) to develop major gifts, in support of the Honors College’s annual scholarships. These include the $100,000.00 Olsrud Kids-Unlimited Scholarship, $50,000.00 DeBoer Family Grant, $50,000.00 U.S. Bank Scholarship Grant, $50,000.00 Moss Adams Grant, $43,000.00 Lansburgh Scholarship, and $25,000.00 Koenig Scholarship.
- Primary author of the $50,000.00 grant proposal to U.S. Bank in support of Honors College student scholarships, the $49,600.00 grant proposal to the Carrico Family Foundation in support of the Democracy Project (not yet announced).
- Responsible for securing a $14,000 grant from Rotary’s World Community Service in support of the Democracy Project.
- Participation in securing $1,350,000.00 endowment from the Lawrence D. Starr Estate for the Global Studies Institute at the University of Saint Mary.
- As a college sophomore, raised $17,500.00 by organizing “Trek For Africa” for comprehensive human-development projects in Africa, sponsored by Outreach International (http://outreach-international.org/).
- Wrote and secured a WaterLink / Environmental Protection Agency grant of $6,500 for “Bioretention Cell Creation” (http://www.k-state.edu/waterlink/USM.html).
- Co-wrote the Kansas Campus Compact Grant for “Kansas Day: 150 Years of Kansas History.”
Responsibilities as Southern Oregon University Honors College Executive Director
Southern Oregon University launched its Honors College in 2013 under my leadership. Each of the Honors College students receives tuition scholarships, actively participates in designated co-curricular activities, and is required to maintain rigorous academic standards. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I am the senior academic and administrative officer of the Honors College, responsible for providing the leadership and vision necessary for setting strategic, operational, and financial directions.
Based on the official position description for the Honors College Executive Director at Southern Oregon University, my job duties include:
- Coordination with the external community to develop meaningful mentor relationships, internships, and other practical learning experiences. 20% of Total Time
- Development of external resources through grant writing and fund raising to support university initiatives. 15% of Total Time
- Marketing and student recruitment. 15% of Total Time
- Coordination of faculty and staff resources and assignments. 15% of Total Time
- Planning, curricular development, policy development, and learning assessment. 10% of Total Time
- Student advising and retention actions. 10% of Total Time
- Other activities as assigned. May include teaching. 10% of Total Time
- Budget planning and monitoring. 5% of Total Time
For the past four years, I executed these responsibilities through the following achievements:
o Coordination with the external community to develop meaningful mentor relationships, internships, and other practical learning experiences.
o Organizing and hosting Crisis in Kashmir: Negotiating a Democratic Solution in 2016 and Seeking Refuge: The Syrian Refugee Crisis in 2017. As part of SOU’s Democracy Project, the purpose of these symposiums was to bring together diverse university and high-school students, along with interested community partners, to expand their knowledge and understanding of global issues. They applied critical-thinking skills by negotiating current complex problems that affect the lives of people around the world.
o Directing student participation in National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) conferences, leading to the SOU hosting of the WRHC Conference in 2017. This includes reviewing research, assisting in the writing of abstracts and proposals, and supervising students at conferences.
o Partnered with the Rotary Club of Ashland to organize and host Ashland Reads, an event in which all first-grade students in Ashland visited the SOU campus and were provided a hard-copy version of their favorite book, to promote literacy and life-long learning.
o Supervising all aspects of SOU’s unique “Community Partner Mentor Program,” in which each Honors College student is matched with a successful community mentor in the student’s area of professional interest. This includes recruiting mentors, pairing students with mentors, monitoring mentorship progress, and evaluating the program.
o Promoting a climate within the Honors College and the university in which excellence and creativity are recognized and fostered, including oversight of the university’s support of students in co-curricular activities, including:
Organizing orientation activities, including Honors Outdoor Adventure (ziplining and whitewater rafting), the Honors Scavenger Hunt, and Honors Peer-Mentoring
Organizing and sponsoring the annual President’s Honors Reception
Organizing and sponsoring the annual Campus Theme Poetry Contest and the Annual Poetry Slam
Organizing the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Patrols (four per year) with the OregonDepartment of Transportation
Organizing field trips and site visits to regional businesses and community partners,including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Britt Music Festival, Harry and David’s,Carestream, Kids Unlimited, Ashland New Plays Festival, Rogue CommunityCollege, and Sanctuary One Animal Rescue Farm
Taking Honors College scholars to SOU Plays (one each term) and organizingTalkback Sessions with casts and crews of these plays
Organizing and hosting What Matters?, an informal discussion group focusing ontopics that matter to students, ranging from gender-based confidence disparity to theeffects of global warming on water resources
Organizing and hosting “wood lot days” with the Jackson County Fuel Committee
Organizing and hosting Democracy Project meetings (two per term)
Organizing the annual Crater Lake Snowshoeing and Ecology Discussions with theHonors Program students from Oregon Institute of Technology
Co-organizing annual Susanne Homes Hall Clean-Up Days
Hosting the annual Quiz Bash (as a part of Southern Oregon Arts and Research)
Organizing the annual SWIPE food-packaging event (250,000+ meal packets)
Organizing annual visits to Oregon State University Honors College Senior ThesisPresentations
Organizing Oregon Humanities Council Presentations and Americans By Choice
Organizing the annual Honors Student Breakfast and Mentor Recognition Dinner
oPromoting study abroad programs, and facilitating travel-abroad opportunities, includingserving as the Field Director for 19 SOU students to Europe in 2016, 12 SOU students toIndia in 2015, and 13 SOU students to Guatemala for a two-week service trip inpartnership with SOU’s Civic Engagement Office and Community Partner De la Gente.
oPromoting undergraduate research projects for academic conference presentation orpublication, including Southern Oregon Arts and Research (SOAR).
oWriting letters of recommendation for students’ scholarships and summer internships.
oAssigning and evaluating Pick and Choose Activities each term.
oAssigning, coordinating, and evaluating Take the Lead Projects.
oArranging for career-preparation workshops for students in the areas of resume creation,cover-letter writing, and interviewing.
Development of external resources through grant writing and fund raising to supportuniversity initiatives.
oParticipating actively in development activities and assisting in fund-raising efforts forthe Honors College coordinated by the SOU Foundation.
oFrequently meeting with donors and potential donors, and arranging for studentinteraction with community partners and potential donors.
oWriting external grants for student scholarships.
oParticipating in fund-raising initiatives for student projects and travel opportunities.
Marketing and student recruitment.
oOrganizing and chairing the Honors College Admissions Committee, and workingclosely with the SOU Director of Admissions to identify, recruit, and admit academicallytalented and highly motivated students, including both freshmen and transfer students, tothe university and to award scholarships.
oWorking closely with the SOU Director of Admissions to recruit students to SOU whoapplied but were not admitted to the Honors College.
oParticipating in Preview Days to meet with prospective students and their parents.
oContacting every high-school guidance counselor in the region on a regular basis to discuss and promote the SOU Honors College.
o Talking to every potential Honors student (and his or her parents) visiting campus.
o Arranging for campus tours for interested visiting students and their parents with Admissions; arranging for current Honors College Scholars to meet with potential students and taking them to an Honors class.
o Regularly visiting regional high schools with a team of Honors College scholars to promote the Honors College and encourage recruitment of diverse students to SOU.
o Reviewing the Honors College website and Honors College printed materials, and revising the content as needed, including the creation of new brochures featuring Honors College Scholars and their experiences, stories, and perceptions.
o Serving as administrator for the Honors College social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Word Press Blog).
o Fostering diversity among honors students, particularly recruitment and retention of first-generation students, international students, ethnic/racial minorities, rural students, non-traditional students, and military veterans.
Coordination of faculty and staff resources and assignments.
o Establishing and directing the Honors College Advisory Council (HCAC).
o Supervising and evaluating Honors College staff members and student workers.
o Overseeing and developing the Honors College offices and student spaces (including the “Athena Mural,” “Fishbowl AV Nook,” pianos, recreation area, kitchen, and student portraits and artwork).
o Reviewing FERPA and FMLA information with staff.
o Developing Emergency Protocols appropriate for Susanne Homes Hall and in compliance with SOU Emergency Policies and Procedures.
o Reviewing Emergency Protocol Information with staff and students.
o Forging and maintaining collaborative partnerships with Division Directors and Program Chairpersons to identify and select honors faculty.
o Recruiting qualified faculty members to teach Honors College courses.
o Negotiating Equivalent Load Unit (ELU) incentives with faculty.
Planning, curricular development, policy development, and learning assessment.
o Chairing the Honors College Advisory Council for quarterly meetings.
o Creating the academic-year Honors College calendar of events and activities, and creating the corresponding budget.
o Chairing the Honors College Curriculum Committee.
o Managing the overall quality and future directions of the Honors curriculum.
o Writing new course proposals for Curriculum Committee / Faculty Senate approval.
o Reviewing course syllabi, and implementing revisions as needed.
o Reviewing application proposals for new honors courses.
o Frequently visiting honors classes, and filling in as a guest instructor as needed.
o Proposing and organizing “Teaching Triangles,” to encourage faculty collaboration.
o Working with Enrollment Services to schedule and code Honors College courses.
o Reviewing Honors College faculty course evaluations.
o Periodically reviewing student assignments and submitted work or oral presentations, to ensure alignment to program learning goals and university mission.
o Developing the structure of assessment and evaluation for the Honors College curriculum, aligning to university learning outcomes, in accordance with Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and entering TracDat data.
o Developing and administering a standardized course evaluation for Honors courses.
oReviewing the grade-point averages of Honors Scholars on a quarterly basis.
o Aggregating and analyzing assessment data for Honors College courses, faculty, and students in light of program and university learning outcomes, in accordance with NWCCU accreditation standards, and taking appropriate action based on analysis.
o Fostering diversity among faculty in terms of gender, ethnicity, and academic discipline.
o Assisting Honors Program students in the “phase out” of the SOU honors program.
o Establishing and maintaining processes and procedures for the Honors College, including writing and updating the Honors College Student Handbook, and disseminating this information to students electronically.
o Developing an articulation agreement with Lane Community College Honors Program to attract applicants to SOU from LCC’s Honors Program, and initiating similar articulation agreements with additional community colleges, such as Rogue, Umpqua, and Klamath Community Colleges.
o Arranging for the creation of student electronic portfolios in Mahara and iWeb.
o Developing a policy for potential scheduling conflicts and other groups/entities on campus, such as athletics and the performing arts.
o Developing a policy for possible re-entry in Honors, if dismissed for academics.
o Executing disciplinary action as required including academic probation in, and dismissal from, the Honors College.
Student advising and retention actions.
o Participating in Raider Registration Days (ROARs) to enroll incoming students.
o Directing the mentoring and academic advising of Honors College students (at least once each term during their freshman year).
o Establishing “Individual Education Plans” (IEP) for students on academic probation.
o Meeting regularly with students on academic probation as part of their IEPs.
o Maintaining an open-door policy where students can talk to me about anything.
o Assisting in the establishment of the Honors College Peer Mentor Program, which pairs current students with incoming students to assist in the transition to college.
o Maintaining a high level of cooperation and collaboration among members of each cohort and among Honors College students as a whole, sustaining a significantly higher level of retention (93%) than the SOU average (68%).
Other activities as assigned, which may include teaching.
o Articulating a clear vision for Honors education and providing leadership to realize it.
o Meeting with each SOU Division Director to ensure Honors education is understood.
o Serving on the Provost’s Advisory Council, representing the interests and advocating on behalf of the Honors College for internal audiences.
o Initiating contact and creating working alliances with the honors deans and directors of Oregon’s seven public universities, to promote state-wide honors scholar interaction and collaboration, including the “Oregon Honors Conference.”
o Preparing and teaching HON 301: Leadership Through Historical and Contemporary Figures once a year, HON 317: The American Century, and co-teaching HON 490: Honors College Capstone.
Budget planning and monitoring.
o Creating Honors College budgets, monitoring expenses, and approving expenditures.
Responsibilities as Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute
Recruited members (faculty, staff, students, and community partners) to serve on the GSI Advisory Board, Chair the GSI Advisory Board, and supervised all duties related to quarterly meetings.
Established an academic year calendar of events, determined which projects and activities to undertake, chose the forum for each event, secured speakers or other participants as applicable, and determined advertising and promotion strategies.
Worked in tandem with the USM Marketing Department to create the necessary marketing materials for GSI events, such as e-mails, social media postings, posters, brochures, fliers, copy for press releases, and other advertising.
Worked with the USM Admissions and Enrollment Office to attract diverse students to the university and determined who might be eligible for the GSI-related scholarships.
Reserved facilities, and arranged for the organization and set-up of event venues, such as auditoriums, lecture halls, and conference rooms.
Maximized GSI’s influence as an educational resource for the community, while involving as many USM community members as possible (in all disciplines and on both USM campuses) in internationally focused projects and activities.
Frequently reiterated and explained the mission, vision, and work of GSI to university staff, faculty and students, as well as community partners and the media/press.
Coordinated with community partners to involve students, staff, and faculty members in internationally focused activities and events off the USM campuses, and to engaged community partners in internationally focused activities and events on the USM campuses.
Assisted and promoted on-campus globally focused organizations (i.e. Multi-Cultural Club).
Promoted and enhanced the Global Studies major and foreign-language education at USM.
Successfully managed the GSI annual budget, while seeking to increase GSI resources through securing financial grants and other external funding.
Organized USM-sponsored international travel groups, and promoted internationally focused academic conferences such as the International Studies Association.
Supervised the USM Study-Abroad Program by assisting students wishing to study abroad. This included: finding appropriate international universities and programs; working with USM’s Financial Aid Office to determine costs; coordinating with the students’ advisors to determine educational requirements; coordinating with the USM Registrar’s Office to arrange for course transferability; assisting in trip preparation requirements, and collecting/storing/analyzing evaluation data on USM study-abroad experiences.
Provided a program, in cooperation with the university’s Admissions Department, for attracting and retaining international students, including support mechanisms for these students at USM such as ESL courses, the Multi-Cultural Club, and host families.
Wrote and served as the principal editor for The Starr Report, the end-of-year publication summarizing GSI’s activities during the academic year.
Managed and edited content for the GSI website and social-media pages, to ensure visual appeal, information accuracy, and timely updates.
Promoted the Fulbright Scholarship Program, JET, Peace Corps, and other international programs, to assist students in applying for such programs and presenting themselves to advantage.
Supervised the administration of the GSI Office, to include hiring and supervising the work of other GSI staff, including graduate assistants, work-study students, and interns.
Responsibilities as Department Chair at the University of Saint Mary
Served on the Academic Leadership Council (ALC), attended ALC meetings, and communicated ALC information to department faculty members.
Represented the interests of the department at all levels, and represented the various interests and policies of the university at the department level.
Planned, developed, and evaluated departmental curricular revisions.
Managed departmental budget(s) and approved all expenditures.
Provided opportunities for research among department faculty and encouraged academic publications and academic conference presentations.
Supervised faculty, and wrote annual evaluations of non-tenured faculty.
Observed classroom teaching and provided professional development for faculty.
Attended to personnel and human-resource related issues (FMLA and ADA).
Recruited, hired, fired, coached, and managed adjunct faculty.
Supervised the duties, performance, and hours worked of graduate assistants, and work-study students.
Created the schedule of courses offered each semester.
Promoted international travel and study, civic engagement, and service learning.
Reviewed and approved or denied requests for independent-study courses, and teacher education program applications.
Served as the first level of appeal for students unable to reach agreement with a departmental faculty member over grades or other classroom issues.
Provided advice about university policies and procedures internally and externally.
Set departmental meeting times and took the lead on setting the agenda.
In partnership with the USM Admissions Office, met with potential incoming students and their parents, for the Honors Program and for the department.
Advised students majoring in one of the department’s programs (History, Political Science, or Global Studies).
Promoted the use of technology in the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards and immediate electronic response (clickers), online and proprietary computer-based platforms including Moodle, Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, Angel, Engage, and Janzabar EX, and technology systems outside the classroom such as Google Calendar and Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, iWeb, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, Trello, and TracDat.
Please see the article on the Department of History, Political Science, Global Studies in the Winter 2011 Aspire, the magazine of the University of Saint Mary, at http://stmary.edu/StMary/files/47/479e6b01-9e78-4763-b9cf-b8dafaf220a6.pdf
• USM Academic Committees
Academic Leadership Council, Honors Committee, First Year Experience Faculty Coordinator, Campus Sponsor/Director of Phi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society), Lincoln Lecture Committee - Organizer of the Annual Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Teacher Education Committee, Americans By Choice Exhibit Committee, University Mission Council, Ancilla Student Service Award Committee, Service Learning Advisory Board, Sullivan Award Committee for Teaching Excellence, Freshman Orientation Committee, Teaching Triangles, and served on (or chaired) many search committees for new faculty.
Academic and Administrative Distinctions and Honors
President-Elect of the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) for 2016-2017.
National Collegiate Honors Council NCHC Fellow Nominee, 2016.
National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Major Scholarship Committee Member,
from 2016 through 2018.
National Collegiate Honors Council Teaching and Learning Committee Member, from 2016 through 2018.
Elected as President for the SOU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Identified by the Southern Oregon University Assessment Committee as the author of an “Exemplary Academic-Program Evaluation Report.” In 2016, five of the university’s program evaluation reports were identified as “exemplary” out of forty program assessment evaluations submitted.
Awarded the “Gerald E. Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award” by the Mormon History Association at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada in 2012), with an accompany honorarium.
Awarded the “Sullivan Award for Teaching Excellence” in 2006. This is the University of Saint Mary’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award as chosen by the faculty, staff, and students, with an accompanying $1,000 honorarium. Won again in 2012, but declined the honor.
Served as Executive Secretary of the John Whitmer Historical Association, 2003 to 2005.
Served as a Board Examiner for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 2007.
Served on the Kansas State Department of Education’s “Licensure Standards Revision Committee,” creating new statewide education standards in Social Studies, History, and Government for the State of Kansas in 2013.
Served as a Program Reviewer in History and Government for the Kansas State Department of Education from 2007 to 2013, writing two of USM’s Program Reports for KSDE.
Served as College Board Advanced Placement Reader from 2010 to 2013
Served as the USM Advanced Placement and High School Dual-Credit Faculty Coordinator from 2005 to 2013.
Taught 23 courses (on campus and online) in U.S. history, world history, human
geography, cultural anthropology, and Honors, including 11 new and original courses.
Chosen as the Faculty Guide for thirteen students to direct a two-week educational service trip to Guatemala, working with community partner De la Gente in June 2014.
As the Teacher Escort for the Independence-Higashimurayama Sister-City Exchange, directed nine students to Japan in July 2012, and served as a member of the Japanese Sister City Committee.
Primary author and editor of:
The Starr Report 2013, Starr Report 2012, and Starr Report 2011
The GSI website http://stmary.edu/Global-Studies.aspx
The GSI and HIPSGS Department Facebook pages.
Served as the Humanities Research and Script Consultant and Panel Discussion Facilitator for production and public presentation of the documentary “The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and A Neighbor,” (November 2008), made possible by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, in cooperation with the Lansing Kansas Historical Museum. The documentary is online in two parts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yWJuShYbws and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj1SKYuPuGU
As Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute, created or organized: Quiz Bash, six of the High School Global Human Rights Conferences, “Project We” International Student Dialog, the Starr Global Studies Honors Seminar Awards, Global Studies in the Classroom Grants, the Light of Saint Vincent de Paul Poetry Contests, Living the Mission International Weeklies, the Global Future Program, the September 11th Ten-Year Anniversary Panel Discussion, the annual State Wide Packaging Events or “SWIPE,” (which created over 20,000 food packets each year to help alleviate hunger in Africa), and over a dozen Brownbag Lunch Lectures on topics ranging from cyber terrorism to international service learning, from immigration to comparative international education systems, and African Diaspora to the globalization of beer.
Coordinated USM’s Study-Abroad program, and assisted students in applications for the Fulbright International Educational Exchange Program, JET, Peace Corps, and U.S. State Department Foreign Service.
Served as organizer and supervisor of various domestic and international field trips including: Democracy Project to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic (2016), Democracy Project to India (2015), De la Gente to Guatemala (2014), Global Studies Association Conference (Victoria, BC in 2012), International Studies Association Conferences (Montreal and St. Louis in 2011 and 2012), Moscow (2009), Tokyo (2008, and 2012), International Studies Association Conference (San Diego 2006), and Our Nation’s Capital (Washington D.C in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2014), as well as local field trips included the Truman Museum and Library, National Frontier Trails Museum, Steamboat Arabia, Frontier Army Museum and Buffalo Soldier Monument on Fort Leavenworth, and the World War I Memorial and Museum.
Served as the University of Saint Mary Faculty Athletic Representative for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference from 2005 to 2008.
Recipient of the PROCLAMATION OF DISTINCTION in 1987 from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Richard Berkley for originating, organizing, and participating in the 1,382 mile “TREK FOR AFRICA,” a fund-raising effort sponsored by the Kansas City Mayor’s Task Force on Hunger and Outreach International. This project raised $17,000 for comprehensive human-development projects in Africa.
• Software Proficiency
Data Management and Presentation: PeopleSoft, Banner, Google Calendar and Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, GoToMeeting, iWeb, Lucidchart, the Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word), Prezi, QuickBooks, SOU Connect, TracDat, and Trello.
Online Course Platforms: Angel, Blackboard, eCollege, Engage, Janzabar EX, Moodle/Mahara, and WebCT.
Surveys and Polls: Doodle, Google Forms, Qualtrics, and SurveyMonkey.
Publications and Academic Presentations
Various publications and dozens of academic presentations over many years on the topics of Honors Education, American Identity, American Popular Culture in the Twentieth Century, Religious History, Environmental History, Water in the American West, History of the State of Kansas, World War I, President Harry S. Truman, and Global Perspectives in College Curriculum and Pedagogy. Reviewer of multiple textbooks and monographs.
Wrote “Encouraging Global Citizenship Through International Travel.” published in the Ashland Daily Tidings, September 27, 2016, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20160927/encouraging-global-citizenship-through-international-travel. This was the first of seven weekly reflections and impressions from Europe; I edited the following “dispatches,” which were written by my students, joined in some cases with participating faculty members, who joined me on the trip to Europe. These were all published in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
“Dispatch from Europe: The Architecture of a Modern Crisis,” by Samara Diab and Dr. Lee Ayers, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161005/dispatch-from-europe-architecture-of-modern-crisis - October 5, 2016.
“Dispatches from Europe: What Americans Can Learn From Europeans,” by Cole Barnes and Dr. Bill Gholson, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161014/dispatch-from-europe-what-americans-can-learn-from-europeans - October 14, 2016.
“Dispatches from Europe: Both Switzerland and Oregon Practice Direct Democracy,” by Brynne Webb, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161021/dispatches-from-europe-both-switzerland-and-oregon-practice-direct-democracy October 21, 2016.
“Dispatches from Europe: Youth Participation in Democracy in an Age of Social Media,” by Micaela Saling, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161025/dispatches-from-europe-youth-participation-in-democracy-in-age-of-social-media - October 25, 2016.
“Dispatches from Europe: From Homemaking to Policy Making – European Women in Political Leadership Roles,” by Dylann Loverro, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161103/from-homemaking-to-policy-making-european-women-in-political-leadership-roles - November 3, 2016.
“Dispatches from Europe: Science, Democracy, and Citizenship Can Work Together,” by Sara Antonuccio and Dr. Prakash Chenjeri, http://www.dailytidings.com/news/20161113/dispatches-from-europe-science-democracy-and-citizenship-can-work-together - November 13, 2016.
Co-presented “Students Transforming Themselves From Learners Into Leaders,” with SOU Honors College students Haley Eck, Mariah Roley, and Micaela Saling at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Seattle, Washington, in October 2016.
Served as a Poster Session Judge at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Seattle, Washington, in October 2016.
Co-presented “Building an Ideal Community: Motivations for the Creation and Structure of the Honors College at Southern Oregon University,” with Dr. Prakash Chenjeri at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Riverside, California, in April 2016.
Served as a Poster Session Judge in the Humanities at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Riverside, California, in April 2016.
Presented “Engaging Honors Students in Cross-Cultural Democratic Leadership,” at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November 2015.
Presented as a member of the “Developing in Honors Panel: Incorporating Service-Learning into the Honors Experience,” at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November 2015.
Served as a Poster Session Judge for “Social Sciences: History,” at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in November 2015.
Co-wrote “The Democracy Project at SOU: An Opportunity for Learning and Leadership” with Dr. Prakash Chenjeri” published in the Ashland Daily Tidings, September 9, 2015. See http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150910/NEWS/150919960
This was the first of six weekly reflections and impressions from India; I edited the following five “dispatches,” which were written by my students who joined me on the trip to India. These were all published in the Ashland Daily Tidings.
“What India can learn from us, and what we can learn from India” by Heather Buchanan and Giovani Velasco http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150917/NEWS/150919833
September 17, 2015.
“Urbanization in India transforms a society” by Ben Barnes and Bri Morgan
http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150925/NEWS/150929882 September 25, 2015.
“Reflections of an eclectic society through cultural expressions” by Sarah Glasgow and Carolina Stevens http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150910/NEWS/151009960 October 1, 2015
“Promoting global citizenship through international travel” by Leslie Nuckoles and Micaela Saling http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150917/NEWS/151019973 October 8, 2015.
“The status and roles of women in India” by Emily Miller-Francisco http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20150925/NEWS/151019875 October 15, 2015.
Co-presented “Engaging Honors Students in Leadership and the Promotion of Democracy,” at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Reno, Nevada, in April 2015.
Co-presented “Building Bridges, Destroying Walls: Creating Honors Partnerships on Multiple Levels,” at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Denver, Colorado, in November 2014.
Served as a Poster Session Judge for “Pedagogy and Education,” at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Denver, Colorado, in November 2014.
Reviewed The Journey of a People: The Era of Reorganization, 1844 to 1946 by Mark A. Scherer (Community of Christ Seminary Press, Independence, Missouri, 2013) in the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Volume 34, Number 1, September 2014.
Co-presented at the poster session for the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Denver, Colorado, in April 2014, with Oregon Institute of Technology Honors Director Dr. Mark Clark, on a jointly sponsored snowshoeing event at Crater Lake National Park.
Presented “Expanding Human Rights and American Identity,” at the Multicultural Resources Center’s Social Justice Conference at SOU in January 2014.
Co-presented “Increasing Student Retention Through Learning Community Cohorts: The Honors College and House System,” with SOU’s College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, Dr. Karen Stone, at the Student Success and Retention Conference, in Portland, Oregon, in February 2014.
Edited and wrote a majority of the articles in the 2013, 2012, and 2011 Starr Report.
Served as a Session Chair and Discussant for every Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference annually from 2004 to 2013.
Gave a presentation at the Fort Leavenworth Frontier Army Museum titled, “Historical Amnesia: One Denomination’s Struggle With the Value and Validity of Its Own History,” in August 2012.
Gave a presentation titled, “The Pedagogy of Human Rights,” at the Global Studies Association Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, in May 2012.
Gave a presentation to Delta Epsilon Sigma NHS titled, “A Part From Or Apart Of?: Expanding Rights In American History,” in Leavenworth, Kansas, in September 2011.
Reviewed A History of World Societies by McKay et al., for Bedford – St. Martin’s Press, in July 2011.
Directed the “Kansas Day: 150 Years of Kansas History Project,” in coordination with the Lansing Kansas Historical Museum (LHM), after securing a grant from the Kansas Campus Compact in 2010. This included giving a lecture titled, “Ad Astra Per Aspera: A Personal Reflection on 150 Years of Kansas History,” at the LHM in January 2011.
Gave a presentation titled, “Unity Out Of Division,” for the Sons of the American Revolution, in Lansing, Kansas, in June 2009.
Served as the Humanities Research and Script Consultant and Panel Discussion Facilitator for production and public presentation of the documentary “The Kansas State Penitentiary: An Institution and A Neighbor,” in November 2008. This documentary and the corresponding panel discussion were made possible by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, in cooperation with the Lansing Kansas Historical Museum. The documentary is online in two parts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yWJuShYbws / - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj1SKYuPuGU)
Reviewed Gary Clayton Anderson’s updated The Changing West in the History of America for Pearson Longman Press prior to publication, in October, 2006.
Gave a presentation titled, “Collective Religious Identity,” at the John Whitmer Historical Association Conference, in Springfield, Illinois, in October 2005.
Served as Discussion Facilitator for the six-film series titled “World War I: America Becomes a World Power.” This series, hosted by Delta Epsilon Sigma, was made possible by being awarded a grant from the National Video Resources and the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with the American Library Association. Held at the DePaul Library, University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas, from September 2005 to May 2006.
Gave a presentation titled, “A Question of History, Identity, and Mission: The Struggle for Historic Site Preservation in the Community of Christ,” at the Mormon History Association Conference in Provo, Utah in May 2004.
Presented at the Mormon History Association Conference in Kirtland, Ohio in May 2003.
Commentator for a concurrent session of the John Whitmer Historical Association annual conference in Nauvoo, Illinois, in September 2002.
McGill’s Ready Reference Encyclopedia of Native Americans, by Salem Press: wrote two entries, “Yana,” and “Makah & Ozette,” 1994.
Let Contention Cease: The Dynamics of Dissent, edited by Roger Launius and W.B. Spillman: I wrote the chapter titled, “Supreme Directional Control: Theocracy Versus Democracy in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1915 to 1925,” Graceland Park Press, 1991.
The Nevada State Comprehensive Preservation Plan, edited by William White and Ronald James: I wrote the chapter titled, “History of the Irrigation and Reclamation Projects in the State of Nevada,” 1991.
The SDC Controversies of the 1920s in the RLDS Church, a paper given at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference - William Woods College, 1988.
A Centennial Tribute to Harry S. Truman, edited by Mark Scherer: I wrote the chapter titled, “Captain Harry’s Battery D,” 1984.
• ACHIEVEMENTS BEFORE ACADEME
As Senior Human Capital Consultant with Human Resources Dimensions, from 1990 to 1995, I directed a staff of up to 8 direct reports, and was responsible for employee training, employee performance evaluations, advertising initiatives, and budgeting. I controlled business development initiatives with high-level clients. My 1995 individual efforts resulted in 19 placements and $247,763.60 in commission.
Recipient of the PROCLAMATION OF DISTINCTION in 1987 from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Richard Berkley for originating, organizing, and participating in the 1,382 mile “TREK FOR AFRICA,” a fund-raising effort sponsored by the Kansas City Mayor’s Task Force on Hunger and Outreach International. This project raised $17,000 for comprehensive human-development projects in Africa.
Activities at Harry S. Truman High School in Independence, Missouri, included Eagle Scout, Student Council President, Junior Class President, Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, Boys State, National Honor Society, Concert Choir, Trutones Chamber Choir (#1 Ranking in Missouri State Vocal Competition in 1984), Debate and Forensics, Theatre (outstanding “bit actor” in 1983), Basketball, and Track and Field (200 and 400 meter races and 800 and 1600 meter relays).
• FAMILY AND INTERESTS
My wife Wendy and I have two daughters (Melanie and Stephanie), two grandchildren (Evan and Shaylen), and a dog named Foster.
My personal areas of interest include:
Leadership, Identity, and Organizational Development
International Travel (22 countries, including Japan 5 times)
Creative Travel Writing
Outdoor Recreation and Photography
History of Twentieth Century American Popular Culture