Dissertation Published!

I am excited to announce that after more than a year of planning, research, and writing, my doctoral dissertation has been published!  Teacher as Leader: A Gestalt Pedagogical Approach to Career and Technical Programs in Postsecondary Education AbstractCommunity colleges and career and technical education programs offer incredible opportunities for a wide range of students. Faculty members in these learning communities deploy different instructional strategies in an effort to reach students of all ages most effectively, experience levels, educational backgrounds, and socioeconomic classes. The purpose of this qualitative dissertation in practice was to explore how instructors in postsecondary career and technical education programs deploy instructional strategies that align with the theoretical frameworks of Gestalt pedagogy and organizational development. The aim of this research was to develop philosophical and practical recommendations for…
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Doodle!

Well, it's back to school time, and that means more meetings, advising sessions, and committee work! This year, I've decided to give the Doodle scheduler a try.  I hope that it will provide a quick and easy way for students and colleagues to see my schedule, and request meetings.  If any readers have tips or ideas for making this tool a more effective part of the day-to-day, I'd love to hear about them in the comments.  Thanks! If you're looking for my doodle page, here it is. For all those headed back to school this semester, good luck!
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My entrée into the world of type design and font creation

This week, I began working through preparations for my Autumn semester classes, one of which is Typography.  I'm very excited to teach this course, as I haven't done it in white a while... though it's also a bit nerve wracking because I feel a bit rusty on all the technicals. One project that I will work on this coming term is the creation of a custom font.  I'm still working through all of the details, and I welcome any suggestions you might have for implementing such a project.  I believe that this project (and several accompanying projects) will help students develop a serious, hands-on grasp of not only type as an art form, but type as a technical process as well. As a part of this project, I've created my…
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Ongoing Research: The Color Timer Method

The Color-Timer Method: Exploring the Use of a Visual Timekeeping Application in Introductory Public Speaking Classes* I have developed and am testing a new, color-based timing device for use in public speaking classrooms. My co-investigators and I conducted an exploratory study to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool as a means of reducing public speaking anxiety, improving student performance, and improving time management during formal speeches. The study was conducted at a small nursing college in Ohio where student participants (n=106) used the color-timer during a speech and then completed a short opinion survey. Broadly, students found the timer to be reasonably accurate, not distracting, and more helpful than harmful with regard to anxiety and performance. Practical implications for using the color-timer are outlined. Additionally, directions for future, more controlled,…
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SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet – Published This Week

I am honored to have had the opportunity to publish two entries in the recently published SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet.  The work is a comprehensive survey of many different internet-related topics, from the highly technical, to the theoretical and social.  Editor Barney Warf has done a wonderful job soliciting entries from experts around the world. The Encyclopedia is available in hard copy format from SAGE, and is also available online through SAGE Knowledge. The abstracts and links for my two entries are as follows: Internet Slang: Internet slang, like its counterparts in the spoken and written forms, is a mode of communication that typically consists of shortened words or phrases, neologisms (new words), abbreviations or initialisms, and paralinguistic or paraverbal markers. In the online space, netspeak (as Internet slang is…
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Media ecology education: Podcasts as multimodal demonstrations of learning

I recently had the pleasure of developing this article for Explorations in Media Ecology, a publication of the Media Ecology Association.  I have used the podcast exercise  in my courses for a few terms, but last semester was the first time that I asked students to create an entire 4-episode podcast series.  In reviewing my students' course evaluations, there were some students that expressed frustration at the assignment, though for the most part, students seemed to enjoy the challenge.  They were a pleasure to listen to, and I really felt as if the students rose to the occasion. Abstract Many undergraduate students tackling media ecology for the first time can often feel overwhelmed and confused. They must manage a constantly vacillating shift in focus from course content to reflective personal…
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Organizational Motivation and Behavior Modification : Brief Literature Review

Originally written on 5/1/16 Conceptual Issues The articles reviewed here discuss factors influencing employee and organizational outcomes. Both journal articles offer compelling theoretical arguments for dissecting organizational motivation and behavior modification while the course textbook adds to the argument for systematically observing organizational behavior. The literature here seems to be working toward clarifying our understanding of motivation and behavior modification, specific to the organizational setting. Major Contributions Stajkovic and Luthans (1997), in an in-depth meta-analysis, examined behavior modification and the influence of organizational behavior modification processes on task performance. The authors offered a basis for their research by highlighting classic behavioral psychology theorists such as Pavlov, Skinner, and Watson. Further, Stajkovic and Luthans included organizational and systems theory to refine the focus of their work. The researchers arrived at a…
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Language Use in the Development and Maintenance of Cultural Identity

The following is an old piece that I recently dug out as a part of my evolving dissertation research and planning.  I've always been fascinated by the role of language in social interactions; in fact, my Master's thesis sprung out of similar thinking.  My dissertation will most likely include aspects of this same train of thought.  I've posted the original here as a reflection on my writing from 4 years ago and as a way of stimulating new creative thoughts from old material. Originally written 11/19/13 for an Master's-level Intercultural Communication course at Gonzaga University. Abstract This paper presents a review of literature discussing the impacts of language on the development and maintenance of cultural identity. The literature introduces an operational definition of cultural identity and outlines ways in which cultural groups…
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Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change

April, 2017 marks the launch of the volume, Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change.  This is project that I have had the pleasure to contribute to, and I'm excited to see the book in its physical form!  There are so many great chapters here, and I look forward to reading the work of my fellow contributors. My Creighton cohort-mate, Tricia Garwood and I worked together for several months to develop our chapter: Benevolent Subversion: Graffiti, Street Art, and the Emergence of the Anonymous Leader. The chapter develops the idea of benevolent subversion as a leadership practice deployed by artists, specifically graffiti artists (or independent public artists). Exploring the role of the graffiti artist in social movements, the authors suggest that subversive leadership is often necessary and beneficial for social…
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The Task of the New Leader

I will admit that I have been burned out on technology recently, having come through some rough tech experiences over the past year in my business.  I have been frustrated by things like server outages, software compatibility, hardware failures, and even business associates with terrible email and social media etiquette!  At the same time, I have always been fascinated by the intersection of technology and humanity, and this course (ILD 831: Technology and Leadership) offered a way to get out from under some of the practical stresses and look at tech in a broader way.  A recurring theme for me throughout this course has been the question of how technology has shaped (and is shaped by) humanity over the last 500 years, and of course, more recently, how the digital and network revolutions…
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