My teaching method combines theoretical knowledge with real world applications. I believe that book learning is valuable but it is necessary to see how this knowledge is actually used in the real world. This blend of approaches helps the student understand how business operates.
I have a BA in Political Science, an MS in Business Management and an MS in Education and have taught classes of up to 45 students. I have also been a business owner and have consulted with businesses throughout North America.
2002 Robert Morris University
Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership
Practicum (co-authored): The Impact of a Formal Retention Management System on the Attrition of First Quarter Students at Pittsburgh Technical Institute.
Area Concentration: Adult and nontraditional student education.
Theory Concentration: Phenomenological Epistemology
1977 Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science degree in Business Management
Area Concentration: Retailing
Theory Concentration: Marketing
1976 Duquesne University
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
2003 Greater Pittsburgh YMCA Community Service Award
Designed and implemented curriculum to teach basis Microsoft Office Applications to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Housing Authority community center mentors as part of an IADT community service effort.
1998 Corinthian Column Award
Recognized as one of six National Instructors of the Year honorees by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., for work in student development, curriculum development and administrative services.
1998 Instructor of the Year
Recognized as Instructor of the Year by Duff’s Business Institute for work in student development, curriculum development and administrative services.
2006 Thomson Publishing
Basic Computer Applications; ISBN#(concealed information)
2005 Career Education Corporation - Summer Leadership Conference
“Developing Critical Thinking Skills Using Problem Based Learning”
Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division
2010 Spring Career Week: “Your First Job and Gaining Experience in the Fashion Industry”
2010 Fall Career Week: “The Press and Fashion: How to Get Noticed by the Media”
IADT Faculty Development
PTI Faculty Development
“Generational Learning Styles”
ACRT Faculty Development
“Problem Solving Using Visual Organizers”
Sanford Brown Institute General Education Symposium
“Differences Between Traditional and non-Traditional Students”
2018 - Varsity Tutors
Tutor Business, Economics, and Government courses for high school and college students
2016 – 2018 Career Training Academy
Instructor for general education courses and basic medical courses.
2011 – 2013 Sanford Brown Institute
Instructor for Strategies for Success, Computer Concepts, Math, Business Communication, Career Success and Biomedical Ethics. (Campus closed)
2010 – 2011 Academy of Court Reporting and Technology
Instructor in Introduction to Computers, Word, Document Processing, Management, Accounting and Career Development (Campus closed)
2008 – 2017 Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online and Pittsburgh Campus
Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
Courses included Consumer Behavior, Distribution and Logistics, History of Fashion I & II and Introduction to Retailing, Marketing, Merchandise Management, Principles of Finance, Retail Operations and Technology, Survey of Manufacturing and Production, Trends and Concepts in Apparel,
2002 - 2008 International Academy of Design and Technology
Courses include Advertising Theory and Practice, Direct Marketing, Fashion and Trend Analysis, Theory and History of Fashion Design, Introduction to Fashion Merchandising, Merchandise Planning and Inventory Control, Merchandising Technology, Merchandising Principles and Practices, Retail Buying, Retailing Management Concepts.
Adjunct Instructor of Business Administration and E-Commerce
Developed curriculum and taught Advertising, Business Law, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship, E-Management, E-Marketing, Human Resource Management, Inventory and Stock Control Systems, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, New Product Development, Online Traffic Management Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Public Relations, and Retailing. Developed curriculum and presented various faculty development courses. (Campus closed)
1999 - 2002 Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Instructor in Business Administration and Marketing
Courses include Automated Accounting, Computer Applications, Consumer Behavior, Customer Sales and Service, E-Business and Internet Sales, Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Management to undergraduate students. Designed and implemented curriculum for Consumer Behavior, E-Commerce Marketing, and Principles of Management courses. Developed curriculum and presented seminar on Learning Styles for faculty development program. Pittsburgh Technical Institute is accredited by the Middle States Council. (Reduction in Force)
1997 - 1999 Duff’s Business Institute
Evening Division Coordinator
Primary responsibility areas included retention, registrar functions, bookstore operations, curriculum review, new program and business development, and research for expansion into new markets. Responsible for the supervision and direction of instructors and students in addition to teaching duties. (Position with PTI)
Provided undergraduate instruction in American National Government, Business Law, Cost Accounting, Customer Service, Economics, Management, Marketing, Office Finance and Accounting, and Tax Accounting. Students consisted of a mix of international, traditional and non-traditional populations.
1992 - 1996 Community College of Allegheny County
Continuing Education Division. Developed curriculum for and taught Small Business Start-Up and Direct Mail Marketing courses.
1980 - 1984 Burns International Security Services, Inc.
Assisted in training security officers in Washington, D.C. Classes included Search and Arrest Procedures, Self-Defense, International Law and Firearms qualifications.
Education Administration Experience
2018 Career Training Academy
Acting Campus Director
Responsible for all facets of campus operations.
2010 - 2011 Academy of Court Reporting and Technology
Director of Career Services and Student Services
Directly responsible for assisting students in seeking employment in their fields. Coordinate externship program. Deal directly with employers to develop leads for employment.
2005 International Academy of Design and Technology
Director of Education
Directly supervised 3 Department Chairs, Registrar, and Externship Coordinator, indirectly supervised 60 faculty members, responsible for departmental strategic planning including new program development, responsible for meeting Corporate, State and Accrediting Agency standards, monitored and worked with “at risk” students, developed faculty and department chair training programs, analyzed retention, graduation and satisfaction rates for students, and worked with other senior managers to facilitate school operations.
Department Chair - Fashion Merchandising
Evaluated and selected textbooks, developed inventory plan for proposed fashion lab, selected vendors for display fixtures, assisted in the development of marketing and advertising media, purchased and presented sample mannequins, worked closely with Admissions to enroll prospective students, reviewed course catalog descriptions, lab components and course objectives to insure compatibility, oversaw review of terminal learning outcomes and enabling objectives to draw from the three domains of Bloom’s taxonomy, oversaw the development of grading rubrics for Fashion Merchandising core classes, and conducted staffing needs analysis and develop sources for instructors.
1997 - 1999 Duff’s Business Institute
Evening Division Coordinator
Responsible for operation of evening school programs, Department chair for Secretarial, Computer Operator and Career Access programs, functioned as school registrar (scheduled 475 students for classes, scheduled teachers for classes, prepared transcripts, evaluated transfer credits), observed and evaluated teachers, counseled students and faculty, developed course curricula, prepared paperwork for students eligible for VA benefits, coordinated Directed Studies for students, filled in for absent teachers or administrators as needed, supervised Education Office work-study students, and participated in hiring of new teachers.
1988 - 1989 Chauffeur’s Training School
Performed marketing analysis functions for school located in Detroit, MI. and developed marketing models that were adopted corporate-wide.
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