Confessions from an Unapologetic Academic

True Story...I have an obsession.

I kinda love learning. 


Like, I really, really, REALLY love it...especially learning about people and how to help them work with others to become the best versions of themselves. I have had amazing mentors along the way, including the leading scholars of Appreciative Inquiry, Emotional Intelligence, and Experiential Learning Theory.  While I consider all the world my eternal learning lab, my formal classrooms (AKA where I am still paying student loans) include:

  • B.A. Psychology & Sociology - Ohio Wesleyan University
  • M.S. Conflict Analysis & Resolution - George Mason University
  • Ph.D. Organizational Behavior - Case Western Reserve University

My Professor Stuff

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What I Teach

Currently, I teach management courses (AKA the "people side"...or what I say is the most important side of business) at the Stiller School of Business, Champlain College, including: Business & the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Management & Organizational Behavior, and Corporate Social Responsibility.  I also helped design (and sometimes teach) in our Online Graduate Certificate in Positive Organization Development.

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What I Research & Write About

My academic curiosities have always revolved around understanding people and how to help them flourish with each other and the world around them.  Specifically, I have often written on topics including moral imagination, corporate social responsibility, positive organization development, and Appreciative Inquiry. Some examples of my work are below, as well as my full CV.

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What Recognitions I've Received

In 2018, I was honored to be named the first endowed Robert P. Stiller Chair of Management at Champlain College, as well as receive the prestigious Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship, which is  is awarded to a senior faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and Champlain College through a record of service and excellence in teaching.

Pop-up Professoring

The Blue Stool Project is a series of flash lectures given on the Champlain College campus,  with a goal to address topics that might not normally come up in the classroom. Check out my Valentine's Day "Love Your Questions" flash lecture!

Some Stuff I've Written