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Doctor of Education, 2001
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Concentration: Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction
Dissertation: An evaluation model for Web-based instruction and a case study of its application.

Master of Arts in Education, 1977
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Concentration: Reading Education

Bachelor of Arts in Education, summa cum laude, 1976
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Concentration: Secondary Education, Social Science, English

Bachelor of Science, with honors, 1975
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Major: Political Science Minor: History, Geography

Current Employment

Director, Academic and Research Computing, Jul 2007 to Current
Rice University, Houston, TX

Directed academic computing, research computing, and user services for Rice University, a private, doctoral-granting, research university. Performed strategic and operational planning, budgeting, & visioning. Supervised a staff of 52 professional employees, including five managers, and over 40 students. Served on the university’s Information Technology Executive Committee, Information Technology Advisory Committee, Elearning Committee, Data Security Task Force, and the Provost’s Classroom Task Force. Co-chaired, with a faculty member, the Educational Technology Advisory Committee.

Integrated ITIL principles into user services functions (presented at EDUCAUSE '10). by writing and implementing a service catalog, developing change management and problem management processes, putting an event notification system into practice, and reconstructing a help desk into a service center. Reorganized student computing support by embedding student computer consultants into residential colleges and integrating them within the Service Center (presented by staff whom I mentored at SIGGUCCS '08).

Brought user-centered design principles to campus and used them to deploy new services, decommission services, and manage complete service life-cycles (presented at EDUCAUSE SW '10). Built communications bridges between the user and IT (to be presented at EDUCAUSE W/SW '11) that created an IT alerts system and a service dashboard. Wrote and analyzed the annual survey of user satisfaction and used its metrics to create a culture of continuous improvement.

Designed and orchestrated partnership buy-in for a condo computing model for high performance computing (presented at EDUCAUSE '09) and virtualization of a shared pool of integrated computing environments (presented at EDUCAUSE SW '09). Contributed to $13 M in high-performance computing grants from IBM, NSF, and NIH.

Pioneered the instructional use of clickers, podcasts, wikis, blogs, and eportfolios. Integrated functionalities for media reserves, performance metrics, classroom capture, multimedia repositories, and federated search into OWL-Space, Rice’s customized implementation of the Sakai course management tool. Launched and inspired development of a university iPhone/iPad app.

Practical Experience

Web Page Design & Development

Fluent in HTML, XHTML, DHTML, XML, JavaScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), ASP.NET, VBScript, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Access, SQL Server, and Microsoft FrontPage. Designed and programmed the first Web site for the University of Houston-Clear Lake and served as Webmaster for six years. Designed and developed online courses. INST-5535 Internet Fundamentals was named to the “Top 5% of Web Sites for Education” in 1996. INST-5635 Web Design and Development was selected as an “Exemplary Online Course” in 2000 by WebCT. INST-5735 Advanced Web Development won a “Golden Web” Award in 2002 from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. INST-5835 Digital Video Production for Educators and trainers won a “Golden Web” Award in 2003 from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. Designed and developed The Descendents of Jan Kidney, a Kidney Family Genealogy Web Site, which won a “Golden Web” Award in 2004 from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. Many of these Websites include online database components.

Instructional Applications Developer

Fluent in Authorware, Director, Flash, and Asymetrix Toolbook. Produced Airways, Airlines, and Global Air Travel, a CD-ROM which won the “Hall of Fame” award at the 1996 New Media Consortium Conference. Produced Teaching Students with Behavior Disorders: Putting the Pieces Together, a CD-ROM which won "Best Instructional Innovation of the Year" prize at the 1997 SITE conference. Produced Animated Synapses and Visualizing Brain Anatomy, a CD-ROM which won "Most Promising Software" prize at the 1998 Neurosciences Conference. Note: Both require download of an EXE file with unsecured settings. Produced Online Library Research Skills, an online Flash application which won the "Library Instruction Project of the Year" award in 2005 from the Texas Library Association. Produced Constitution Day, a Web site that won "Outstanding Non-credit Instructional Site" in 2006 from UCEA.

Learning Object Developer

Fluent in Web server-side scripting and database integration. Developed "Brain Systems - Front View" as part of Animated Synapses and Visualizing Brain Anatomy. Developed SQL Select Statement Tutorial. Developed Want to be a Millionaire?, a quiz-based learning object currently populated with earth science content. Developed Harry Potter Wizard Challenge, a quiz-based learning object currently populated with Harry Potter trivia.

Media Producer

Fluent in Adobe Video Suite, Photoshop, Audacity, Sound Forge, and ACID. Directed and produced Digital Kibbles and Bits which was a finalist the 2003 Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival. Developed a series of short videos, including Shy Boy, a dramatazation of a poem by Thomas Swiss, and HitchHiker. Note: Videos are optimized for full screen devliery and require significant download time from the Web as well as .mpg player software. Developed and produced a series of Podcasts entitled Clearly Technology, including this episode on Podcasting. Note: Podcast requires .mp3 player software. Created graphics for a Digital Storytelling CD Jacket and a computer museum.

Games Developer

Fluent in Second Life, Flash, and Authorware. Produced Crime Scene Interactive, a 3-D serious game for a criminal justice course. Produced Blockie, a game to advertise University of Houston-Clear Lake. Developed Squire's Service, a serious game for learning the parts of medieval armor.

Trainer and Presenter

Fluent in Microsoft Powerpoint and Web-based Technologies. Developed and delivered over 400 presentations to international, national, and regional audiences. Invited presentations included Digital Storytelling, What Does a Web Course Look Like?, Best Practices in Online Education, and How Librarians can Support Online Learning.


Fluent in Microsoft Word. Have written an instructional book, a book chapter, and four journal articles all of which have been peer reviewed and published. "Rediscovering First Principles Through Online Learning" appeared in The Quarterly Review of Distance Education in 2003. "When the Cows Come Home: A Proven Path of Professional Development for Faculty Pursuing E-Learning" appeared in T.H.E. Journal in 2004. "Toward A Quality Assurance Approach to E-Learning Courses" appeared in International Journal of E-Learning in 2007.

Additional Information

A pdf of my complete curriculum vitae.