I am the father of two daughters. A Pittsburgh native, I am a founding member of the Steelers’ Nation. My hero is Roberto Clemente, more for his humanitarian spirit and social accomplishments than for his legacy as a phenomenal baseball player (and he was an incredible right fielder). I enjoy music in all forms, but I am partial to the blues, and I especially like the interactive nature of a live performance. I have been a volunteer at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, Va since the fall of 2014. I have been fortunate to use that role to establish for myself the opportunity to learn about live audio engineering, which I am able to share with the students in my classes, such as Stage Audio and Basic Audio Recording.
Another favorite activity of mine is taking the Harley out for a ride; I have an ’06 Nightrain, a post-deployment gift to myself. I have ridden the Nightrain to Denver once (soon to be twice) and deep into Quebec Province twice.
I retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2007 after 22 years of combined active duty and reserve service, which includes two deployments to Iraq and 13 months in the Far East.
PhD in Communications Media and Instructional Technology
- Dissertation Title:
Identification of the Institutional Factors within State Systems of Higher Education in the Middle Eastern States for the Adoption of Webinars (2011)
M.A. in Adult Education and Communications Technology
B.S. in Communications Media (focus on radio and television broadcasting)
Introduction to Mass Communications
Radio Broadcasting Methods
Basic Audio Recording
Fundamentals of Television and Video Production
Mass Media and Behavior
Advanced Video Production
Senior Synthesis Seminar
Small Group Communications
News Writing and Editing
Video Production Practicums
News media effects, analysis of world events as portrayed by different media outlets and in different cultures, and the diffusion and impact of digital communications on societies.