My teaching experience at universities, and to researchers and practitioners, includes:
Here is a video of a presentation I did in 2013: Using Internet & Smartphone Apps to Work With Volunteers. This is a 90 minute video of me at a 2013 Corporation for National and Community Service regional conference. It's focused on managers of AmeriCorps, VISTA, SeniorCorps and other national service members, however, it's applicable to any initiative involving volunteers. Because the training was just 90 minutes, I wasn't able to do the group exercises I so like to do, but there is a lot of back and forth with the audience - and I do my best to repeat what people are saying/asking, so it could be on the broadcast (which was live) and the recording. 6:45 is when my oh-so-witty banter starts with the audience. Presentation doesn't really begin until 8:30. First part is a bit draggy - lots of people still coming in. But it picks right up and is a very decent example of how I train. Sorry that the video doesn't pick up the laughs from the terrific audience of about 50 or more people.
My CV, which fully details my professional experience and skills, and my references, are available upon request. You can also read about my core professional competencies and my capacity-building work specifically.
I am open to earning a doctorate in communications, public
relations, community engagement or related field to my areas of
expertise if I could teach while pursuing the doctorate and receive
financial support. I have excellent teaching credentials, a strong
drive for research that could lead to scholarly work publishable in
refereed journals, a strong drive to keep up-to-date on the latest
trends and advances regarding my academic focus areas, a strong
commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, a commitment to
working with a diverse student population and a strong interest in
building opportunities for students and faculty to explore these
academic focus areas through volunteering and research themselves.
As time permits, I also research how rumor and myth can derail development or relief efforts, and ways to address such.
You can see my academic / research work at my profile on academia.edu. Most of the academic articles that have cited my work regarding virtual volunteering are listed at my Google Scholar account. My published work and unpublished research work includes.
not published: "More Than Performers: Factors for Success in Theater-for-Development Initiatives," an investigation completed in October 2005 of the elements needed for an organization to successfully use live, in-person performance as a tool for development, excluding performer training and theater techniques (also known as theater-for-development). Relevant theories of development management informed the investigation, with a specific focus on institutional development, inter-organizational collaboration, and trust-building.
"Factors for Success in Involving Online Volunteers," presented at "Volunteering Research: Frontiers and Horizons," November 2005, a conference by the Institute for Volunteering Research, in Birmingham, England, and published in The International Journal of Volunteer Administration (IJOVA).
"Challenges of International Online Volunteering: Re-Learning Words, Transcending Boundaries", September 2004, in The Journal of Volunteer Administration, Volume 22, Number 3, published by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).
"Online Mentoring: Programs and Suggested Practices as of February 2001", in Technology-Assisted Delivery of School Based Mental Health Services: Defining School Social Work for the 21st Century, which was co-published simultaneously as the Journal of Technology in Human Services, Volume 21, Numbers 1/2 2003, by The Haworth Press
"Virtual Volunteering: Online Volunteers Providing Assistance to Human Service Agencies", in Human Services Online: A New Arena for Service Delivery , which was co-published simultaneously as the Journal of Technology in Human Services, Volume 17, Numbers 1 and 2/3 2000, by The Haworth Press
Merrill Associates Topic of the Month for December, 2004: "Learning From The 'Not-So-Nice' Volunteers"
I received my MSc in Development Management from Open University, in the UK, in December 2005. I received my B.A. in Journalism (with minors in both theater and history) from Western Kentucky University. In 2005, I passed the initial level exam in the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) (certification for basic abilities in Spanish), and I am currently studying for the next level. I completed the following classes that are part of the Professional Certificate for Nonprofit Management (in the first year it was offered), San José State University (California): Fund Raising, Board Governance & Leadership, Financial Management, Human Resources, and Strategic Planning & Needs Assessments. I have also been trained in planning and evaluation by Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE).
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