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I have lived on four continents and adjusted to many different cultures, learning different languages, and teaching in very widely varying circumstances. I have published about one journal article, or chapter in a book, per year over the past 20 years. I have taught at a number of Chicago area universities as an "adjunct professor" continuously for the past seven years.
My greatest strengths are an ability to quickly discern the "gist" of some intellectual material, and be able to translate that into simpler language and concepts for others to understand. The second part of that, communicating to others, I do both through spoken word and through written word. I believe I can help you learn to do those - writing and/or speaking - better.
As a college teacher for over 14 years, both in the United States and in west Africa, I have adapted to very diverse student populations in universities as different from one another as North Park University, Elmhurst College, Trinity University (Deerfield), and University of Phoenix. Many, if not most, of my students over the past 6 or 7 years have been adults who returned to college later in life.
Previously, on three different occasions I worked for about a year each as a daily substitute teacher in the DuPage County school systems. In the 1980s, then 1999-2000, I taught mostly high school or junior high as a substitute; then in 2005-06 I taught mostly with first through third graders, often in Spanish, a language which I use comfortably, though I would not claim to be anywhere near "bilingual."
As an ordained minister, I regularly speak to congregations comprised of widely varying degrees of education and am able to make myself understood, they tell me, to both children and well-educated adults.
Content-wise, I'm a liberal arts guy - history, theology, literature, and communication skills, as suggested above, are what I can probably best help you with.
We can figure out what you most need to concentrate on, and adapt our times together to make them most productive and fruitful for you.
Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are "manageable" material if you know how to approach them. Though they cover thousands of years of human history, these 66 books touch universal needs and present solutions to problems we all face.
Though I myself have done 10 years of graduate level studies in Bible, I have found that the Bible is accessible to anyone who wants to know what it says.
As a teacher (college mostly, some high school teaching as a substitute) and a preacher, I have been speaking in public for forty years. I also listen, critically, to others who speak, and have a sense of what works at grabbing and holding people's attention.
Thus my "take" on public speaking is from a pragmatic, more than a "trained professional," perspective.
At the University of Phoenix, where I have facilitated classes regularly since 2006, all students are required to make classroom presentations twice every five weeks, normally using Power Point to enhance their presentations. I both evaluate these, constantly, and give students feedback on how to better convey their material to an audience. So my focus is on the business or persuasive world of communication.
Also, as a former missionary, I communicated with supporting churches in fund-raising, informative, and motivational presentations nightly, for about 20 weeks of three different given years, five years apart.
At a pastoral training college in Africa I taught public speaking to candidates for church ministry.
I have been teaching Religions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, Tao and Confucius, and Shinto), and the three principal monotheist religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regularly and consistently for the past 6 years at the University of Phoenix.
My own convictions and doctoral training are in the Christian faith, and I have taught both Bible and theology on the college level for over ten years.
In the study and teaching of non-Christian religions my intention is to understand the way other fellow human beings think and how this effects their way of life. There is usually much of value in the thought of others, even if one is not persuaded to "convert" to the other's religion or become an adept in it.
Princeton Theological Seminary (Master's)
Trinity International University - Divinity School (PhD)
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