I have recently retired from working as a public health consultant doing social science research and evaluation on a variety of projects for Federal Government and State Government agencies and non-profit organizations for 23 years. Since that time, I have started a new career as a teacher and tutor -- doing what I love the best: empowering those I teach by increasing their knowledge, skills and understanding of important issues and topics that will enable them to operate more effectively in our increasingly globalized working environment.
I now serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College, teaching a course in Intercultural Communication and Leadership for the Graduate School of Management and Technology for a culturally diverse group of students who work during the day and attend night classes for graduate degrees in such areas as management, health administration, and technology. My prior teaching experience includes teaching World History to undergraduates at Montgomery College, and cultural and medical anthropology courses to undergraduates at the University of California, Berkeley. Also, I have taught two courses (Culture, Community, and Cuisine, and Culture, Health, and Healing in the U.S.), for the OSHER Institute of Retired Learning at Johns Hopkins University). I have written articles for publication in professional public health journals and Federal Government monographs, as well as multiple research and evaluation reports and other publications for such Federal agencies as the National Cancer Institute, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. I have mentored a number of young researchers and helped three of them to apply successfully to doctoral programs at different U.S. universities. I have also provided in-depth editing and technical feedback to colleagues and clients seeking to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals or other publications.
In general, my years of research and evaluation work, along with travel abroad, and anthropological training, have helped me to get along well with all sorts of people from a wide variety of social, cultural, professional and other backgrounds, age groups, and different parts of the world.
I really look forward to working one-on-one with students, helping them become more proficient in English or French, or showing them what we can learn from history, or more skilled at bridging cultural differences that can prevent good communication and leadership at work and elsewhere. To me, the most important part of teaching is empowering my students--building their confidence as they learn what they need to know for a successful future.
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