I hold an appointment as Director of Communications, Arts & Sciences, at the College of William and Mary (since 2006). Some history and background below.
2019: Member, W&M Ad Hoc Committee on COLL 199 Implementation
2018: Forum on Workplace Inclusion attendee, Minneapolis, April 10-13: Intercultural Development Inventory, communication styles, competency benchmarks
2017: Workgroup for the W&M Educational Policy Committee, researching areas relating to COLL 100 and COLL 150 courses, reporting findings, making and implementing recommendations
2016: Co-creator with workgroup, "Communication Concepts and the First-Year COLL Experience" W&M faculty workshop (May, August, December, and continuing twice yearly)
2016: Co-creator with workgroup, "Owning the Major Decision" W&M student workshop for InfoMajors event, Office of Academic Advising (October)
2016 (fall): Acting Associate Director, W&M Center for the Liberal Arts
2016: "Science of Time Symposium" attendee, Cambridge, Mass., June 5-10: cesium fountains, the leap second, the center of Earth (nickel), 10,000-year clock of the Long Now Foundation.
2015: Co-creator (with Paul Showalter), Information Literacy Project, online summer course for entering first-year students, Swem Library, Writing Resources Center, A&S Dean's Office, Center for the Liberal Arts
2014-15: Interim/Acting Associate Director, W&M Center for the Liberal Arts
2014: Completed a twenty-year consulting relationship with the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A very enjoyable run.
2014: "Conceptualizing Environmental Exposure: From Data to Decisions" workshop participant, Drexel University's Center for Science, Technology and Society / Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, April 10-11
2013: MOOC student, Introduction to Complexity, Santa Fe Institute
2012: Leadership Initiative invited participant, College of William and Mary (fall semester)
2012: "Humanities Rendered Visible: The Face-to-Face Project at the College of William & Mary" (with Teresa Longo), New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Montreal, June 16
2010: "Communicating for Results: Shotgun or Laser Beam?" (with Jessica Donovan) workshop for deans, Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, New Orleans, Nov. 13
2009: Lead Instructor, INTR 450 "Engagement Communications and Outreach," a W&M independent study course on developing and executing a strategic communications plan for the Sharpe Community Scholars Program and other campus units
2007: Panel member, “Developing a College Communications Strategy” conference, Council for Colleges of Arts and Sciences, March 16-17
2006: Technical assistance with Megacatastrophe initiative and research projects, repackaging of Research Fellows and Research Associates initiative, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC
2005: Co-developer, online technical resource, strategic communications planning, Community Partnerships for Older Adults
2005: Communications support and sales/marketing consulting, technical assistance, Garbers of Richmond, Inc.
2005: Peer review, Strategic Communications and the Nonprofit Board manuscript, BoardSource
2004: Panel, “Meeting Accountability Head On” evaluation purposes and strategies, Annual Conference, Especially for Nonprofit Organizations (Sept. 20)
2004: Co-presenter, “Beyond Survival: Enlarging Our Definition of Sustainability,” Annual Conference, Alliance for Nonprofit Management (Aug. 13)
2004: Client report, “Looking Ahead: A Strategic Framework for FACE: Truth and Clarity on Alcohol Issues”
2003: Project Connect, briefing Congressional staff on Capitol Hill, Alaska and Montana state health departments
Strategic communications (with strategic planing and mission articulation) workshop trainings and 6-month technical assistance, for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees (partial list):
Strategic Communications: Champaign, Ill. / Richmond, Va. Public information plans, print marketing/development, website startups, visual identities and branding, press relations, radio/television scripting, public writing. 1993–2000: Principal (Vice-President), Otto-Walker Communications, Inc.
Marketing Communications, Office of Publications, University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.
Freelance consulting, writing/editing, Champaign, Ill.
Copy director, Penta Corporation (advertising agency), Champaign, Ill.
Freelance consulting, writing/editing, Williamsburg, Va.
1983 – 1986
Writer/editor, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Va.
Service and Recognition