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I hold an appointment as Director of Communications, Arts & Sciences, at William & Mary (since 2006). Some history and background below.


2021: Project to evaluate W&M internal communications (chair, benchmarking committee) 

2020: Member, EPC subcommittee for COLL 350: Difference, Equity, Justice (continuing)

2020: Member, W&M Unified Communications Teams: Faculty, staff, "schools," departments, units; Strategic communications

2019: American Association of Colleges & Universities, Diversity, Equity, and Student Success attendee, Pittsburg, March 28-30

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: Co-author, Radiant Strategies: A Framework for Sustainable Nonprofit Organizations

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

  • Richmond Tree Stewards, "volunteers for the urban forest," secretary (2014), advisory panel (2013), certification and volunteer since 2012
  • Infrastructure and tree plantings, Williamsburg Road, 2009 to present
  • Greater Fulton Hill Civic Association, newsletter editor, 2003-07
  • ART 180, Program Committee, evaluation, 2003-05; president, 2001-03; vice-president, 2000-01; treasurer, 1999-00
  • Artspace Arts Council, 1998-99
  • Vine-Maple-Columbia Neighborhood Association (Ill.) Council, 1994-97
  • Neighborhood Heritage Award, Champaign County Preservation and Conservation Association, 1995
  • Appreciation Awards, Volunteer Center for United Way, Community Recycling Center, 1994
  • Award of Excellence, Award of Achievement, C-U Ad Club, 1993
  • Champaign House Transitional Homeless Shelter, Coordinator (acquire/renovate), 1991-93
  • Michael Hyman Award, Greater Community AIDS Project, 1992
  • Campus Communications Council, University of Illinois, 1991-92
  • Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Campus Charitable Fund Drive, University of Illinois, 1990-92
  • Member, Champaign County Community Task Force on AIDS, 1990-97
  • Silver Medal, National Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 1990