I am a mostly retired professor of educational psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and long-time resident of Chapel Hill. I came to UNC in 1979; retired from teaching in 2008; continued work on research projects from 2008-2011; and currently work in the School of Medicine part-time on a cancer research project involving distance education. In addition to my academic work, I regularly consult with organizations to help them improve their workplace learning programs. I am also the very proud father of three adult children and two wonderful grandchildren. I was born and attended public schools in Alabama. Later I went to Auburn University where my grandfather had been Dean of Engineering. After completing my undergraduate and masters degrees there I worked in public schools in Alabama before heading off to Florida State University to get my PhD. After completing my PhD I stayed and worked in Florida for eight years before moving to North Carolina. I have been in North Carolina for over thirty years now. Now that I am retired from full-time work at UNC I split my time between Chapel Hill and West Jefferson where we have a mountain cabin.
I was on the faculty of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina from 1979-2008. Prior to that I was on the faculty at Florida State University. I taught in the area of educational psychology and instructional design with a special interest in human learning and technology. I have always had a special interest in designing instruction to be delivered via technology. I continue this line of work on projects in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. I recently worked on a national project conducting research on using distance education to improve rural schools. I am currently working on distance education projects in the School of Medicine. I have used technology in my own courses, frequently teaching courses online. I have written several books and numerous articles related to my academic interests.
I have been a consultant to many national and international corporations and agencies. While the specifics of each consulting assignment differ widely, there is a common element - the emphasis on applying the best knowledge from research and theory to educate and train people in such a way that they are able to improve their capabilities to perform successfully in their work and beyond.