teaching


I reach a state of ‘flow’ when I am teaching. I enjoy the planning, creating materials, deploying the activities, and seeing the impact. I have enjoyed teaching in a variety of settings including; class, conference, workshop, on projects, in my home, and many more. I seek for opportunities to teach wherever I am, mostly because it helps me continue to learn.

As a teacher, I am driven by the thrill of creating a lesson plan and watching it unfold. I am motivated by seeing those I am teaching light up as they understand what I had hoped they would see and then watching that information explode as they go beyond and see something that I did not expect, or even know was there. This is why I teach. The link between education and practice is essential. I have found it to be mutually beneficial as I strive to engage in a cross pollination relationships between corporations and academia.


undergraduate

+ Adjunct Professor - Design Thinking - The Design School @ ASU

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Introduces the notion of design thinking, a concept that is gaining significant recognition in several disciplines including art, design, business, engineering and others. Design thinking can be described as a creative, multidisciplinary, human-centered approach to solving complex problems. Contemporary society faces numerous challenges, and the need for new tools and methods to tackle and solve these problems is more pressing than ever before. Offers several new techniques of design thinking and creative problem solving through engaging lectures and exciting projects.

+ Adjunct Professor - Design Research - The Design School @ ASU

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Project based exploration of Environmental Design Research.
Part 1 of 2 courses intended to be integrative.
Culminating experience where students are expected to demonstrate their understanding and synthesis of the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the program.

Understanding Context – This phase is all about gathering and analyzing initial data to decide on an area of focus. Students will be expected to undertake extensive study of environmental design precedents within subtopics; Sustainability & Innovation, Technology & Design Strategies, Histories & Theories of Design. Search, collect, organize.

Expected Outcomes: Context document including; annotated bibliography, mind map of focus area, 3-5 possible research questions.

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Research Planning – Prepare a research plan related to their chosen area of study, including; context document, research question, and inquiry proposal. Concluding with a poster exhibit reviewed by peers and professors. Analyze, summarize, propose.

Expected Outcomes: Research Plan including; context document, research question, and inquiry proposal in written format and presentation to the class.

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Conduct Research – Execute research plan to collect pertinent data related to research question. Organize raw data to prepare for analysis of information. Search, collect, organize.

Expected Outcomes: Topline summary of research findings including organized raw data ready for analysis.

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Analyze Data – Visually make sense of data collected. Analyze, summarize, visualize.

Expected Outcomes: 3-5 Models/Frameworks explaining answers to research question.

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Synthesize Opportunities – Ideate possible project opportunities within area of focus based off of research findings. Decide and visually represent 3 most promising directions. Propose.

Expected Outcomes: Final presentation including and connecting; research plan, analyzed data (models/frameworks), visualized opportunities.

+ Guest Lecturer - Multi-Disciplinary Design Program @ UofU

University of Utah – Multi-Disciplinary Program – Junior Design Studio Spring 2015
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This Junior Studio course focussed on research, ideation and development of rehabilitation aids for children with impairments aged 2 – 5. Utilizing a systematic process of product development and each student is to design a toy that is focused on rehabilitation efforts of physical and occupational therapists, educators and parents.

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I worked closely with Jim Agutter as he planned the course cirriculum. Providing resources and ideas for project approach.

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I had a blast planning a midpoint ideation workshop focussing on getting the students to play together to come up with fun new concepts.

“Thanks for leading such a great workshop! It was fun and really got the students thinking in a different way.” – Prof. Jim Agutter

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I also returned for a midpoint review session of the student work as part of an industry panel.

+ Assistant Instructor - iPRO Program @ IIT

Illinois Institute of Technology’s Interprofessional Projects Program (iPRO) – Fall 2012

This workshop is intended to teach a process for problem solving as part of interprofessional projects. This process is helpful for complex, non-deterministic problems the students will encounter in their education/career. There are 10 teams of 5 undergraduate students all working on different projects and topics. Pods of 2 teams are guided by an instructor. I am responsible for guiding one pod (two teams) through this process.

+ Instructor - iPRO Program @ IIT

Illinois Institute of Technology’s Interprofessional Projects Program (iPRO) – Spring 2013

This workshop is intended to teach a process for problem solving as part of interprofessional projects. This process is helpful for complex, non-deterministic problems the students will encounter in their education/career. There are 10 teams of 5 undergraduate students all working on different projects and topics. I am responsible for guiding one pod (three teams) through this process.

+ Guest Lecturer - Operations Management Program @ UW Parkside

University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Operations Management – Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
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Professor Abey Kuruvilla regularly invited me to teach his Operations Management classes on the subject of product design. In one or two lectures I would quickly introduce them to the basics of the topic and then get them involved in a hands-on design thinking exercise; empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing around a real world problem.
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The students really got into it because the topics were relevant and the activities were quick. They were also given complete ownership of the challenges, and knew they would share out frequently with the rest of the class.
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My hope in introducing this topic in this way to these students is that they will have more empathy for their designer counterparts when they get into practice. I also hope they implement some of the elements of design thinking into their career and lives.

+ Guest Lecturer - Industrial Design Program @ University of Kansas

As Experience Design Manager at Hallmark I partnered with KU Industrial Design to sponsor a project. I worked closely with Prof. Derick Schweppe to create curriculum for the Junior Studio within the Industrial Design program. We devised a unique plan to run the class like a professional work environment, including intense in class work and quick deliverable turn arounds. We utilized a design thinking approach and a lean-startup mind set, focused on immersive storytime for kids and families.


graduate

+ Lead Instructor - Online Portfolio Session @ Institute of Design

IIT Institute of Design’s Recruiting Program – Fall 2012

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The intent of the session was to expose the attendees to the large variety of online portfolio building tools, including the three typical types; websites, blog platforms, and dedicated portfolio platforms. All in an effort to explain the time and skill required to pursue the different options so that more students would feel comfortable putting their projects and thoughts online. The end of the session was dedicated to demonstrating a wordpress tutorial to go deeper on one platform.

+ Lead Instructor - Online Portfolio Work Session @ Institute of Design

IIT Institute of Design’s Recruiting Program – Spring 2013

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The intent of the session was to get together students that want to work on their portfolios and match them up with other students that have expertise in the platform of choice to give assistance. There were about ten students their to be helped and five students their to help. We first help undecided folks choose a platform on which to build their portfolio. Then we split into two groups, one focussed on WordPress and the other focussed on Cargo Collective. We spent about two hours working together, getting some people started, and helping others put the final touches on their site. It was very productive and extremely helpful to have so many assisting hands. The real test of success will be if they all get hired this Spring.

+ Project Sponsor - MBA Program @ UW Parkside

University of Wisconsin – Parkside
MBA – Operations Management – Spring 2013
I also spent a majority of this semester traveling for work, so I got my first taste in remote teaching.


corporate training

+ Observations to Insights - R&D Group @ SC Johnson

With a group of three, we planned and delivered an interactive workshop to teach how to go from research observations to actionable insights to a group of 100 packaging engineers, chemists, designers, and researchers.

+ Design Thinking for Engineers - ESE Forum @ Hallmark

200+ Engineers from around Hallmark come together once a year for an engineering conferences. I was inviting to run a workshop based to introduce Design Thinking to the group.

+ Design Thinking 1.0 - Continuing Education Program @ Hallmark

This course was offered as part of Hallmark’s extensive Continuing Education Program. People from all around the company signed up to get their taste of Design Thinking. I worked closely with Laura Sarff and Jamee Friedman from our Corporate Innovation Group

+ User-Centered Project Framing - Design Engineering Group @ Hallmark

Innovation projects at Hallmark tend to be technology focussed. I created this training to show when and how projects should be user driven. After the training, I spent time with each of our innovation teams coaching them on how they might consider their users in their project… providing methods, case studies, and mini-workshops with each team.