1.H. Professional Development

Satisfactory rating requires demonstration of professional development through such activities as:

  • Ongoing personal professional development (NSF short courses, attending national meetings, etc.) or an organized program of self-study in a new area of research.
  • Securing additional education at professional short courses and conferences.

I regularly attend national conferences and meetings to expand my understanding of quality, innovation, and informatics/analytics in my domains of interest (science and technology management, and higher education). In addition, I have engaged in the following activities supporting this objective since joining JMU in Fall 2009:

Quality Consciousness & Innovation:

  • I attended a workshop led by David Whyte (author of The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America) for one day at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in February 2014.
  • I attended a workshop led by Charles Eisenstein (author of Sacred Economics) for one day in August 2013.
  • I audited PSY 497A (Positive Psychology) w/J. Kurtz at JMU for three months in Fall 2011.
  • I audited EDU 620E (Contemplative Education) through Naropa University for three months in Spring 2011.
  • I audited EDU 615E (Sacred Learning) through Naropa University for three months in Fall 2010.

Quality Informatics & Analytics:

  • I participated in a one-day session at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in June 2013 that focused on designing analytics for managing large facilities.
  • I contributed to an NSF workshop led by Nick Berente at the University of Georgia, focused on developing analytics for managing large cyberinfrastructure facilities, in September 2011.
  • I participated in an organized program of self-study between October 2010 and October 2011 in preparation to sit for the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) exam, which I passed in October 2011.
  • I attended the first open (MOOC) course on Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (w/S. Thrun & P. Norvig) offered by Stanford University in Fall 2011, prior to the time Coursera was established.