When it comes to web-publishing, I am a bullet-point person; however, following Greg’s lead in telling his story, I’ll indulge myself in a little bit of narrative about who I am and what I bring to ReasonIO…
First, on a practical level, as Vice-President and Co-Founder of ReasonIO, I direct the strategic planning and operational elements of our practice. I also work closely with Greg to develop curriculum and program offerings and I frequently co-facilitate workshops and events; however, I primarily serve our mission through management of the business (and technological) space for ReasonIO as we put philosophy into practice.
In terms of my academic background, I am an ABD doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School, completing my dissertation in the philosophy of education under the supervision of EGS Dean, Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk. I began my graduate work (while working as a building super in New York City, a project manager for a national marketing research firm, and as an adjunct instructor) in the fields of labor studies, literature, and cultural studies as a City College – CUNY Fellow, where I was also appointed the David Markowitz Poetry Fellowship, the Alice Sellers Fund Prize, the William Bradley Otis Fellowship in American Literature, and an Isaacs Scholarship in classical studies for philosophy and classical languages.
I started teaching as a graduate student at CCNY in 2000. Since then, I’ve been able to lead and develop numerous classes in the humanities and social sciences for the City University of New York, the State University of New York, Marist College, and the Bard College Prison Initiative. I often claim that my worst day teaching is better than my best day doing anything else – and I have to say I have fortunately been able to find opportunities to infuse the scholarship of teaching and learning into all of my work outside of the classroom, including my work as partner in ReasonIO.
In addition to my other teaching activities, for the last ten years, I served The Culinary Institute of America – first, as an adjunct faculty member (nominated twice for faculty member of the year), before being promoted to Assistant Dean of Instructional Development, and ultimately to the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. I’ve since left my “day job” with the CIA to work on a variety of philosophical and educational consulting projects. (In addition to my work with ReasonIO, I also have a school-building practice called ReasonIQ.) However, I stay connected to the CIA through my work as an independent contractor, currently serving Dean and Executive Director, Will Rosenzweig, as his Director of Curriculum and Program Design for The Food Business School, an innovative entrepreneurship program serving as the center for graduate and executive education for the CIA. This work is incredibly rewarding, and has permitted me the opportunity to work in start-up mode, making use of my extensive experience with SixSigma, Agile Methodology, and LeanLaunch. I’m also completing my Certified Professional in Learning & Performance certification with the Association for Talent Development, and expect to submit my work-product requirement for review in early 2016.
In terms of community work, I provide leadership to the Global Center for Advanced Studies as the President of the Board of Directors, and will be guiding the GCAS in its upcoming partnership with the Alma Mater Europaea – ISH as they grow to build a global presence for courses in critical pedagogy, philosophy, political economy, and media studies in order to provide global, debt-free education to all.
I am committed to working on the present and future of education as a collaborative enterprise – and I build networks of learners within the spaces of higher education, business, and technology. It’s a special and unique joy to be able to build ReasonIO alongside Greg – as his partner, as his wife, and (fan-girl alert!) as his biggest fan.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or ideas about how we might work together!