Mobile, AL 36688-0002
M.B.A., Management and Marketing, University of North Alabama, 1992
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida, 2008
- Air War College, Air University, Jun 2013
- Air Command and Staff College, Air University, 2007
- Squadron Officer School, Air University, Jan 2000
- Academic Instructor School, Air University, Apr 1999
My teaching approach is founded on the simple premise that I care that students care about their education. I believe ignorance fosters many of our personal and societal woes and that education is the means to solving these problems, leading to a more empathetic, prosperous, and humble world. In fact, my main goal as a learning facilitator is to ensure my students are given every opportunity to fully understand and retain course content. With that in mind, I am constantly seeking new and engaging instructional methods to improve the level of participation and knowledge comprehension in my courses. If a student is making sincere and genuine efforts to succeed in class, then I believe it is my obligation as an educator to do everything I possibly can to ensure they are successful—for as my students succeed, so do I.
First and foremost, I am a family man and a firm believer that education is the means to an empathetic world. I am a son of the Gulf Coast and as such, I bleed muddy water. Secondly, I am a Music Man. Here is the rest of my story… Following my initial, and very brief, attempt at being a college student, I led a successful 12-year career in both the food service and retail music industries. However, seeking to improve my professional repute, I returned to the University of North Alabama to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Music and a Masters of Business Administration. Shortly thereafter, I was accepted into Officer Training School and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. My 20-year military career included overseas tours in Iceland and England, several stateside assignments, and a wartime deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. I have humbly received numerous citations and awards, to include the Allen E. Dorn Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year (2011-12), the Philip D. Caine Award for Outstanding Instructor of the Year (2010-11), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and have been an Assistant Professor at South Alabama since Jan 2015. P.S., I am an impassioned Beatles fan!
IST 302 - Interdisciplinary & Critical Thinking
IST 310 - Global Leadership in the 21st Century
IST 420 - Community Development & Leadership
IST 425 – Workplace Learning and Development
IST 494 – Directed Study
IST 495 - Professional Leadership & Teamwork
IST 498 - Internship I: Capstone Experience (W)