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I am a leader and researcher in education. My passion is transforming education through interdisciplinary and international collaborations and research. My vision is to create effective and meaningful models of education that work for all by working at the nexus of theory, policy, and practice. I live in New York City with my wife and two cats.

My scholarly contributions are in the areas of leadership, innovation, student engagement, faculty development, curriculum design, and international education. I enjoy developing new models, theories, and concepts through academic research. I have co-edited and co-authored seven textbooks on learning-centered teaching using innovative technologies and one textbook on meaningful learning. I am the editor of two academic journals and editor of a book series on innovations in teaching and learning and an anthology series on contemporary teaching and learning.

My teaching and research interests include educational leadership, learning communities, creative learning, meaningful learning, happiness (felicitology) in education and their intersections. I have taught over 180 college and university courses in management, leadership, economics, and technology. I am a mixed methods researcher specializing in qualitative research, with a special interest in human experience and meaning-making (e.g., phenomenology, interpretive research, hermeneutics).

My professional experience includes 22 years of practice in leadership, innovation, teaching, and research. I have managed academic programs at colleges and universities in the USA and Europe. I founded one of the world’s largest and most diverse global professional learning communities focused on transforming teaching and learning around the world. I consult with institutions on learner engagement, instructional leadership, institutional development, and international education.