The Contributions and Backstory of Dr. David Proudfoot

The Contributions and Backstory of Dr. David Proudfoot

 

Dr. David Proudfoot is a Director of Public Relations and Communications, a Senior Research Fellow, and instructional leader at the University of Phoenix. He has led the communications and positioning strategy for the Research and Scholarship Enterprise, its various research and scholarship segments, faculty development products and student growth initiatives such as the Dissertation to Publication Workshop, developed by Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi which has enabled over 600 faculty and alumni to publish their research in an academic journal. Under his leadership, the University of Phoenix launched the first-ever online research conference, the Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit, with 800 participants and over 100 online assemblies from plenary sessions to workshops to informal social events. John Woods, Provost of the University of Phoenix, described Dr. Proudfoot’s leadership as forward thinking and termed the conference, "a poster child for innovation."
 
Dr. Proudfoot has served as a Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research for several years which has enabled him to model and cultivate the foundational understanding of the standards, requirements, ethics, and support systems to do research successfully. His expertise and research spans the areas of student-centered learning, improving the quality of teaching and learning, and sharing the science of children’s learning with the general public to increase family engagement. His research--a causal comparative study of examining the use of online science kits altered students’ science achievements was one of the first sponsored research projects for the Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research. Currently, Dr. Proudfoot leads the Special Interest Group for Digital Teaching and Learning Resources which affords interdisciplinary scholars and external partners the opportunity to work together to advance the quality of online learning experiences by leveraging digital teaching and learning resources, specifically video chat technologies and collaborative learning tools.
 
Dr. Proudfoot has long been an educator, starting his career as a teacher where he developed skills in instructional design and assessment. After several years in the classroom, he was appointed to Assistant Principal and later to Principal.
 
 
 
As school principal, Dr. Proudfoot reached out to civic associations trying to figure our ways to better serve the community and led a multi-year transformation of an elementary school into a complete 21st century technology learning environment to prepare globally-competitive graduates. This involved redesigning curriculum in the core content areas and redefining what instruction would look like in a blended learning environment, while placing a stronger emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills.
 
 
Currently Dr. Proudfoot is working to execute innovative ways to extend the reach of scholars, practitioners, and leaders for impacting their respective fields through the development of the 2019 Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit. He continues to serve as a state and national presenter on topics such as professional development, the transformation of teaching and learning, and leading through change in a digital era.
 
Dr. Proudfoot holds a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Central Florida, a master of arts degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a doctor of science degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He and his wife are the proud parents of one child, who inspires them to learn each day.
 
Dr. Proudfoot is truly a fixture for the University and his colleagues look forward to the continuation of his leadership to develop a community of scholars who will enhance student persistence, progression, completion and growth.

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