Doctor Management & Organizational Leadership University of Phoenix-2002
MS Computer Information Systems University of Phoenix- 2000
Master Applied Psychology (Org Behavior) University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR) 1991
Bachelor’s Psychology UALR 1989
Associate Degree Nursing UALR 1973
I have a long history with the University of Phoenix. Presently, I am the Director of Academic Affairs for the University of Phoenix Asia/Pacific Military Programs, which comprises 16 learning centers spread across mainland Japan, Okinawa, Guam, and South Korea. Prior to this, I was the College Campus Chair for the Little Rock, Arkansas campus. I have been teaching for the University since 2000 and was a student from 1996-2002. I have also taught at Chapman University in California. Currently, I also serve as a dissertation chair and committee member. I am the subject matter expert for SAS for phenomenological research.
Academia is actually my third career. I was a practicing registered nurse/nurse manager/nursing director in several specialties to include the Operating Room and Surgical ICU, as well as a military aeromedical evacuation (AE) nurse while on active duty for 12 years in the Air Force. On leaving the Air Force, I managed a large IT department for Scottsdale Health Care and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.
My real adventures began when I joined the Arkansas Air National Guard in 1986 and subsequently going on to active duty during DESERT STORM. I served in various nursing capacities such as Nurse Executive, Ops Group Exec Officer, and deployed squadron commander, as well as an Aeromedical Evacuation Nurse, the latter taking me across the corners of the globe. Of all my assignments, flying was the penultimate of my nursing career and military experience with such ventures as JOINT ENDEAVOR in Bosnia, DESERT SCORPION in Kuwait, and RESTORE HOPE in the Middle East. My travels too me across Europe and other exotic areas living in tents, decked out in combat gear, helmet on my head, and a gun strapped to my hip, never knowing when I would go home or where I would go next for nearly five years.
These were heady times for a nurse from Little Rock. Nevertheless, when one reaches the summit (and the body ages ), where does one go from there? Hospital nursing lost its appeal. Presented with the opportunity to separate early and a hefty incentive bonus, I opted out of the Air Force at the rank of Major to pursue a doctorate, which led to my current career in academics. As it turned out, this became the best-loved journey my life. I had arrived. In addition, it led me to Asia and my current job! Besides ensuring quality education delivery to my students, my jobs also includes faculty administration for some 100 faculty scattered across four countries. My hobbies include needlework of all kinds, computers, quilting, reading, photography, and bike riding when I get the chance. I teach concurrently on line with all my other activities and am a gadget junkie.
Academically, my interests are in business ethics and philosophy. As noted, my research expertise is in phenomenology. I have conducted extensive reading and research into the business failures that have occurred over the past two decades. My dissertation work was on corporate decision-making and how profit maximization factors into ethical corporate decision-making. The outcome was quite illuminating, particularly on the decisions made when profit maximization is the primary concern or organizational leaders and their subordinates, as it promotes high-risk behaviors, failure to consider long term consequences, and produces a climate of greed that is difficult to overcome.
Were that not enough for a lifetime, I am also a proud but humble cancer survivor and living proof there is life after dissertation. You see, I found that if you want something badly enough, no matter what challenges may come your way, you will find a way to achieve those dreams -- then look for more! As Natalie Goldberg reminds me, “ Do what you love. Continue to do it and it will take you where you want to go” (Goldberg, 1986)
Goldberg, N. (1986). Writing down the bones. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Note, I live in Japan. Thus, I am 16 hours ahead of Phoenix time if you call.