I am currently an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. My wife Gina is an Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing at Texas Christian University. Our twin boys, Samuel and Nathaniel, are in second grade. Our favorite activities as a family are bike riding, playing board games, reading books, building contraptions out of Legos, and attending activities at our church. I received my Ph.D. in 2009 from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Instructional Technology. I hold a Master's degree from Colorado State University and a Bachelor's from Utah State University. I previously have held positions at the University of Illinois Springfield and the University of North Texas. I have also worked as an Instructional Technology Specialist at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas, and I taught public school for 8 years in Grapevine, Texas and Casper Wyoming, my hometown. My favorite assignment to date was coaching high school cross country and boys' soccer, and I miss it terribly.
The most important things to me are my faith, my wife and family and my calling as an educator. Leaving the K-12 classroom for a career in higher education has not been a departure from teaching for me. I see it as a different way to influence the lives of students by preparing the teachers who will work with them. You can read more about me on my Meet the Prof profile, or on my family blog.