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Jan 2008Present

Adjunct Faculty

American Public University System

Adjunct Faculty Member: College 100: Foundations of Online Learning

Introduce students to learning theory, tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.

Dec 2012Present

Project Lead & Sr. Instructional Systems Designer

Coley & Associates

Effectually implement all phases of the Agile/Spiral ADDIE process for an array of clients and their needs, in order to create responsive eLearning courseware solutions. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff, government, acquisition, IT, software developers, subject matter experts (SMEs) and other contractor in our pursuit of quality solutions. I am working with clients across the government including Federal Acquisition, Supply Chain Management, Project and Process Management, and Software & Product Development.

Productively manage project life cycles for all eLearning design and development projects by ensuring 100% on time delivery and staying on budget.

Ensure compliance with SCORM, 508, and other regulations and standards for all electronic components.

Security clearance: NACI/Public Trust

Jun 2007Aug 2012

Director, Instructional Development & Design

American Public University System

Instructional Design | Academic Services | Office of the Provost

Established, assembled, and mentored the creative & innovative APUS Instructional Design (ID) Team

Researched, developed, and managed the continuous course development process through which curriculum, courses and programs are developed, designed, launched, enhanced and maintained with the APUS Instructional Development and Design Model

Demonstrated results managing geographically dispersed staff & consultants on multiple projects while maintaining projected budget, resources & timelines

Nov 2005Jun 2007

Senior Analyst & Instructional Designer

Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Secret-level security clearance | NMCI | Training & Awareness Instructional Designer | Marketing Strategies Senior Business Analyst

Analyzed customer needs, interviewed subject matter experts (SME), researched existing collateral, and used my industry knowledge to develop effective training collateral for US Navy & Marine Corps

Provided in-depth breakdown of engineering documentation in order to create training documentation

Jun 2005Nov 2005

Requirements Analyst

Dulles Micro LLC

Secret-level security clearance | AFSLMO | Analyst | Help Desk Representative | Marketing Communications

Identified and documented functional requirements; interfaced with development teams, project managers and external program managers to ensure traceable & testable requirements for US Air Force

Lead writer of white papers for software applications; researched and drafted press releases

Jan 2002Jun 2005

Special Education Teacher

Fairfax County Public Schools

Teacher/Educator | Case Manager | Technology Resource

Innovative faculty member who worked collaboratively to develop learning outcomes, design and develop quality cross-disciplinary instructional materials with other co-teachers

Evaluated and developed curriculum concepts to deliver the Virginia Standards of Learning (VASOL) core curriculum to general and special education students across multiple core disciplines

Feb 1993Jan 2002

Headquarter Services Manager

Institute of Navigation

Operations | DBA

Managed day-to-day operations of a non-profit scientific association and its employees

Information Systems Manager/Membership Database Administrator

Feb 1991Feb 1993

Security Administrator & Trainer

Information Spectrum, Inc.

Secret-level security clearance | Security Administrator | OODEP

Conducted new & current employee security orientations & training

Maintained classified documents & non-secure internal security database

Processed, instructed and counseled employees with their government security clearances

Jan 1989Feb 1991

Office & Security Administrator

Tracor Applied Sciences, Inc.

Secret-level security clearance | Document Control | Security Administrator

Conducted new & current employee security orientations & training

Maintained classified documents & non-secure internal security database

Processed, instructed and counseled employees with their government security clearances



M.Ed. for Students with Learning Disabilities

Marymount University

Advanced Educational Technology; Student Teaching; Project Based Learning; Science & Math Demonstrations; Virtual and On-Campus Student


B.S. Management

National-Louis University

Applied managerial theories and concepts

Broad business principles such as strategy, marketing and organizational development

Critical thinking, responsible business practices and problem-solving skills

Oral presentation and writing skills, communication skills

Student Cohort; Project Based Learning; Tutor; Networking




Education, training and instructional technology are central to both my professional work and the educational opportunities I pursue. These pursuits have allowed me the opportunity to fully realize how my diverse background has shaped my instructional design principles, instructional strategies, learning theory and philosophy as well as my vision for education, training and technology. At the core of my work and life experiences is my enthusiasm for education and learning success with focus on how technology can thoughtfully augment an individual’s learning experience.

No matter the educational product goal or delivery method, my focal point is to utilize a course design and training development process that includes thoughtful detail to the alignment of learning objectives during the curriculum development process with the underlying curriculum training desired outcomes.

IELOL Alumnus

Penn State University (State College, PA) and Sloan Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), 2010

Sloan-C Effective Practice Award Winner


My presentations and research interests focus on the role of technology in course design and instruction, instructional design process improvement, and curricular goal analysis and gap remediation through semantic analysis.

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Published Paper

Ice, P., Burgess, M., Beals, J. & Staley, J. (2012). Aligning curriculum and evidencing learning effectiveness using semantic mapping of learning assets. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJet), 7(2) 26-31. Available at: