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Blake Clifford, Sr.

Instructor & Researcher—Human Relations, Leadership, Management

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

Over a broad career in both managerial and instructional roles, I've meshed creativity and passion with skills in leadership, communication, and motivation to enhance educational experiences and student learning.

With an in-depth understanding of human interaction/relations, leadership, management, and operations coupled with a formidable social perception, I innovatively design and deliver course content as an Adjunct Professor, Manager, and Consultant.

I create collaborative classroom and online experiences for varied learning styles using innovative and compelling approaches to boost student interest and understanding.

Subject Matter Expertise: Management, Influential Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Business Communication, Academic Writing (APA) 

EDUCATION

20142018
University of New England

Ed.D., Educational Leadership

DISSERTATION: Understanding Disinterest: How Online Undergraduate Students Perceive And Respond To Disengaged Faculty Members

TEACHING

2018Current
Robert Morris University Illinois

Adjunct Professor, School of Business

As an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University Illinois, I teach the "Role of the Professional in Society" (Human Relations), "Operations Management", and "Small Business Management" undergraduate classes. I develop and conduct interactive in-class experience-based learning activities as well as written assignments consistent with the students' knowledge base, skill competency, and individual learning needs. I correct and provide substantive feedback to students for homework, quizzes, tests, written and in-class assignments promptly. I serve as a professional role model for students in the areas of collaboration, communication, excellence, and appearance.

2013Current
TakeLesssons.com

Instructor

Teach Guitar to students of all ages and those with special needs, and write brief articles on understanding and learning to play music.

20132016
Tri-Creek School Corporation

Substitute Teacher

Substituted in grades K-12.  Boosted confidence in students, promoted a positive and supportive learning environment.

MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP

2009Current
Strategic Advisor

iGROUPone LLC

Advance business development, operational performance, and profitability with revamped or newly constructed plans, processes, and procedures. Strengthen performance, process, and quality control with proper realignment of administrative tasks, business development, and operational activities with market, industry, and regulatory requirements.

20072008
Director of Operations

Southshore Companies

Successfully developed and implemented company-wide quality program, which culminated in ISO registration and improved operational performance. Directed distribution center operations comprised of more than one million square feet of multi-client facilities located in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Connecticut.

20042007
Distribution Center Manager

Kuehne+Nagel

Sparked operational performance improvement and led financial turnaround of K+N's Chicago multi-client distribution center operations by consolidating five facilities not producing desired results in an existing building and a new pharmaceutical and food grade operation, affording opportunities to acquire new business and cross-sell existing clients.

20002004
General Manager

DHL Supply Chain

Instilled team-based continuous improvement culture, which reinvigorated enthusiasm among employees and increased participation on all levels. Regional Operational Metrics Coordinator. Regional Safety Team. Integration Team for Power Logistics acquisition.

Led and managed operations for three 3PL facilities including a KRAFT FOODS 560,000 square foot distribution center, a HORMEL FOODS 140,000 square foot refrigerated distribution center, and a HOME DEPOT 90,000 square foot 232 door cross-dock facility.

19982000
Operations Manager

Kmart Corporation

Supervised 2nd shift operations for a 1.5 million square foot semi-automated distribution center.  Oversaw all departments (Receiving, Put-Away, Casepack, Repack, Shipping, Yard, Security, Maintenance) directed 18 managers, and 175-350 associates. Pilot DC for new WMS—Manhattan.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Online Higher Education and Virtual Learning Environments—Asynchronous, Hybrid, and Synchronous Student Perceptions of Learning, Courses, Programs, Faculty, Institution, and Higher Education
Faculty-Student Interaction in both Classroom and Online Learning Environments in Higher Education Leadership: Ethical, Transformative, Servant, Situational, Transactional, Laissez-Faire, and Autocratic

Skills

Teaching, Training, and Facilitation

Face-to-face, asynchronous, synchronous online. Blackboard.

Computer and Technology

Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Word.

Financial

P&L, budgeting, forecasting, financial & comparative analysis.

Quality, Safety, Health, and Environmental

ISO, Six Sigma, DOT, FDA, OSHA, PSM/RMP, HAZMAT, USDA.

Business Development

Prospecting, qualifying, relationship building, presentations.

Multi-Site/Multi-Shift Operations

20k—1.2 million sf Ambient, Refrigerated, Frozen, Cross-Dock.