English Language Teacher, 2015 to present
Centro Linguistico di Ateneo, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
  • Teaches English to university students and personnel
  • Prepares students for TOEFL, IELTS and university language proficiency exams 

Director, 2011 to 2013
Technology Enhanced Instruction and Faculty Support, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University
  • Led the College in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes-based online courses, training products, and multimedia applications
  • Established instructional design policies and oversaw quality of instructional materials and products
  • Consulted with program directors, university faculty and instructors to implement best practice instructional methodologies
  • Developed online courses and materials
  • Liaisoned with campus partners on instructional technology initiatives 
  • Contributed to data gathering informing the College and SDSU instructional aims

Assistant Director, 2005 to 2011
People, Information & Communication Technologies, San Diego State University
  • Provided vision and initiative to infuse ICT into curricula and courses, overseeing all aspects of program implementation and evaluation
  • Conducted research and development of new technologies for teaching and learning
  • Developed instructional materials and lead faculty-development initiatives 
  • Conducted qualitative research and technology assessment studies 
  • Supervised interns and graduate students
  • Oversaw $400K annual budget

Educational Technology Consultant, 2007 to 2008
California State University (CSU) System, Chancellor’s Office 2007-2008
  • Consulted and collaborated with CSU program leaders on system-wide, innovative faculty-development initiatives, designing and facilitating online community spaces using new media to engage faculty across California and the United States.

Educational Designer, 2005
Information Technology, Library and Learning Services, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Developed language-learning instructional resources for online language-learning center and European/Asian collaboration to train e-learning professionals in Asia, including contributing to conceptual development of language center, evaluating extant web-based language learning resources, developing learning modules.

Educational Designer, 2004 to 2005
Center for Teaching and Learning, San Diego State University
  • Developed faculty-development resources including managing faculty e-portfolios, maintaining website, delivering workshops, developing multimedia materials.

Research Assistant 2003
Department of Educational Technology, San Diego State University
P.I. Dr. Minjuan Wang
  • Conducted classroom observations and interviews on a study of computer-use in low-income elementary school classroom.

Online Course Support, 2003
Department of Educational Technology, San Diego State University
  • Supported students and instructor. Developed learning job aids for students. Managed course website in Moodle. Developed instructor podcasts.

Classroom and Corporate English Teacher 1996 to 2002
  • Developed and delivered business English curricula in retraining programs for unemployed adults, effectively handling administrative duties, planning field trips and managed classes of 20+ students in German.
  • Developed and delivered business English and multicultural seminars to multinational corporations.

Select Guest Lecturer
  • “Virtual worlds” SDSU Philosophy Club 2010/2011
  • “Introduction to Virtual Worlds as an Educational Technology” 2007-2010, SDSU Educational Technology Department SDSU, Edtech 572 Technologies for Teaching, Edtec 550 Distance Education
  • “Virtual Ethnography as a Methodology,” 2008, Communication 660 Guest Lecturer

Select workshops

  • “PowerPoint Pedagogy” 2010, SDSU faculty development workshop
  • “The Social Web,” 2009, SDSU, faculty development presentation
  • “Introduction to Second Life” 2007/2008 SDSU, faculty development workshops
  • “Visual Literacy and Multimedia Design with PowerPoint,” 2006, SDSU, student workshop and tutorial

Journal Reviewer

Issues in Teacher Education

Knowledge and Skills

Works regularly with Office tools, web-based and remote-work tools and systems. Experience with Web 2.0 and 3.0 applications, elearning and multimedia development tools, HMTL, CSS, Universal Design for Learning, Blackboard, Moodle, WebCT

Native English speaker, Italian and German


Ph.D. Education, 2010
Claremont Graduate University/San Diego State University
Dissertation: Learning in the Wild of a Virtual World
Chairs: Dr. Farhad Saba and Dr. Linda Perkins

M.A. Educational Technology, 2005
San Diego State University, San Diego, California

B.S. Liberal Studies Cum Laude 2001
Excelsior College Albany, New York

Advanced Diploma in English for Special Purposes -Teaching Business English 2001
The English Language Centre, London, United Kingdom

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language 1995
San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Academic Publications and Presentations