In August, 2011, Jim moved from San Diego State to MiraCosta College, where he is the first Faculty Director of Online Education. His primary focus is collaboration with faculty, administrators, student services professionals, technologists, and students to help MiraCosta strengthen online learning opportunities and support services, with a near-term goal of beginning to offer fully online programs.
Jim was the Associate Director of Instructional Technology Services at SDSU from 2005-2011. In addition to helping manage the activities of the 25-person department, Jim collaborated closely with other faculty support and development units on campus, managed evaluation and adoption processes of emerging technologies such as web conferencing and clickers, and worked with faculty and departments interested in course redesign for increased online learning.
Jim is a 2007 graduate of the SDSU-USD joint doctoral program in education, focusing on educational technology. His dissertation was entitled "A Concerns-Based Adoption Model Study of University Instructors Engaged in Faculty Development for Enhancing Learning with Technology."
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Jim lived in Oregon and worked first as a software engineer for five years and then, after obtaining a master's degree in teaching, as a 4th/5th grade teacher for five years. He has taught numerous educational technology courses at SDSU and USD as well as serving as a technology consultant for USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and coordinator for USD's Center for Learning and Teaching.
Jim has presented at regional and national conferences and has led many workshops on topics related to enhancing learning through course redesign and thoughtful uses of instructional technology.