Curriculum Vitae


June 2013 – May 2016

Ed.D. – Education Leadership & Technology

Morehead State University

Dissertation: The Head of the Holler: Guided Place-Based Digital Education in Rural Appalachia

Chair: Dr. John Curry

Sep 2005 – June 2008

MFA – Filmmaking // Writing and Directing

Ohio University School of Film

Aug 2001 – June 2005

Bachelor of arts in art // Graphic Design

Morehead State University

Field Work

May 2013 – Present

Founder –

a social learning network for Central Appalachia / KVEC

Founder, lead programmer, and designer of a multifaceted website combining social networking with free and open coursework through a personalized LMS system. The project is part of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. Grown to over 5,000 users with an annual readership of over 100,000 in four years with two multimedia production studios and a motion capture and virtual reality suite for digital creation. Funded by the US Department of Education and Appalachian Regional Commission.

Aug 2010 – Oct 2016

Director of New Media And Instructional Design

University of Pikeville

Guided the online presence and digital strategy of the University of Pikeville. Worked closely with the VP of Enrolment Management as an integral part of increasing enrolment by 128% in a five year period. Created the second official varsity Esports program in the United States and crafted an international media message involving the Huffington Post, USA Today and dozens of media companies with millions of daily viewers.

Oct 2012 – Dec 2014

Kentucky Film Educators Task Force

Faculty Advisor

College and University professors advancing the cause of film, television and new media education in Kentucky.

May 2008 – May 2011

Filmmaker and Project Director

The Appalshop

I have developed projects with the Appalshop to produce documentary films about the central Appalachian Region. Duties include film production as well as fundraising and graphic design. I also served as a guest lecturer and mentor for the Appalachian Media Institute at the Appalshop.

Teaching Experience

Aug 2017 – Present

Adjunct Professor College of Education // Graduate School

Morehead State University

Graduate courses taught: EDTC 644 – Multimedia Design // EDTC 645 – Advanced Multimedia

Jul 2013 – Present

Adjunct Professor Film and Media Arts // College of Business

University of Pikeville

Courses taught: History of Electronic Media, Digital Storytelling, Web Design and Development.

Aug 2011 – Jul 2013

Assistant Professor and Program Director for Film and Media Arts

University of Pikeville

Program founder and accreditation prospectus author

Courses taught: History of Electronic Media, Digital Media, Digital Storytelling, Documentary Film, Intermediate Broadcasting, Scriptwriting, Advanced Documentary Production, Broadcast News, Sports Broadcasting, Web Design.

Aug 2009 – Dec 2010

Adjunct Professor

Southeast Community and Technical College

Courses taught: Visual Communications 151, Visual Communications 240 and English 207; Creative Writing with a focus on Screenwriting.

Sep 2008 – Jan 2009

Creative Voices Project

Appalshop and the Asia Society

Educating high school students in both the United States and Indonesia in

community-based media production and curriculum development to provoke social and cultural critique through the arts. The students will enter a global dialogue by recognizing, learning about, and documenting their own communities.

June 2008 – Aug 2010

Creative Voices Project

Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute: Media Educator

The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI), supported by the NEH and NEA, develops the critical and creative skills of young people in central Appalachia by involving them in their communities and the world by producing and sharing media. AMI offers an intensive summer institute and year-round media production training with youth, teachers and community groups throughout Appalachia. Students learn to engage in the world around them and take an active part in the community by creating both video and radio projects.

Aug 2007 – June 2008

Instructor – Film Techniques

Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute: Media Educator

An undergraduate course exploring visual storytelling techniques through the use of 16mm production and post-production tools. Students wrote and directed two silent short narrative projects using Bolex cameras and Steenbeck reel to reel editing systems.


Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality

Motion Capture, Modeling, Programming

Motion Capture: Optitrak motion capture hardware and software suite for virtual and mixed reality application

Virtual Reality: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Open Source VR from Razer

Software: Fusion 360, Optitrack Capture and Edit suite, UNITY

Video Production

Writing, Directing, Editing

Software: Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Open Broadcaster, Storyist, Final Draft, Celtx


Web Development

Languages: HTML, CSS, JS, PHP

Software: Dreamweaver, Brackets, Coda

Libraries: Phonegap

Mobile Development


iOS and Android app development via Phonegap and progressive web apps

3-D Printing

Printing and Modeling

3-D Printers – Ultimaker, Printrbot, Makerbot, DIY builds

Modeling Software – Sketchup, Fusion 360


APR 26, 2017

East Kentucky Leadership Association

2017 East Kentucky Leadership Media and Technology Award for the Holler, an Appalachian multimedia publishing platform

MAR 10, 2017

Kentucky Society for Technology in Education

Presentation: The Holler: Place-based Makerspace & Social Learning Network

DEC 1, 2016

Association of Educational Service Agencies

Presentation: 6 Innovations in 60 Minutes

OCT 13, 2016

Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking SUMMIT

Presentation: The Role of Rural Education and Knowledge Systems

SEP 21-23, 2016

Digital Promise #EDCLUSTER2016 Convening

Collaborative participation for digital education and development

JUL 29, 2016

North American Collegiate Esports Association

Presentation: Creating varsity collegiate esports programs with corporate sponsorship and media development.

NOV 5, 2015

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Roundtable discussion: Head of the Holler, a guided multimedia digital learning magazine for EKY teachers

NOV 5, 2014

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Roundtable discussion: Holler – A Social Learning Network Designed for Central Appalachia

MAR 22, 2013

Appalachian Studies Association

Roundtable discussion: Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute’s Influence on transformative educators in Appalachia.

DEC 07, 2011

CASE Kentucky (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)

Presenter on the transformation process from Pikeville College to the University of Pikeville.

MAR 28-29, 2010

Philips Exeter Academy

Visiting filmmaker and educator for media and communications classes as well as assembly speaker for the 1,500 student body.

FEB 20, 2010

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) : Documentary Fortnight

Presenter alongside other Appalshop filmmakers and staff discussing documentary film in the central Appalachian Region, youth media, and the future of filmmaking at Appalshop. 2-hour presentation.

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