Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation
Jon is presently finishing his Ed.D. in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College (Columbia University) in New York, NY. He will defend his dissertation in Fall 2020. Jon also holds a BA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Playwriting from The New School in New York, NY. Since 2005, Jon has worked in technical and community colleges in the New York City area (mostly in Manhattan and Queens) and North Carolina (Wilkes County). He spent 11 years at Plaza College, a private technical college in Forest Hills, NY, where he served as an instructor of English and Humanities and as the college’s first Dean of Student Life.
In 2018, Jon relocated to North Carolina and was hired as the Director of Faculty and Staff Development at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. At Wilkes Community College (WCC), Jon built an ongoing college-wide professional development (PD) program for both faculty and staff. He worked extensively with instructors, provided department-specific PD, led Learning Communities on Assessment and Online Learning, and trained WCC faculty in their “Online Teaching Training” program. Jon also created a college-wide Common Read Program in which administration, faculty, and staff participated.
Jon also teaches courses (both seated and online) in College Success Skills, Film, and Theatre Appreciation. He has presented at several conferences including the 2019 NISOD International Conference in Austin, TX; 2019 Employability Skills Conference at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, NC; and the 2016 International Transformative Learning Conference in Tacoma, WA.
Jon lives in Winston-Salem and is also an aspiring playwright. He has performed with the Little Theatre of Winston Salem and visits a/perture as often as possible. Jon has also studied French through Personal Enrichment at Forsyth Tech and plans to continue his studies once he has completed his doctorate.