CTL Associate Director
Office: 040 - Lower Level, James B. Duke Library
Mike began his teaching and coaching (cross country and baseball) career in 1993 and was subsequently selected into the NASA Classroom of the Future’s Master Teacher Cadre for his innovative physics/chemistry teaching and effective use of technology. He was also proud to be named Teacher of the Year for the Asheboro City School District in North Carolina in 1998.
Graduating from Furman with a chemistry degree, Mike continued his graduate studies (M.A.Ed.) at Wake Forest University focusing on the impact of user control and interface design on learning. His experience includes building data driven websites and portals at corporate and university levels, along with managing teams and projects. Mike received his Java Programmer Certification in 2001, but he's starting to work with PHP, Python, and R.
Mike has enjoyed recent GIS project work and his mapping trip to Costa Rica so much, that he recently completed his second masters (this one in GIS), through Penn State University.
Mike team-taught Interdisciplinary Studies 59 (E-merging Learning Technologies) with Diane Boyd in the spring of '08 and taught SCI-101, Mission to Mars in the fall of '08, and FYS Mars - Shoulders of Giants in the fall of '09 and '10. He has been teaching GIS every year since spring 2011. In 2015 he co-taught a May Experience course with Doug Koppang ('76) and Anna Riethman ('15), Fly Fishing and River Conservation. This spring, Mike will be teaming with Matt Cohen (EES), 11 students, members of the New Washington Heights community, and Greenville County to envision possibilities for a 27-acre recreational space during the May Experience semester. There will be maps.
He recently worked with Diane Boyd and Drew Woten on web-based GIS project to map and analyze Hurricane Katrina commemorations and is continuing a project in his GIS class (a collaborative initiative with Furman's Physics Department) in an effort to improve local streetlighting.
His favorite pastime is hanging out with his wife and daughters. He also enjoys trail running and discovering new music and recently started playing the bass guitar.
Mike also authors an ed tech blog.