When I started my career as a Music History Professor about four decades ago, I was still using a typewriter. Much has changed in the intervening years. Indeed, this was brought home to me when I returned to the classroom to teach after nine years as the Dean of Fine Arts and Communications. As I struggled to engage students, I realized that the traditional ways of teaching weren’t working anymore. Too young to retire, I started questioning - and ultimately transforming - the way I taught. This drew attention. I was named California’s Higher Education Professor of the Year, formally recognized by the California state legislature, and selected as a Pew/Carnegie scholar in the discipline of music.
My experience inspired me to want to help my colleagues around the country improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. The College Teaching Techniques series, the K. Patricia Cross Academy, and Faculty2Faculty - The Alliance for Research Based Teaching and Learning are the results of my efforts. Welcome to this website, which chronicles my rewarding work as an educator, author, and musician.