I believe that personal and professional vitality is more important than productivity, but also that producing our most meaningful work helps keep us vital.

I’m a Faculty Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech and spent 12 years as a professional writing and rhetoric professor at Elon University. I’m also a Certified Scrum Master through Scrum dot org and the author of Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching (available from the University of Chicago Press). I help faculty members in higher education growing their teaching and learning superpowers and maximize their work using strategies adapted from the Scrum project management framework.

I have studied and practiced Scrum in a variety of ways over the last eight years and am a Certified Professional Scrum Master I through Scrum.org. Believing in the value of this framework, I have published peer-reviewed articles, given numerous keynotes and workshops for both faculty and students across the United States, and taken over 75 hours of training and professional development in Scrum practices and leadership. I’m also deeply interested in project-based learning, service learning, design thinking pedagogies, and the rhetorical counterparts techne and metis. Click here to view a sampling of my publications and projects.

When I’m not working with faculty, writing, or updating my Scrum board, you can find me curled up with a good book about creativity or space travel, adding motivational stickers to my paper planner, or at the barn learning dressage on a 17hh warmblood/thoroughbred/draft horse mix named Cody.

The book, Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching, is available from University of Chicago Press and Amazon. I am available for keynotes, workshops, and individual consultations. Please visit the Work with Me page for more information, and reach out using the Contact form or emailing me at agilefaculty dot rpr at gmail dot com.