In a 30-year career at Ohio University, I gained extensive experience in curriculum development.  Apart from designing and revising my own courses, reviewing those of colleagues and serving on curriculum committees at various levels, I undertook two major curriculum development projects:

  • Designing the curriculum for the Global Learning Community, a new project-based undergraduate interdisciplinary program (1998–1999).
  • Revising the curriculum for the master's program in Communication and Development Studies (2003–2004).

2005—Dubai and AUD curriculum still under construction

2005—Dubai and AUD curriculum still under construction

American University in Dubai

In the last decade, most of my curriculum development work has been for universities and training organizations outside the U.S.. In 2005, Ohio University was contracted by the American University in Dubai (AUD) to design the curriculum for a new master's program in communications management.  On a three-week trip that also included visits to universities in Lebanon, I conducted the site visit, interviewing faculty, administrators and professionals from Dubai Media City. Over the next year, I led a faculty team that developed the course syllabi, and worked on the accreditation document for the Ministry of Education. 

Russian-language UNESCO Model Curricula

for Journalism Education

In 2007, in response to demand from universities and training institutions, UNESCO  launched its Model Curricula for Journalism Education, an ambitious project  to transform how journalism is taught, especially in the developing world.  The curricula are based on competencies—what a student should be able to do after completing a diploma or undergraduate degree program—and stressed  core skills of information gathering, writing and reporting. 

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From 2009, I worked with UNESCO's Central Asia office to introduce the curricula (or at least some of it) to universities in the region.  Reforming curricula at any university is a slow process.  In Central Asia, where national curricula for state universities are mandated by education ministries, it soon became clear that full or partial adoption would be impossible; even private universities, which have more flexibility than state universities, depend on official accreditation.  We adopted an indirect strategy; rather than asking journalism teachers to change course names, we worked with them to change course content, and to move away from lecture-based methods—the so-called читать лекции (read lectures) approach—to more activity-based approaches.  Three workshops were held—two in Almaty and one in Astana—that brought together journalism teachers and professionals to revise courses and design practical assignments.  

One challenge facing teachers is the shortage of up-to-date  resources in Russian and Central Asian languages.  Although the Model Curricula for Journalism Education was translated into Russian, it was of limited use because all the readings were in English.  In 2009, working with Ohio University doctoral student Arman Tarjimanyan, I undertook what turned out to be a two-year project to identify Russian-language readings and resources, submit them for peer review, and eventually produce a full Russian-language version.  

Communication for Development Online Courses

Short courses for development professionals, developed through Ohio University Without Boundaries; clients included Chemonics, Academy for Educational Development (AED), and international NGOs (2005–2008).

Six-module course on Social and Behavior Change Communication, developed for AED/FHI 360 as part of USAID-funded C-Change (Communication for Change) program.  Developed facilitated (instructor-led) and self-paced versions (2008–2010).

Three-module facilitated course on communication for development developed for UNICEF (2010–2011).  To date more than 200 UNICEF staff have completed the course, with about 70 currently enrolled. 

Malawi Institute of Journalism, 20132014

Over the last year, I've been working as a consultant for the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau (PRB) to help the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) revise its curricula and to integrate population and development issues into course modules.  MIJ has been offering professional training in journalism for 20 years, with over 200 students currently enrolled at its three campuses in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzusu.  The project (funded by the USAID Malawi mission) began with a one-week workshop in September 2013 attended by MIJ tutors and senior journalists and media managers.  The workshop defined a set of core competencies for the certificate and diploma programs, and revised topics and learning objectives for course modules.  Over the next six months, detailed syllabi were developed.  In June 2014, a three-day workshop was help to integrate research and reporting on population and development issues, and to develop practical assignments. 

Since the late 1990s, I have offered workshops for media professionals including journalists, media managers and broadcast engineers.  Most have been sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), and held in South, Southeast and Central Asia.  Some have been funded by UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), others by national broadcasting organizations (All-India Radio/Doordarshan and Radio-Television Malaysia) or private broadcasters (GEO-TV, Pakistan).  Topics have included:



Workshops for TV and print journalists, funded by UNESCO/IPDC, Central Asia Regional Environmental Centre, Almaty, November 2010, and Independent Media School, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, September 2010.

UNESCO workshops for scientists on communicating climate change research to public audiences, Almaty and Dushanbe, July 2009.



Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)/UNESCO/ IPDC workshops for radio and television journalists on reporting on human development issues and public service broadcasting: Kathmandu, Nepal, October 2007, Bangkok, Thailand, January 2007, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2006, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, December 2006.

UNESCO/IPDC workshops for journalists and media educators on reporting education issues and UNESCO’s “Education for All” (EFA) program: Nadi, Fiji, August 2005, New Delhi, February 2005, Kuala Lumpur, February 2005 and August 2004. 


Workshops on legal issues in journalism and media for journalists from South Asia held in Nepal (April 2011), The Maldives (October 2012).


Administrative director, Study of the U.S. Institute on Journalism and Media, a program for journalism educators and trainers from 17 countries, funded by a $225,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, April–December 2010.

Project director for program, funded by a $248,000 grant from the Bureau of Educational Affairs, to improve reporting by Indonesian TV journalists on conflict and ethnic and cultural issues.  This included a one-week workshop in Jakarta, a six-week program in the U.S. for 18 Indonesian TV journalists, and two trips by U.S. journalists to Indonesia, August 2006–August 2008. 



Workshops on legal issues in journalism and media for journalists from South Asia held in Nepal (April 2011), The Maldives (October 2012).


UNESCO/IPDC/AIBD workshops for broadcast managers: Radio-Television Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, June 2013, GEO-TV, Karachi, Pakistan, March 2010, Almaty, July 2007, All-India Radio Staff Training Institute, Bhubaneshwar, India,  November 2003, Almaty, June 2002.


Member of Open Society Institute team advising staff from Mongolian National Radio and Television on implementation of public service broadcasting law, Ulaan Baatar, October 2005.

Report and analysis of Kyrgyzstan media using the IREX Media Sustainability Index for submission as part of the IREX/ProMedia application to USAID for the “USAID/CAR Media and Information Initiative” (ODT 115–01–004), April 2001.

USAID Regional Office of Democratic Transition for Central Asia (Almaty): research and report on barriers to association-building among journalists in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, June–July, 1999.

United States Information Service (USIS), Kyrgyzstan: training and consulting for television stations in Bishkek and Osh, June–July 1998.

USAID Regional Office of Democratic Transition: research and report on economic and legal aspects of media development in Kyrgyzstan, December 1997.

USIS (Kyrgyzstan) and UNESCO: research and planning for establishment of media resource and journalism training center in Osh, December 1995.


For the last decade, I havebeen a member of the faculty team for the annual Oral History Institute at Kenyon College, Ohio, and have conducted oral history workshops for the Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Humanities Council and other groups.  I have presented on most topics in oral history including:

  • How to plan an oral history project, including scope, resources and audience
  • The interview and other forms of oral testimony as historical evidence
  • Framing questions and conducting interviews
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Location audio and video production
  • Proposal and grant writing