I consider myself a bit of a maverick when it comes to Academia as I have worked in both business and education. I was fortunate enough to work with a very wise businessperson and I learned as much as I could during that experience. I have taken what my business experience has given me and incorporated it into my educational experiences, taking many of the principles of business and applying them in an educational setting. Interestingly, an article posted by Margaret Andrews notes the need expressed by businesses for graduates that, as well as a degree, have skills that allow them to work as part of the team and collaborate with others. Many of those skills, including computer skills and interpersonal skills, directly relate to the business world. This is somewhat of a departure from the traditional “scholar” that was once the primary goal of educational institutions. The following is an overview of my experiences.
I love outdoor activities that include kayaking, fishing, and especially camping with my wife, Terry. From early Spring through late Fall, we travel in our A-Liner Expedition and I work from many locations. We both love birding and just being outdoors. Another hobby is keeping track of new apps for MAC and other IOS devices.
I began working with computers as a public school teacher when the first personal computers became available. From that point forward, I have continued to use computers and accompanying software in both education and private business. For many years, I used a PC but then later switched to a MacBook so my focus has been on apps that improve productivity in both areas. I just published a new book for students called “Getting Through Graduate School: Making Technology Work For You,” available in paperback and Kindle. It has the basics for selecting the right computer system and applications to maximize available time and effort. It is a core text for anyone who uses computers in work or school but needs to know the basics about both the hardware and the applications to go with it. My primary motivation for writing and publishing this book came from my observations of those who use computer systems and realizing that they could use those computers and applications more efficiently. Another motivation was to give a guide for students to make wise purchasing decisions that enable them to work more efficiently.
George, R. (2015). Getting through graduate school: Making technology work for you. Bridgeport, OH: SymSys LLC Publishing.
Greene. L. & George, R. (2012). Implementation of Positron Emission Mammography as an adjunct imaging modality in breast cancer: The perspectives of surveyed radiologists. Radiologic Technology, 84(1), 18-30.
George, R. (2011). Critical pedagogy and social justice: The role of emotion and emotional energy. In C. Rossato (Ed.), Teaching for global community: Overcoming the “Divide and Conquer” strategies of the oppressor (Vol. 1). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Kriesky, J., George, R., Cowley, C., Birchard, Z., Knuth, A., & Clark, B. (2010). Research in Appalachia: What are the impacts of mining the mountains? In A. Institute (Ed.). Wheeling, WV.
George, R. (2008). Let go and let life: Ridding yourself of the myth of control. Albuquerque, NM: SymSys LLC Publishing.
George, R. (2007). The sociopolitical psychology of students engaged in a critical health care course: The role of the politics of feeling and emotional energy. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico.
George, R. (2006). The race card: An interactive tool for teaching multiculturalism. Multicultural Perspectives, 8(3), 51-55.
George, R., Wilkinson, D., Currie, G., Albalwei, H., Donato, J., Gleason, J., Kozbial, S. (2012). Perceptions of health care workers regarding ionizing medical radiation: A multicountry perspective. Study being conducted at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV.
George, R. (2004, Spring). Role of emotions in meaning-making for diagnostic imaging students exploring structural inequalities in health care. Pilot study conducted at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM.
Regarding work experience, I would have to say that my first love is teaching! I love to see students as they move through the process of understanding new things. I now have almost 40 years of teaching experience at all levels of education. My education career began as a science teacher in a small Independent school District, teaching grades 7 through 12 science courses. During those 11 years, I also worked as a school counselor, preparing students to move from high school into higher education; and was the first at the school to introduce computers into education. My first computer was a Commodore VIC 20, later moving to a Commodore 64. Software consisted of any code that I could create using BASIC language or that I could type from a magazine. I could see the potential that computers had in education and so I continued to learn. I did software evaluations for the region service center where I worked and taught the first computer literacy course at the school, for both students and for members of the community. As this was the beginning of personal computer use in the United States, I taught students and taught night courses for adults wanting to learn how to use computers. During that same time, I also worked with two local businesses, helping them design their first computerized offices.
Following my experience with public school teaching, I moved into the medical field and became certified in nuclear medicine technology. This led to a faculty position where my primary task was to develop the curriculum for a bachelor of science degree for both radiologic technologists and nuclear medicine technologists. This new curriculum included courses that addressed management issues in medical imaging, human cross-sectional anatomy, and a foundational course in research skills applied to the medical field. This was one of the first undergraduate research courses for medical imaging students. The program was a great success and has since expanded to include specializations in various imaging modalities.
During the same timeframe, I was able to complete my PhD In Education. After completing my degree, I moved to a new job as Program Director for a Nuclear Medicine Technology program. Again, I was faced with restructuring a crumbling program and over the course of a year, was able to revise and strengthen the curriculum so that it prepared students to be technologists, successful managers, and able to conduct clinical research. These courses were expanded to include students from other health science programs and addressed the need for students at an undergraduate level to have research skills. As part of this new curriculum, students were required to develop a research proposal and conduct the research under the auspices of the University Institutional Review Board. Many of these students attended professional conferences and presented their work.
During the time that I was the Program Director, we worked closely with Charles Start University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia to develop a student exchange program. I traveled to Australia to finalize that program. After having developed the exchange program, I was asked to become the Founding Dean of a School of Health Sciences and acted in that role for short period before accepting an online position as Dissertation Chair, working with students who were in the process of completing their dissertations.
Currie, G, George, R & Wilkinson, D 2013, Internationalisation in higher education. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
Currie, G, George, R & Wilkinson, D 2013, Mobilisation, iPads and social media in higher education. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
George, R., Wilkinson, D., Currie, G., Albalwei, H., Donato, J., Gleason, J., Kozbial, S. (2013). Perceptions of health care workers regarding ionizing medical radiation: A multicountry perspective. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
George, R. (2011, October). A picture is worth a thousand words: The use of mind mapping in the planning and implementation of collaborative research. Presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit XIV, Asheville, NC.
George, R. & Wilkinson, D. (2009, October). Role of rubrics in health science courses. Presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit XII, Abdington, VA.
George, R. & Wilkinson, D. (2008, October). Incorporating online resources into health science courses. Presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit XI, Abdington, VA.
George, R. (2008, October). Curricular shift: Making education real for students. Presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit XI, Abdington, VA.
George, R. (2006, October). Critical pedagogy and social justice: The role of emotion and emotional energy. Presented at the Third Annual International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation, El Paso, TX/Juarez, Mexico.
George, R. (2006, March). The role of emotional energy in developing praxis. Presented at the Eighth Annual College of Education Graduate Student Colloquium, University of New Mexico.
George, R. (2004, October). Critical whiteness pedagogy: Pitfalls for a white male teacher. Presented at the Second Annual International Conference on Education, Labor, and Emancipation, El Paso, TX/Juarez, Mexico.
George, R. (2004, September). The Race Card: An interactive tool for teaching multiculturalism. Presented at the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference, Kansas City, MO.
George, R. (2004, September). The Race Card: An interactive tool for teaching multiculturalism. Roundtable discussion at the Patterson Conference, Washington D.C.
George, R. (2004, June). How do students training for healthcare professions respond to, process, and act on their knowledge of disparities in healthcare based on differences such as race, gender, or socioeconomic status? Presented at the New Mexico Excellence in Teaching Association Conference, Taos, NM.
George, R. (2004, March). Positive racial identity development. Presented at the Seventh Annual College Of Education Graduate Student Colloquium, University of New Mexico.
George, R. (2003, April). Loss of white racist identity and how it applies to multicultural education. Presented at the Sixth Annual College Of Education Graduate Student Colloquium, University of New Mexico.
George, R. (2003). Professional communications. Paper presented at the University of New Mexico Hospital- Radiology Department, Albuquerque, NM.
Kawai, Y., George, R., & Torres, A. (2002, October). Globalization discourses in the school curricula: An analysis of textbooks from Japan, Mexico, and the United States (New Mexico). Paper presented at the 10th Inter-American Symposium on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education, Albuquerque.
George, R. (2002). Professional communications. Paper presented at the University of New Mexico Hospital- Radiology Department, Albuquerque, NM.
George, R. (2001). Ethics and the Radiologic Technologist. Paper presented at the University of New Mexico Hospital- Radiology Department, Albuquerque, NM.
George, R. (2001). Cross-sectional imaging of the skull and brain. Paper presented at the Heart Hospital- Radiology Department, Albuquerque, NM.
George, R. (2001). The Hepatobiliary Scan: A Review. Paper presented at the Northern New Mexico Nuclear Medicine Association, Albuquerque, NM.
George, R. (2000). Renal imaging: Protocols and radiopharmaceuticals. Paper presented at the Northern New Mexico Nuclear Medicine Association, Albuquerque, NM.
George, R. (1999). Renal imaging: Protocols and radiopharmaceuticals. Paper presented at the Northern New Mexico Nuclear Medicine Association, Albuquerque, NM.