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Joan D. McMahon, Ed.D., F.A.S.H.A.

CEO, Transforming Leaders, LLC
318 Dixie Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204
Professor Emeritus
Human Resource Development
Towson University, Towson, Maryland 21252

bullet B.S., Health Education, University of Maryland, College Park, 1970
bullet M.A., Health Educations, University if Maryland, College Park, 1971
bullet Ed.D., Human Resource Development and Adult Education, George Washington University, 1982

From 1973 through 1996, I was a professor in the Health Science Department at Towson University, involved with the certification of health professionals in the schools and in community agencies. Curriculum innovation, instructional design, instructional methods, and advanced writing were the main areas of emphasis. During that time, I was named a lifetime Fellow in the American School Health Association (F.A.S.H.A.) and worked on the Role Delineation Project for national certification of Health Educators. I chaired a team of faculty at Towson that revised the undergraduate curriculum according to those standards and which received a Maryland Association for Higher Education Award.

In 1996, I transferred faculty positions to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Master's Degree program and the Center for Instructional Advancement and Technology (CIAT) (from 1996-2000) where my doctoral work in Adult Education and Faculty Training would be more useful. In HRD I emphasized graduate curriculum development and innovative instructional design models, plus training in new technologies while teaching graduate HRD online courses in leadership development, professional development, training and development, and team building. At CIAT, I was one of three founders of this faculty development technology center which helped transform technology use on the campus. As the Faculty Program Coordinator, I conceived and implemented the Technology Fellows program which had cross discipline faculty involvement in developing innovative solutions to classroom instruction including the design and implementation of courses in non-traditional (Web) format. Working with the Academic Computing division was essential in stabilizing technology for classroom use. We also designed a significant number of faculty training workshops on instructional design in both high tech and low tech models. As a team member of CIAT, I was largely the liaison between the faculty and the technologists.

In addition to teaching in the HRD program, I was the Orientation Coordinator for the Honors College (2000-2002) and worked with faculty on the development of innovative programs. During Fall 2002, I assumed the position of Acting Director of the Honors College and supervised a staff of six employees.

In January 2006, I retired from Towson University and our team of talented HRD alumni and I formed our consulting company, Transforming Leaders, LLC. Since then, we have been conducting training workshops around the country, focusing mostly on instructional design and online training.
Graduate Courses Taught Previous Courses Taught
Leadership Development (online)
Team Building (online)
Seminar in Training and Development (online)
Professional Development in HRD (online)
Internship and Independent Study in HRD (online)
Program Planning
Organization and Management of [Health] Programs
Curriculum and Planning
Methods and Materials for [Health] Instruction
Introduction to Health Professions
For detailed information about online courses, contact
Work Cited
Dr. McMahon's work has been cited or used around the country by various organizations
and publications:
bullet Chatham College's School of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh, PA
bullet Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL
bullet Louisiana State University, Shreveport; Teaching, Leadership and Technology Center
bullet East Carolina University
bullet Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University, Naval Education and Training Command
bullet Rutgers Business School
bullet SLOAN-C Research Plenary Workshop, national web conference
bullet Maryland Association of Associate Degree Nursing Conference
bullet Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
bullet Teacher Institute, University of Washington, Bothell
bullet Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
bullet Morgan State University, Faculty Development Office
bullet Towson University Center for Leadership in Education
bullet Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX, Faculty Resource Kit
bullet California State University, San Bernardino, Organizational Behavior Course in the Health Services
bullet Parsons School of Design, New York City
bullet University of North Carolina, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Greensboro, NC
bullet Community College of Vermont, Burlington
bullet Frostburg State University, MD
bullet Department of Foreign Language & Communication, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
bullet State of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources, Professional and Leadership Development
bullet Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois, Center for Teaching and Learning
bullet Buena Vista University, Newton, Iowa
bullet Dept. of Educational Research, Technology & Leadership; University of Central Florida, Orland
bullet Montgomery College, MD
bullet Villa Julie College, MD
bullet Magna Publications
bullet E-Learning, Volume III, Issue 1, Nov. 29, 2000
bullet Laptop Magazine as part of an article about teaching, computers and the web (2001)
bullet Howard Community College, MD; Community Colleges of Baltimore County, MD; Cecil County
 spacer Community College, MD; Chesapeake College, MD; University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
Online Learning and Training Activities

national trainer for the online certificate course, Getting Started in Online Teaching (2006-2007)

FIPSE Grant on Quality Matters™ Process Committee (2003-2006)
Met monthly with the Process Team to plan how to roll out the QM project

Certified Peer Reviewer for the QM FIPSE Project and Trainer for Peer Reviewer
Conducted training or reviews for the following:
bullet Frederick Community College, MD
bullet University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
bullet Texas A & M, Kingsville
bullet Lane Community College, OR
bullet Morehead State University, KY
bullet California University of Pennsylvania

Instructional Designer using QM foundation for course design for the following:
 bullet Villa Julie College, 20 courses online in the Forensic Studies Graduate Program
spacer with the Transforming Leaders team
bullet Maryland State Department of Education, Project Open-faculty Online Training
bullet Montgomery County Public Schools, Online Health Education for Students

Editorial Board Member, SLOAN-C's Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2002

Advisory Board, Goucher College, Graduate and Professional Studies, MD

Web-Initiative-in-Teaching (WIT) Steering Committee, Executive Committee member.
Responsible for planning and running meetings of the WIT 2 project of the University of Maryland's
13-campus online faculty development project, 2001-2002

LERN (Learning Educational Resource Network) appointment to the Faculty Advisory Board, June 2002

Blackboard's CourseInfo and Bb 5: Piloted two courses for the University System of Maryland (Professional Development and Team Building), 1999-2000. Part of the USM training team for May
2000-02 workshops for on-line teaching and learning. Emphasis was on re-engineering courses regardless of course delivery software and impact of on-line learning on the campus infrastructure. Continue to teach these two courses online.

WebCT: Pilot project with HRD curriculum, 1997-1999, for graduate courses in Professional Development and Seminar in Training/Development. Emphasis was on technical delivery, innovative course design, and outcome assessment. Worked with a team of faculty and staff to troubleshoot and use WebCT.

Training Materials: Designed a series of faculty and student training materials for on-line teaching that cross disciplinary lines.These were developed into an online site for easy access. Used with USM schools (13 campuses including Towson University), the 3 campuses of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, and a consortium of schools through Maryland Online. Set up generic file structures to help faculty maintain files regardless of course delivery software.

First Graduate course in the nation to meet QM standards
(Leadership Theory and Practice, 2005)

University System of Maryland financial award to conduct a national delphi study to develop a peer review rubric for faculty peer review of online courses, June 2002

Maryland Distance Learning Association, "Best Distance Learning Program" awarded at the 2002 COADEC/MDLA conference, Annapolis, MD; Pedagogy Team for the Community College of Baltimore County Virtual Academy Project

Certified Online Program Planner from LERN, Inc., 2002

Comcast and the Center for Instructional Advancement and Technology Summer Institute, Competitive grant with stipend for developing an online course on Change in the Workplace and mentoring faculty, Summer, 2000

University System of Maryland Distance Education Fellow, represented Towson University in conducting a system-wide pilot of online learning courses, 1999

USM Board of Regent's Faculty Award, one of three Towson University faculty nominated by the University President and recommended by a Faculty Development screening committee, Faculty Service Category, Fall, 1998

Maryland Association for Higher Education (MAHE) Award as project director for the Redeveloped Health Sciences Curriculum: An Assessment Project to Improve Teaching and Learning, as the most outstanding assessment study in Maryland in higher education, May, 1993

Maryland Committee for UNICEF, award presented by US Committee President and Mrs. Christine Sarbanes for work over three years in presenting the UNICEF message through health fairs to more than 2,800 Baltimore City elementary school children, 1992

Who's Who Registry of Global Business Leaders, November, 1992; Who's Who in American Education, 1992 
Consulting opportunities have included Strategic Planning, Curriculum Design, Professional Development, Teaching Online Courses, Wellness in the Workplace, Meeting Management, Time Management, etc.

Clients have included Columbus State University (GA), National Council of Teacher's of English, University System of Maryland, Community Colleges of Baltimore County, Maryland Online, Blackboard, Inc., Black and Decker, Bloomsburg State University (PA), Westinghouse, W.R. Grace, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Free State Health Plan (HMO), Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, American Lung Association, Integrated Health Services, Maryland Hospital Education Institute, Baltimore City Public Schools, Howard County (MD) Public Schools, Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Aids Administration, Health Education Resource Organization (HERO), Delaware Division of Public Health, Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools, Prince George's County Public Schools (MD), Baltimore County Public Schools (MD), University of Wisconsin (Whitewater), Texas A & M (Kingsville).
Recent Relevant Papers/Workshops Presented 
McMahon, J.D., Becker, J., Marrocco, N. Fast Tracking an Online Program with Quality Matters™ Standards, Asynchronous Learning Network National Conference, Orlando, FL, Nov, 2006.

McMahon, J.D. and Tipperman, Milt. QM Research Results: Redesigning a Course from Team Feedback, COADEC Conference, Linthicum, MD, March, 2006.

McMahon, J, Wells, M. and Sax, C. Quality Matters™: A FIPSE project for Peer Course Review, Merlot International Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, August, 2004.

Montalvo, T. and McMahon, J. “Putting your name on your ePaper”, Merlot International Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, August, 2004.

McMahon, J.D. Maryland State Department of Education, through the Gates Leadership Development Initiative, train-the-trainer workshops to develop a Blackboard on-line course for school principals dealing with quality assurance issues, May, 2002.

McMahon, J.D. International Alliance for Teacher Scholars, Lilly-Atlantic Conference on College Teaching, Towson University. April, 2002. Coordinated the 13 campuses of the USM in identifying requests for proposals in the Web-Initiative-in-Teaching Project.

McMahon, J.D. COADEC conference. Annapolis, April, 2002. Coordinated twelve members of a Teacher Education team from around the state for presentations at the conference.

McMahon, J.D. Team leader for Project Synergy, Maryland Higher Education Commission for 12 regional faculty working on identifying Re-useable Learning Objects and developing classroom teaching materials in higher education for dissemination throughout the state and through the national data repository or Learning Objects, Merlot, 2001-2002.

McMahon, J.D. Community Colleges of Baltimore County, Virtual Academy. Facilitator of two day Instructional Design for Online Learning workshop using WebCT. January and June 2001, January and June 2002.

McMahon, J.D. Goucher College. "Best Practices in Teaching with Technology" Conference. Upstream Planning to Prevent Downstream Headache. April, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. COADEC/MDLA. Annual Conference. File Management Issues for Online Survival. Columbia, MD, April, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. Learning Curve for the New Millennium, Keynote, Knowledge Workers Educational Alliance. New York, April, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. and Davidson, N. High Touch and High Tech: Converting the “touch” to online classes. American Association for Higher Education. Tampa, February, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. Faculty Peer Review for On-line Courses. American Association for Higher Education. Tampa, February, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Keynote speaker on The Learning Curve in Restructuring Courses for the Millennium, January, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. Presented at monthly sessions of the USM WIT project on topics such as Upstream Planning to Prevent Downstream Headache, Solving Learning Problems in Online Courses, Helping Students Use Resources Efficiently Online, Reconceptualizing Teaching and Learning Online, File Management Issues for Online Survival.

McMahon, J.D. University System of Maryland’s Web-Initiative-in-Teaching Project, Developed and Maintained an Online Faculty Development Training site through

McMahon, J.D. Maryland Online, a Project of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Online Assessment. January, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. Community Colleges of Baltimore County, Workshop for Tutors on Online Teaching and Learning. January, 2001.

McMahon, J.D. (panelist) Peer Review of ALN courses: Promise, Problems, and Practice. Asynchronous Learning Network, College Park, MD, November, 2000.

McMahon, J.D., Paoletti, J. and Varley, E. Managing learning in on-line classes. Asynchronous Learning Network, College Park, MD, November, 2000.

McMahon, J.D. and Davidson, N. High Touch and High Tech: Can We and Should We? Asynchronous Learning Network, College Park, MD, November, 2000.

McMahon, J.D. Faculty Peer Review for On-line Courses: Implications for Promotion and Tenure. Asynchronous Learning Network, College Park, MD, November, 2000.

McMahon, J. Team Building in Continuing Education. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD, June, 2000.

McMahon, J. Pedagogy of Online Teaching. Maryland Online (consortium of 16 Community Colleges in Maryland ), June, 2000.

McMahon, J. Instructional Design for On-line Teaching. Community Colleges of Baltimore County, MD, two-day transformational workshops, January and May, 2000.

McMahon, J. Changes to Teaching Online. Web-Tools Day, University System of Maryland - Administration, May, 2000.

McMahon, J. Teaching new tricks to old dogs: Transforming experienced faculty. Web Initiative Teaching Conference. College Park, MD, May, 2000.

McMahon, J. Team building on-line: oxymoron or reality? Web Initiative Teaching Conference. College Park, MD, May, 2000.

McMahon, J. Anatomy of a Blackboard course: How to convert your course for on-line delivery. Web Initiative Teaching Conference. College Park, MD, May, 2000.

McMahon, J. Building effective teams in cyberspace. Lilly-Atlantic Conference on Teaching and Learning. Baltimore, MD, April, 2000.

McMahon, J., Paoletti, J., and Lea-Cox, J., Managing learning in on-line classes. Lilly-Atlantic Conference on Teaching and Learning. Baltimore, MD, April, 2000.

McMahon, J. Changing the campus infrastructure through on-line courses. International Conference on Learning with Technology. Philadelphia, PA, March, 2000.

McMahon, J. Dealing with Organizational Change. Manitoba Council of Teachers of English. Winnipeg, Manitoba, October, 1999.

McMahon, J.D. (1998). Six P's for Establishing a Center for Teaching Excellence, Metropolitan Universities, Vol. 9 (2).
Books and Monographs 
McMahon, J.D. 2007. Ethics in online teaching, in Badrul Kahn, Flexible Learning in an Information Society. IGP/INFOSCI/IRM Press.

Walvoord, B., Hunt, L., Dowling.F., McMahon, JD., (1996) In the Long Run: A Study of Faculty in Three Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs. National Council of Teachers of English. This book dealt with faculty transformational changes in teaching.

McMahon JD. (1991). Teaching Strategies for Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Faculty. Center for the Teaching and Studying of Writing, Towson, Md, 100p (monograph). This compilation of works from 18 faculty in 10 different departments was the result of research conducted during the 1988 sabbatical. The research resulted in a theoretical analysis of their work as well as edited suggestions for faculty on improving student writing. The monograph material is currently being used across campus by faculty to improve writing assignments.

McMahon, JD. (1996). Delaware Disabilities Prevention Strategic Plan, Division of Public Health, a plan completed over three years coordinating the efforts of over 20 agencies in Delaware, specifically on disability prevention.
Relevant Articles Published in Refereed Journals 
McMahon, J.D. and Davidson, N. High Touch and High Tech, published at SLOAN-C View, Vol. 2, No. 7

McMahon, J.D. Changing infrastructure in on-line learning. A chapter published in Hin, W and Subramaniam, R.(ed). (2005). Literacy in technology at the K-12 Level: Issues and challenges. Hershey, PA: Idea Group, Inc.

McMahon, J.D. (1998). Six P's for Establishing a Center for Teaching Excellence. Metropolitan Universities. 9(2): 89-92.

Co-editor with Dr. Robert Caret, President of San Jose State University, a two volume series on Faculty Roles and Rewards Revisions, published in the international journal, Metropolitan Universities, Spring and Summer, 1997.

McMahon, J.D. and Caret, R. (1997). Redesigning the Faculty Roles and Rewards Structure. Metropolitan Universities. 7(4): 11-22.

McMahon, J.D. (1993). Performing Major Surgery: A Systematic Process for Curriculum Innovation. Journal of Health Education. 24(1): 14-17.

McMahon, J.D. (1993). Adult Education Instructional Framework. Maryland State Department of Education. (This instructional package was developed as part of an interactive videodisc computer system in teacher education).