Title: Senior Professor, College of Business & Management

Campus: Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Ward is a senior professor at DeVry University where he specializes in business and teaching in private higher education. He shares his knowledge with students by teaching a variety of courses, including project management, computer applications, budgeting and forecasting and general business courses.

In addition to his career as an educator at DeVry University, Mr. Ward has worked as an insurance broker in Canada, an order planner and materials coordinator, as well as a systems project manager in the flexible packaging industry. During his sixteen years at DeVry University, his contributions include the development of curriculum for use in online and onsite/hybrid education delivery formats, as well as the development of online and blended learning courses. Mr. Ward has also lead initiatives involving quality improvement in the form of outcomes assessment with DeVry Canada.

Mr. Ward was a member of the Canadian Institute of Management from 2004 to 2005 and is currently a member of the Project Management Institute and the Sloan Consortium. He obtained a master’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a master’s degree in project management from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management in Orlando, Florida. He has published two articles for The Canadian Manager. These include:  How to Empower and The Three C’s of Participative Management. In 2005, he was awarded DeVry University’s PRIDE Award for excellence in teaching. He is a currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Philosophy in Education with North Central University.

Thought Leadership

-       Predicts that we will see more of an emphasis on the use of technology to deliver courses as broadband technologies get faster and more capable of simulating face-to-face interaction remotely. The current proposed cuts to private education, if they pass, will spur the use of these technologies even faster than they are currently being adopted now.

-       Believes educators will need to keep pace with e-Learning delivery technologies. A greater emphasis on doctoral credentials for private higher education teachers as the reach of the Internet increases the labor supply of qualified professors.

-       We’ll see a smaller full-time professorial workforce, as the reach of the Internet will make the availability of international, qualified, cost-effective, part-time professors available to higher education. We will also see smaller, more decentralized learning centers whose emphasis is on proctored test-taking. A smaller portion of the students’ overall educational experience will occur in a face-to-face format.

To schedule an interview with Brent Ward, please contact Katie Pearson at (312) 861-5248 or katie.pearson@mslgroup.com.

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