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Mark J. O.
BILINGUAL SOCIOLOGIST. INSTRUCTOR, RESEARCHER, SEMINAR SPECIALIST
Bilingual English/Spanish sociologist with years in higher education, offers training, research, planning, consultative, business, social services and international experience.
Instructional Development, Specialized Seminars, English for Special Purposes, Research Interests: Higher Education in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries and Organizational Effectiveness
Visiting Professor at American University of Sharjah September Present months ·Instruct Sociology, Urban Sociology, and International Organizations. Incorporated Writing Across the Curriculum and Global Modules course components. Initiated Spanish club organizing. Asst. Professor at Gulf University for Science and Technology February June years months ·Lectured in Sociology, Social Problems and Urban Sociology. Researched private liberal arts education&;s impacts in GCC countries. Created Sociology minor. Served on University Council and faculty recruitment. Piloted Writing Across the Curriculum project with ESL department head. recommendations available upon request Adjunct Sociology Instructor at University of Maryland University College March March years month ·Taught Sociology, Social Problems to members of U.S. Armed Forces enrolled in UMUC programs at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Teamtaught special topic seminars at Camps Arifjan and Buehring. Bilingual Caseworker at Nebraska Health and Human Services September February years months ·Processed applications from Spanish speakers for Medicaid and other support. Interviewed clients; updated cases for public assistance. Recognized by NHHS state office for cost saving proposal. recommendation available upon request Adjunct Sociology Instructor at Iowa Community Colleges August January years months ·Instructed Sociology and MacroEconomics at Iowa Western at Harlan and Sociology at Southwestern at Red Oak including remote hookup broadcasts to Creston and Oseola campuses.
Rural Mental Health Project Assistant at Matthews Mental Health Center September August years ·Developed sucessful funding proposals targeted at Federal Emergency Management Agency and others for counseling for addiction, gambling, domestic violence, etc. for rural West Central Minn. farmers. Collaborated with Farm Business Management and Ridgewater College representatives. City Planning Consultant at City of Morris August August year month ·Drafted year Comprehensive Plan for the city drawing on community visioning sessions and other sources. Secured volunteers to create GIS land use map from donated CAD base map. Began focus groups that led to a Regional Fitness Center and improved housing rental codes. Adjunct Instructor in Economics at University of Minnesota, Morris March May months ·Discussed Latin American development in an Economics seminar drawing on various facets of Colombia&;s economy as a model case. Students researched and created own country profiles. Training Consultant at O. y Asociados January December years ·Owned an instruction and consulting business serving petroleum and publicity companies in Bogotá, Colombia. Authored plan defining Mobil&;s Latin American Training Center&;s activities. Conducted seminars at Top Management International. Tripled company income in years. recommendation available upon request
Independent Coursework Desktop Geographic Information Systems GIPS
Grant Proposal Writer at Fundación Cultivar, Bogotá, Colombia September December year months ·Wrote proposals and obtained project funds including for medical equipment for a school clinic. High School English Teacher at Peace Corps ·Taught English to grades , , at a regional high school in Enda Selassie, Tigre, Ethiopia British SubAqua Club Secretary at Kuwait Mantas October January year months
Spanish English Full professional proficiency Native or bilingual proficiency
The Case for Neighborhood Reinvention in Kuwait Progressive Planning Authors: Mark J. O. "The Case for Neighborhood Reinvention in Kuwait" Progressive Planning, No. , Spring , pp Since the &;s and &;s, Kuwait City has lost swaths of historical, traditional and later architecture to demolition carried out in the continual reconstruction of the cityscape. In this context, interest in the reinvention and retrofitting of established neighborhoods is one of the few remaining responses. The paradox of neighborhood reinvention is that this could also be an opportunity for the state to legitimate itself ... Resolving Liberal Arts&; Needs for a Muslim Majority Setting: Some Organizational Issues for Research CG Publishers Authors: Mark J. O. Contingency models of liberal arts education focus on goals, mission and measurable components such as productivity or efficiency. Successful implementation of liberal arts in Muslim majority countries must address the following: a shared vision of liberal arts, student engagement, curriculum and program development and broader accountability structures. A shared vision of liberal arts presupposes that underlying tensions regarding knowledge aims, identity construction and technology&;s role in society are resolved at the educational institution level.
BilingualSpanish Problem Solving Teaching Training & Development Translation Innovation Data Analysis Education Grant Writing Government Knowledge Management Languages
Microsoft Office Nonprofits Organizational Development PowerPoint Planning Qualitative Research Research Strategic Planning Writing Curriculum Design Sociology Public Speaking Higher Education
Cornell University PhD, Development Sociology, Activities and Societies: Teaching Assistant Supervisor in Rural Sociology Ohio University MA, International Affairs, Activities and Societies: Field Graduate Student Representative University of MinnesotaMorris BA, Sociology, Activities and Societies: History Teaching Assistant.
Honors and Awards
Scholar of the College Award, International Affairs Fellowship, Rural Sociology Field Fellowship
Instruction, specialized seminars, GCC higher education, organizational, urban and elearning research, consultative planning, scuba diving, catamaran sailing, crosscultural experience
Mark J. O.
BILINGUAL SOCIOLOGIST. INSTRUCTOR, RESEARCHER, SEMINAR SPECIALIST
people have recommended Mark J.
"Having worked with Mark O. at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait for a number of years, I found in him a dedicated, hardworking colleague who approached all tasks with enthusiasm and integrity, both in his teaching assignment as well as in the various committee assignments on which we worked together. Mark is a wonderful colleague, friend and will be an asset in any community." Gina Cinali, President, MENAAIR, MENAAIR, worked with Mark J. at Gulf University for Science and Technology "Dr. Mark O. and I collaborated on a writing across the curriculum program for two years. Understanding the value of such a program, he was instrumental in obtaining authorization from Gulf University for Science and Technology administration to set up the program. His ideas and suggestions were always insightful and thought provoking. Furthermore, he incorporated Champlain College&;s Global Modules as part of the program, which promoted a crosscultural exchange of ideas that later found their way into students&; writing projects. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance." Ann Newman, Instructor, Gulf University for Science & Technology GUST, worked directly with Mark J. at Gulf University for Science and Technology "Dr. Mark O. has over years experience of American liberal arts education in the Arabian Gulf from the Gulf University of Science and Technology and the American University of Sharjah. This experience, Dr. O. has combined with cutting edge research on the topic of Americanstyle higher education in the region. I have known Dr. O. since visiting the Gulf University of Science and Technology for research in , where Dr. O. was most helpful in introducing me to the institution and faculty there. We have since stayed in touch about our common research interest in American higher education in the Arabian Gulf. Dr. O. has conducted cutting edge research into liberal art&;s impact on the organizational structure of GCC higher education. In this research, Dr. O. provides heuristic insights from contingency theory analysis for higher education in the GCC. Dr. O. places regional American higher education in the rentier state context, extending rentier state analysis into liberal education and its impact on the state and viceversa. In his research and publications, he is raising the question of the relationship between knowledge forms, organizational structure and identity construction of Muslim youth. This research is based on appropriate case
study methodology and grounded field research to lay the basis for larger systematic inquiries." Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Research Fellow, Harvard University, was with another company when working with Mark J. at Gulf University for Science and Technology "My friend Mark is competent, knowledgeable, and resourceful. I would thoroughly endorse him!" Bud Cassiday, Staff Representative, Nebraska Association, worked directly with Mark J. at Nebraska Health and Human Services "Mark did a superior job of integrating himself into the local culture in Colombia, and this put his clients at ease. He also varied his teaching techniques and approach depending on the ability and learning style of the clients with which he worked. The results that he and the rest of his staff were able to produce with the students established the credibility of the company and led to many referrals for new business. The reputation he established was key in landing corporate accounts like Occidental Petroleum in Bogota. Mark has applied these same qualities in his other positions which have led to his success there as well." Brian Butler, Communications Officer, Latin America Caribbean, Opportunity International, reported to Mark J. at O. y Asociados
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