D.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
Adjunct Assistant Professor
As an organizational development specialist, Thom provides advisory and consultant services regarding organizational culture, knowledge transfer and workplace learning, and change management; and his professional experience spanning a variety of disciplines including vocational counseling, logistics management, financial analysis, and information technology.
His primary areas of interest within adult education and human resource development are learning both as a component and a consequence of aging and adult development; oppressed and marginalized groups to include women, people of color, those perceived as dis/abled, and sexual minorities; learning in community action and social networking groups; and computer mediated and distance learning. His two decades as a hospice volunteer underlie his appreciation of lifelong learning to include the final stages of life.
Dr. Bettinger's teaching experience includes courses in diversity and social issues, critical media literacy, and pop culture as pedagogy. He is a member of numerous professional associations, and is both a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an Intrinsic Coach. His writings and professional presentations cover a wide range of topics including learning in midlife, blended learning, workplace diversity training, issues dealing with sexual minorities, and factors influencing occupational choice.