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Dr. Michael F. Killeen

Dr. Michael F. Killeen

MIS Adjunct Professor

"Being able to clearly articulate one's plans, ideas and thinking will make students successful in this field. What makes people universally successful is their ability to communicate effectively and to build relationships."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Utah State University
  • M.S. – Brigham Young University
  • B.Ed. – University of Lethbridge, Canada
  • B.A. – University of Lethbridge, Canada

Career Highlights:

  • Have served as a public school teacher, administrator and college professor
  • Taught in four countries
  • Given numerous presentations for the National Association for Gifted Children
  • Have toured throughout the world as a professional musician in the Canadian Air Force

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Which classes do you teach online?

MIS Courses, Gifted and Talented

What do you want students in your courses to learn? What is the learning outcome or objective?

I want students to learn the art of curiosity and develop the ability to ask questions that are important to them. My objective is for learners to discover and realize their potential as people through the content of academic concepts.

Why did you start teaching?

My initial start in teaching was as a musical clinician. I wanted to share my experience and to enable younger musicians to become better than me.

What advice would you give to those considering this program?

Be open-minded and willing to explore in-depth new ideas as well as ones already familiar.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the field in which you teach?

Being able to clearly articulate one's plans, ideas and thinking will make students successful in this field. What makes people universally successful is their ability to communicate effectively and to build relationships.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

The biggest challenge today in most professions is understanding how to leverage diversity into successful and productive work environments.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

I love the beach—my family and I have traveled the Caribbean in search of warm water and clean sand.


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