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Mark L. Parker is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Continuing Studies at Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He is responsible for the online bachelor’s degree completion programs as well as all non-degree continuing education courses and programs. He also serves as the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ quality control officer for online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Prior to joining Norwich University in 2013 he worked at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he specialized in the creation, management, and improvement of UMUC’s online courses and programs. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University, and his PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His areas of research interest include intercultural and technology-mediated communication; factors affecting student success and retention in online/Web-based education; and English as a second/foreign language. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he has more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration and teaching.
Karie Thomson is the student services advisor for the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs and has been with Norwich University for 10 years. Karie is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management at Colorado State University. Prior to Norwich, she served 4 ½ years in the U.S. Army where she was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and Camp Zama Japan. Karie also spent 3 ½ years in the Vermont National Guard.
Cyndi Levy has taught courses in political science, strategic studies, and public administration at Norwich University, Colorado College, Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest, the U.S. National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where she also served as assistant provost for external affairs. Her career includes service as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, as an analyst at CIA headquarters in Langley, the Maritime Administration, and as the Executive Assistant to the former Dep Director of the CIA, Dr. Ray Cline, while he was the Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has also served as a Legislative Aide for Defense and Intelligence for US Senators Orrin Hatch and John Chafee. She received an AB from Syracuse University in Soviet and East European studies and socialist economics, and studied for a MA in law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in strategic studies and international law. She then studied for her MPA and subsequently pursued a PhD in American government and public administration at the Maxwell School of Public Administration. While assigned by the US Naval Postgraduate School to teach at Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University of the Republic of Hungary, she studied for her PhD in military strategy and philosophy. Along the way, she was awarded an Honorary PhD from Moscow State University in Russia. She is also the owner of Hilton Head Design, an artisan glass company.
A member of the Norwich University faculty since 2008, David Blank primarily teaches courses in chemistry and forensic science. He previously held teaching positions at Dartmouth College, Castleton State College, and Keene State College. In addition to teaching, he works as an independent contractor conducting pharmaceutical industry and chemical research. The owner of five patents and the author of more than 20 publications, he holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Dartmouth College, an MBA in organizational leadership from Norwich University, an ScM in analytical organic photochemistry from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BS in chemistry from Albright College.
Brett J. Morash recently retired rom the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer for over 20 years, gaining diverse leadership experience in assignments across the globe. He is currently the Director of Veteran’s Services at Services for the UnderServed, Inc. a nonprofit based in New York City focused on improving at risk people’s lives. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple programs related to veterans' issues including homeless prevention, employment, mental health and wellness, with over a $15 million annual budget. Prior to retirement his final assignment was on the military faculty of the U.S. Naval War College where he educated military officers and senior civilian personnel on strategy, risk analysis, and operational planning. He received a bachelor’s in marine transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He furthered his education at Framingham State College earning a master’s in business administration. He later earned a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is currently a PhD candidate at Salve Regina University in the Humanities, where his dissertation is entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Union of Islamic Courts.” His professional experience has developed his skills in research, management, technological innovation, and concept creation.
Robert R. Greene Sands is currently a consultant supporting the development of a language and culture program for various agencies within the Department of Defense. From 2008 to 2011, he was culture chair then chair of the Cross-Cultural Competence Department and assistant professor of anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL. He was also the director of the Minerva Initiative for Energy and Environmental Security during his tenure at Air University. He has extensive experience in the development of culture and regional expertise education and training programs for military and other organizations involved in stability operations. He has presented to organizations such as AFRICOM, 17th Air Force, the US Air Force Expeditionary Center, the Joint Chaplains College, the JAG School, Advanced Air Mobility Operations, Joint Military Attaché School, Joint Foreign Area Officer Phase One course, Defense Intelligence professionals, among others. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, his MA from Iowa State University, and his BA from Illinois State University, all in anthropology. He has taught all fields of anthropology in multiple colleges and universities and has authored six books, and numerous chapters and articles on topics such as environmental security, building partnerships and sustainability, ethnographic theory, and the cognitive origins of religion. Along with Dr. Allison Greene-Sands, he is co-editing the seminal volume on cross-cultural competence in support of 21st Century military operations. He is also one of the acknowledged experts in teasing out the intersection of sport and culture in contemporary society. His 20-plus years of research in this area provides potential solutions to conflict resolution and preserving cultural security around the world.
Allison Greene-Sands is the associate director for Culture for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. She is responsible for the research and study plan for the role of culture in Department of Defense (DoD) policy, which entails analysis of DoD culture-related policies, requirements, and capabilities in the operations and planning process for the Defense Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program. She has also worked for multiple non-profit organizations supporting intercultural conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus, and was a doctoral intern at the North American NATO Headquarters (Supreme Allied Command, Atlantic) in Norfolk, VA. She received both her PhD and MA in international studies from Old Dominion University, and holds a BA in philosophy from Dartmouth College. Her research focus areas include intercultural conflict resolution, culturally-based language pedagogy, and the impact of the Internet on diplomatic communications. Along with Dr. Robert Greene Sands, she is co-editing the seminal volume on cross-cultural competence in support of 21st Century military operations. Languages studied include French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
R. Alan King specializes in 21st-century security matters, counterinsurgency, strategic communications, and Middle Eastern geopolitical issues. He is a retired colonel of the Army Reserve and has been an advisor to both state and defense department leaders. In 2004, he served as a Civil Affairs Battalion commander and the deputy director of the Office of Provincial Outreach, Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and as a senior member of the ceasefire negotiations in Fallujah.
His book Twice Armed, An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds in Iraq received the 2008 William E. Colby Military Writer’s Award for contributions to intelligence operations and international affairs.
King holds degrees from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Air Force Air War College, Webster University, and East Tennessee State University. He is pursuing his doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Randy Miller teaches in both the Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program as well as the Teaching and Learning Certificate program. He graduated as a member of the Norwich Corps of Cadets in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and then served on active duty in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division.
He worked in the pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors for several years before becoming an educator, and has taught online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses at various levels, including six years in the Dominican Republic. He returned to Norwich as a student and earned a master’s degree in diplomacy in 2007 and a Teaching and Learning Certificate in 2009. He is an active alumnus and has written two books about Norwich history, Norwich Matters and Norwich Heroes.