School of Public Affairs
|Tharp Curriculum Vitae|
Don recently joined UCCS School of Public Affairs as its Educational Technologist. Don wanted to return to academia and to assist faculty and students in their learning; he also wanted to be part of the growing SPA team.
Don considers his greatest professional accomplishment to be the training and leading of men and women. He continues, "Seeing their success in their jobs and their confidence grow as we developed as a team to meet worldwide operational requirements was amazing!" Don's goal at UCCS School of Public Affairs is not totally different: "To assist the School of Public Affairs grow to be a leader in our field of education." To do this he hopes to help the faculty and staff provide a learning environment where they can experiment with learning techniques and technology that would be beneficial to teaching success and student learning by integrating appropriate technology to maximize learning in any given situation. Explaining this goal, Don states, "Technology can be a great tool, but you have to remember it is just a tool and it's how you use the tool that makes it beneficial to the process." This should be an achievable goal for Don as he was named the USAF Academy's Outstanding Educator by his peers and students.
Don has been married over 30 years to his "lovely wife Mona." Together they have two children, both married. Recently, he became a grandfather for the first time. Willow is Don and Mona's min-pin; Willow, Don admits, rules the roost now that their children are gone. Don is an avid reader of fantasy novels, history books, and, of course, instructional technology articles on learning. His favorite quote comes from his high school football coach, "If you ain't trying, you're dying."
In addition to his Ph.D., Don holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the University of Philippines, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College.