Jeff Presents...

Consulting, Communication, & Creativity
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About Jeff
 
Hi! My name is Jeff Borden and in addition to other things, I am a professional speaker.
 
I hold a few titles and positions - here is a short (believe it or not) description. My titles include Chief Innovation Officer, Professor, Speaker, and Consultant, although I'm most proud to be called Husband and Daddy - my daughter helps me apply all of this "education stuff" every day!
 
Since 2014, I have been the Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University.  My job is to marry 8 distinct lines of strategy, operation, theory, and innovation to bring forward a platform of "best" teaching and learning, at scale, across all modalities.  In other words, I work with faculty, administrators, and students to make next generation learning design and innovation really happen.   Next, I am a speaker / consultant for everything from education theory to eLearning, technology, communication, instruction, and culture. Since 2007 I have given over 100 keynote addresses, as well as hundreds of workshops, seminars, webinars, trainings, and other types of presentations. I have led an academic "think tank" and currently use that research as one filter for our work at Saint Leo.  An ardent believer in pragmatic neuroscience and its implications in education settings, I often speak about what science knows vs what education does.  I speak to organizations about change, culture, and provide "e-vangelism" for online education, pedagogy, best practices for online education, system training, growing successful programs, etc. 
 
My doctorate is in Education Leadership (with an emphasis in Instruction). I graduated Summa Cum Laude and my dissertation findings around online class size as it relates to success (identified as completion rate and grade) receive about one hit per day on Google. I also hold both a B.A. and M.A in Rhetoric and Human Communication, which have been the types of classes I have taught for the past 17 years. Both on-ground and online, I have taught several upper and lower division Human Communication courses for the University of Northern Colorado, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and several other institutions around the country. In addition, I was Program Coordinator of Basic Public Speaking & Rhetoric for the largest program of its kind in the United States at MSCD. I am currently an adjunct instructor at Chaminade University as well as Southeastern Community College, teaching various communication, education, and computer courses.
 
As a communications major, I began using my public speaking talents while still in Grad school. In fact, I worked weekends as a comedian to help supplement my education. Today, I am often asked to speak and keynote at conferences as well as present workshops and seminars to dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of audience members for various companies, institutions, and organizations. Some of my topics include: effective teaching, creativity, communication consulting, learning styles for today's learners, outcomes & standards creation, eLearning, authentic tasks & assessment, nonverbal communication, Master Teaching, and general education topics. 
 
In addition to my academic service, I have also consulted for both profit and non-profit companies / organizations around the country in the areas of organizational, small group, intercultural, courtroom, and interpersonal communication. In 2001 I was able to develop and begin presenting a seminar series, “Teaching Master Teachers: Practical Teaching Applications.” This series has been presented on several college campuses as well as to National Public Radio, ABC West, the American Association of Doctors, and in various other corporate settings. I have consulted with various District Attorney's offices as well as facilitated the Weld County Children's Code among most judicial, political, and legal entities.
 
I've published a workbook for public speaking (3rd ed.) as well as several articles and illustrations for various communication books.  I am a Wired Innovation Blogger, continue to blog for my own department's website (http://innovation.saintleo.edu), and write guest articles for various consortia and publications.  I’m a member of many speaking organizations and occasionally still perform stand-up comedy just to keep myself grounded.
 
In my “free” time, I have written several plays and musicals, which have been performed at various locations around Colorado and I continue to try and publish the great American novel. (Publishers, if you are looking for a great suspense / thriller, look no more! "Judge & Jury" needs a Publishing home so contact me immediately!) I still love disc golf where I took 18th at the World's competition a few years back (www.pdga.com) and I try to play the guitar as much as I can. But my favorite thing to do is spending time with my wife Keena and our daughter, Addison (Addie). Watching her learn and grow is as amazing as anything I've ever been fortunate enough to participate in.