Instructional Designer II at WellPoint
- Norfolk, Virginia Area
- Hospital & Health Care
Brennan Kraxberger's Overview
- Instructional Designer II at WellPoint
- Author at Self-employed
- Director at Community food pantry
- Instructional Designer at ICONMA
- Technical Editor at Elevate Technology Solutions
- Assistant Professor of Government and Geography at Christopher Newport University
- Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University
- Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Iowa
- Adjunct Instructor at Scott Community College
- Graduate Assistant and Presidential Fellow at The University of Iowa
- Mathematics Tutor at The Learning Center, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Landscaper at Self-employed
Brennan Kraxberger's Summary
Skills / areas of expertise: instructional design, learning technologies, health care, project management, technical writing / editing, graphics design, independent publishing, research, public speaking, training, social media, blogging, Six Sigma
Brennan Kraxberger's Experience
Instructional Designer II
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; WLP; Insurance industry
January 2014 – Present (10 months) Norfolk, Virginia
Support Government Business Division (Medicaid learning). Develop learning solutions for clinical and operations associates. Collaborate with internal business partners, learning consultants, and other Performance Solutions (training department) associates.
Community food pantry
March 2010 – Present (4 years 8 months) Hampton, Virginia
Our emergency pantry in Hampton, Virginia serves 180-220 individuals weekly. Duties include: program monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, fundraising, training and supervision of 45 volunteers. I also oversaw the launch of this program, which partners with the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula and Feeding America.
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry
August 2013 – January 2014 (6 months) Norfolk, Virginia
Supported Government Business Division (Medicaid learning) at WellPoint. Developed learning solutions for clinical and operations associates. Collaborated with internal business partners, learning consultants, and other Performance Solutions (training department) associates.
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
May 2013 – August 2013 (4 months) Newport News, Virginia
Performed quality assurance reviews of training materials (text material, audio, video, and websites). Reviewed written materials for clarity of expression, consistency, and content. Served as a narrator for Web-based training products. Collaborated with technical writers, Web programmers, graphic designers, instructional designers, subject matter experts, customers, and project/program managers.
Assistant Professor of Government and Geography
Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry
August 2005 – August 2012 (7 years 1 month) Newport News, Virginia
• Taught 8-9 courses per year in comparative and international politics, American foreign policy, political geography, world geography, and African studies.
• Published scholarly articles in the following academic journals: GeoJournal, African Affairs, Space and Polity, Africa Today, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Asian and African Studies.
• Presented at Association of American Geographers annual conferences, and other professional meetings.
• Led study abroad trips to South Africa, which involved managing all travel logistics and a budget of up to $47,000.
• Served as the principal director of a team-taught teacher training institute with a budget of $40,000.
• Reviewed scholarly manuscripts for 9 academic journals.
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry
August 2004 – July 2005 (1 year) Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Taught 9 courses in environmental geography, political geography, and world geography.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
January 2004 – July 2004 (7 months) Iowa City, Iowa
Taught introductory human geography.
Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry
August 2003 – July 2004 (1 year) Bettendorf, Iowa; Davenport, Iowa
Taught undergraduate geography courses through distance learning and traditional formats.
Graduate Assistant and Presidential Fellow
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
August 1998 – July 2003 (5 years) Iowa City, Iowa (and Nigeria)
Taught undergraduate courses in global studies and geography. Conducted research fieldwork in Nigeria, under the supervision of a faculty member.
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry
August 1995 – May 1998 (2 years 10 months) Columbia, Missouri
I conducted small group reviews and one-on-one tutoring sessions for college algebra and pre-calculus courses. I worked 10-15 hours per week during each of the three academic years I was at the University of Missouri.
March 1995 – August 1997 (2 years 6 months) Carthage, Missouri
I initiated and operated a seasonal summer business with an ongoing average of 35-45 clients, which allowed me to earn my bachelor’s degree without incurring student debt.
Skills developed: customer relations, marketing, accounting
Brennan Kraxberger's Certifications
Six Sigma Certification (Yellow Belt)
- Aveta Business Institute
Brennan Kraxberger's Skills & Expertise
- Technical Writing
- Qualitative Research
- Public Speaking
- Policy Analysis
- Grant Writing
- Developing Countries
- International Relations
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Independent Publishing
- project management
- HTML 5
- Geospatial Technologies
- Research Design
- Six Sigma
- Microsoft Publisher
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Social Media
- Emerging Markets
- Camtasia Studio
- Creative Commons
- Copyright Law
- Blackboard Learn (Web-based courseware)
- Health Care Reform
- Instructional Design
- Curriculum Design
- Program Evaluation
- Project Management
Brennan Kraxberger's Publications
- September 30, 2012
The issue of state failure is both overly sensationalized and under-appreciated in popular discourse. In the West, failed states are too readily associated with terrorist activities. Likewise, publications such as the Failed States Index greatly exaggerate the number of countries with extreme political dysfunction. Too often, huge swathes of the developing world – notably Africa – are perceived as failed. Even so, collapse of effective governance in a minority of states is a pressing problem in Africa, parts of Asia, and elsewhere. In another kind of misperception, policy makers and citizens alike often wrongly assume that fixes for state failure are necessarily expensive.
This short book seeks to re-energize policy discussions and improve public understanding of the world’s most troubled places. When governments do not or cannot provide basic public goods and services such as physical security, courts, and infrastructure, the effects extend well beyond threats of piracy or terrorism emanating from dysfunctional states. Failed states, or even critically weak states, can export various types of misery and threats to their neighbors and beyond. Dismal economic performance, refugees and displaced persons, illicit smuggling, and health challenges are some of the key negative impacts.
Drawing on a longer historical view of statehood, this work provides a synthesis of recent calls to revamp the global community’s approach to fragile states. The book recognizes the fact that some countries gaining formal independence in the last century have never had much state building success. And it questions the wisdom of only utilizing status quo methods for (re-) constructing functioning states. The book argues for the re-evaluation of statehood, the United Nations sovereignty framework, and the overwhelming bias toward preserving existing territories. Readers will be delighted to see that novel responses to state decay could be less costly than the status quo.
Commentary about the world's most troubled places, and global geopolitics.
- Progress in Development Studies
- Journal of Asian and African Studies
Failed States: Temporary Obstacles to Democratic Diffusion or Fundamental Holes in the World Political Map?
- Third World Quarterly
- Africa Today
Brennan Kraxberger's Education
1998 – 2003
Conducted six months of dissertation fieldwork in Nigeria. Synthesized findings in a book-length manuscript. Completed courses in economic development, public policy, and geographic information systems (GIS). Received the Presidential Fellowship (1998-2003). GPA: 4.0.
1995 – 1998
Completed a general honors curriculum that emphasized writing intensive courses. Cognate natural sciences, math, statistics, and engineering coursework: 37 credit hours. Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Outstanding Geography Senior. GPA: 4.0.
Brennan Kraxberger's Additional Information
Favorite places visited: Cape Town, South Africa; Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan; Nelson County, Virginia; Yankari Park, Nigeria --- Favorite bands: Switchfoot, U2 --- Favorite authors: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, J.M. Coetzee, Niall Ferguson, C.S. Lewis
- Groups and Associations:
Association of American Geographers, United Nations Association of the U.S.A., Feeding America
- Honors and Awards:
• Presidential Fellowship, University of Iowa (1998-2003)
• Phi Beta Kappa, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998)
• Department of Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998): Jesse H. Wheeler Award (annual award given to the outstanding senior in the Department of Geography)
• Department of Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998): National Council of Geographic Education Outstanding Senior Award
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