R. Lee Viar IV, Ph.D.
Lead Faculty / Assistant Professor of Business and Management
Lifelong learner. Published author. Out of the box thinker.
DBA, Walden University, Baltimore, MD (2012)
- Ph.D., Education, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN (2007)
- MBA, Frostburg State University, Hagerstown, MD (2001)
- BS Business Administration, Frostburg State University, Hagerstown, MD
- Certified Postsecondary Instructor
Dr. Viar is an innovative teacher and author with a passion and devotion to
education and learning. He has been a college professor for 12 years teaching at
the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has over 20 years of
professional marketing and business experience in the areas of banking and
marketing management and currently serves as Secretary for the Association for
Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE).
He is also a published author whose works have been published in various
academic journals and publications. Dr. Viar’s book, The Nontraditional Learner’s
Guide to Success: Creating an Informal Support Network, focuses on the
characteristics of the nontraditional learner and how they can identify and
capitalize on the support they receive from their informal support network.
His focus and teaching philosophy is based upon the philosophical viewpoint of
John Dewey and the premise that anyone can learn if the material is presented in
a clear and concise manner. He believes that the purpose of education is to not
only provide the student with the tools necessary to accomplish their goals, but also to help them build a foundation for lifelong learning. In addition, the key to
succeed in real life necessitates knowledge, and a positive, challenging, and
educational learning environment fosters that knowledge. He believes as Dewey
did that the greater emphasis should be placed on the broadening of intellect and
development of problem solving and critical thinking skills, rather than simply on
the memorization of lessons. The skills and knowledge which students learn
should be integrated fully into their lives as citizens and human beings.
Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU
Business, Management, Marketing, and Post-Secondary Adult Education and
Why are YOU IN?
My academic journey was definitely not the typical pathway selected by the
majority of the population. I was well into my thirties before I completed my
Bachelor’s degree out of necessity because I was tired of training my own
replacements because I didn’t possess a degree. But, along the way, my
passion for education grew and my desire to help others in similar situations was
nurtured. I am “In” with CTU because I want to ensure as much as I can that
other students experience the positive aspects of higher education and the desire
to become lifelong learners. But, I want this for both our learners and faculty as
well, therefore, I want to be able to mentor and coach our esteemed faculty to
reach their full potential as well.
What is your teaching philosophy?
As an educator, I believe that I have a certain calling and in that calling, I have a
responsibility to both the community and the individual student. I believe that
every student should be an active member in the intellectual life of the classroomcommunity
and it is my responsibility to facilitate those opportunities and
encourage conversations, exchanges, and sharing that helps to shape the
classroom. These characteristics will helpfully be carried on outside of the
classroom setting and into the corporate setting and enable higher levels of
Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?
My interests are very straight forward…my family. Everything I do is for my wife
and five children. We are very fortunate to share many common interests like
classic movies, staying active with outdoor activities, and traveling to new places.
Personally, I enjoy reading about U.S. History and watching the Washington
Viar IV, R. Lee (2012). “Learning...Who is Really Responsible?” The Non-
Traditional Journal, 2-3.
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2011). “The Nontraditional Learner’s Guide to Success:
Creating an Informal Support Network”. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.
- Viar IV. R. Lee (2011). “Global Culture: Hegemony or Plurality” published
in the AFACCT 2011 Conference Proceedings Journal.
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2011). “The Reincarnation of a Theistic Philosophy:
Morals and Values in Education Today”. The Journal of Research in
Character Education, 7(2).
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2010). “Turning “No, You Can’t Do It” into a Degree”. The
Non-Traditional Journal, 4-5.
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2010). “Teaching Outside the Box”. Instructional Practice
in Higher Education: An Online Journal, 1(2).
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2007). “Success of the Nontraditional Student Fostered
by an Informal Support Network ”. PhD. Dissertation Capella University.
Minnesota, United States. (Publication No. AAT 3288710).
Awards or achievements
Honorary Board Member of the Business Editorial Board, MERLOT (2011-
- Provost’s Circle Designation for exceptional and long-standing
commitment to excellence in instruction from Strayer University (2009-
- Faculty Service Award from Colorado Technical University (2005)
CTU Educator of the Year Nominee (2005)
- National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers Award (2005-2006)
Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (Board of
- American Marketing Association
- East Coast Colleges Social Science Association (Board of Directors)
- MERLOT Peer Reviewer
- National Business Education Association
- National Education Association
- Maryland State Education Association
- Computer Science Teachers Association
- The Torch Club
- International Society for Performance Improvement
- Online learning and delivery
- Increasing the effectiveness of both traditional and online training at both
the corporate and academic level
- Organization Change and its Successful Implementation
Viar IV, R. Lee (2012, October) Distance Education, Not So Distant
Anymore. Presented at the 36th Annual Conference on Academic
Advising hosted by the NATIONAL ACADEMIC ADVISING ASSOCIATION
(NACADA), Nashville, TN
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2012, September) Is The Technological Learning Curve
Closed to Adult Learners? Presentation at the 2012 Technology & Adult
Learner Conference hosted by the North Carolina Adult Education
Association (NCAEA) Asheville, NC
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2012, March) Changing Your Destiny…Your Past Does
Not Determine Your Future. Presented at the 15th Annual ANTSHE
National Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
- Viar IV, R. Lee, Parsons, M. & Spead, R. (2011, November) Using Gender
Research and Advocacy to Assess Technology’s Impact on Equity in the
Media. Presentation at Mid-Atlantic World History Association
Conference, Rutgers University, NJ
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2011, June) The pedagogical spirit: Learning is not limited
to students. Guest lecturer at the Quality Matters Annual Conference,
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2011) Balancing Home, Work, College – Tapping into your
informal support network. Presented at the 14th Annual ANTSHE National
Conference, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2011, January), Global Culture: Hegemony or Plurality
presentation. Presentation at Association of Faculties for Advancement of
Community College Teaching (AFACCT) Conference, Essex, MD
- Viar IV, R. Lee (2010, October). Alumni panel presentation. Presentation
at Capella University Colloquia, Arlington, VA