R. Lee Viar IV, Ph.D.

Lead Faculty / Assistant Professor of Business and Management

Chicago, IL

Lifelong learner. Published author. Out of the box thinker.

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Education
  • 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 (1999)
  • Certified Postsecondary Instructor
Background

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 Training.

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 critical thinking.

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 Redskins.

Publications
  • 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. (ISBN 9781456762308)
  • 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- 2012)
  • Provost’s Circle Designation for exceptional and long-standing commitment to excellence in instruction from Strayer University (2009- 2010)
  • 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)
Professional memberships
  • Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (Board of Directors)
  • 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
Research interests
  • 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
Speaking Engagements
  • 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, Rasmussen College
  • 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