Stephen Carson

Principal Consultant, Digital Education Concepts LLC

Associate Director

September 1998 – January 2003
Division of Continuing Education, Emerson College, Boston, MA

Primarily responsible for academic programs, scheduling and faculty issues in the Division of Continuing Education, including program design and development. Assisted the Executive Director with budgeting and internal college affairs.


  • scheduled 150+ courses for 9 degree programs, 8 certificate programs and open-enrollment offerings in Fall/Spring Continuing Education catalog
  • scheduled 250+ courses for all College summer programs offered in two summer sessions

Staff/Faculty Oversight

  • in Executive Director’s absence, responsible for oversight of all divisional operations and staff of five full-time employees
  • oversaw full-time Adult Degree Coordinator, ensuring smooth operation of the Adult Degree Program
  • coordinated academic oversight and hiring recommendations with Department Chairs and School Deans
  • interviewed and hired new faculty for Fall/Spring Continuing Education and all College summer courses
  • functioned as liaison for Fall/Spring Continuing Education and all College summer instructors
  • oversaw contracting and evaluation for Fall/Spring Continuing Education and all College summer instructors
  • developed and implemented expanded evaluation system for Continuing Education instructors
  • initiated and managed ongoing Faculty Development Workshops series

Academic Technology Implementation and Innovation

  • coordinated integration of technology into Continuing Education instruction, including integration of the WebCT course support system
  • created and taught a pilot distance learning course, WP211-9 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction, the first distance learning course offered at Emerson (offered in five subsequent semesters, Spring 2001 – Fall 2003)
  • designed, coded and maintained 350+ page course materials web site for WP211-9
  • secured all necessary institutional support for offering distance learning courses
  • submitted to dean’s council a proposed redrafting of the College intellectual rights policy reflecting the complications created by digital teaching materials
  • secured approval for a contracting process that will allow for rapid expansion of digitally enhanced teaching while controlling costs
  • assisted Academic Computing Center and Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in organizing the Summer 2001 Instructional Design Institute

Academic Development

  • designed, coordinated, and implemented new academic offerings
  • developed, implemented, and oversaw year-long Media Production Certificate Program
  • developed, implemented, and oversaw two-semester Children’s Writing Certificate Program
  • developed, implemented, and oversaw ten-week Documentary Production Summer Seminar
  • coached faculty in development of open-enrollment courses, including:
    • CE350 Introduction to Computer Basics
    • CE351 Information Literacy in the Internet Age
    • CE241 Elements of Video Production
    • CE244 Photography and Composition
    • CE320 Childhood Trauma in the Popular Media
    • CE621 Survey of Children’s Picture Book Literature
    • CE622 Introduction to Writing the Children’s Picture Book
    • CE623 Children’s Picture Book Workshop
    • CE624 Introduction to Writing the Adolescent Novel
    • CE625 Survey of Adolescent Fiction
    • CE626 Adolescent Fiction Workshop


  • redesigned and maintained Continuing Education web site (launched January 2001)
  • developed, wrote copy for, and oversaw production of Adult Degree Program brochure (PDF), Media Production Certificate brochure (PDF), and Children’s Writing Certificate brochure (PDF); wrote copy for full Continuing Education catalog


  • supervised departmental petition and appeals process for academic and financial disputes
  • supervised advising a body of 260+ Adult Degree students
  • advised 16 Media Production Certificate students per year
  • advised full-time and non matriculated students with respect to Continuing Education offerings

Administrative Information Management

  • designed (as Adult Degree Coordinator) and maintained relational database system integrating administrative information
  • designed and maintained faculty evaluation database