Teacher / Perpetual Student / Writer / Podcaster / Food Justice Advocate / est. 1979
Ryan holds a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Liberty University, a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA – marketing), and two Bachelors degrees in business administration (BSBA) and criminal justice (B.S.) from the University of Mount Olive. He recently (2020-2021) completed three micro-credential courses on creating an active, inclusive, and student-centered online learning environment with the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).
Currently, Ryan is the Department Chair for Business Education and Technology, which is a part of the Business, Industry, Logistics, and Transportation division (B.I.L.T.) at Johnston Community College. This department serves students in various programs, including: Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Paralegal, Community Spanish Interpreter, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and Digital Media. This position also supervises the Small Business Center.
Previously, he taught at Wayne Community College in the Business and Computer Technology Division, on the topics of: management, leadership, business, ethics, and business law. He is the 2021 winner of the Distinguished Chair Award for teaching excellence and was invited to give a lecture on “Ethics and Artificial Intelligence” to the inaugural class of the artificial intelligence program. He served as the chair of the WCC Planning Counsel and is an assistant editor for the North Carolina Community College Journal of Teaching Innovation.
Ryan has also taught at the University of Mount Olive, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and American Public University, as an adjunct instructor of management.
Additionally, he worked for the University of Mount Olive as the assistant director of evening college admissions, focusing on adult education. He spearheaded the opening of two new locations and also helped transition the program to a new format across multiple campuses. Ryan also spent nearly five years with Walmart Stores, Inc. as an assistant store manager where he focused on: inventory management, hiring, training, merchandising, diversity and inclusion, reducing turnover and shrink, safety, and compliance.
In addition to teaching, Ryan works as a coordinator with the humanitarian group, Society of St. Andrew, which is a gleaning and food salvage organization that recovers and distributes millions of pounds of food annually to those in need. Additionally, Ryan is a Duke Endowment, grant-funded consultant to East Carolina University’s Department of Nutrition Science program, Farm to Clinic (F2C), on matters relating to: farming, food waste, gleaning, salvage, and coordinating food recovery and distribution to communities in need (see Dr. Lauren Sastre, current projects).
Ryan posts at stuffyouread.com and produces an academic podcast, What We Talked About in Class, underwritten by Anchor. The podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more.
Ryan lives in eastern North Carolina with his wife and three children (there are also many cats).
stuffyouread.com with daily posts on various topics, designed to promote reading, critical thinking, and student engagement.
What we Talked about in Class podcast on business class content to provide a mobile modality for learning.
Apple Podcast host site for the What We Talked About in Class podcast.
Spotify host site for the What We Talked About in Class podcast.
Youtube Channel for video lecture content to provide students access to audio and visual learning support.
Kindergarten Isn’t Scary book, written and illustrated by my daughter. I helped a little.
Amazon author’s page for other publications and projects including student written poetry books.
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