I began my professional life as a counseling psychologist. In the mid-1970s I realigned myself to higher education, where my career followed parallel tracks of administration, teaching and scholarship.
After completing my Ph.D. I was appointed to positions at the "Five Colleges" in central Massachusetts, teaching at the University of Massachusetts and managing academic programs at Amherst College and Mt. Holyoke College. At these two liberal arts colleges I learned the tradition of administrators maintaining their roots in scholarship and teaching. So over the years of my academic career I made many trips to Asia, published three books on Tibetan Buddhism, edited a fourth and always carried a teaching load along with my administrative duties.
I left New England to be Assistant Director of Stanford University's Center for Teaching and Learning and then was appointed Dean of John F. Kennedy University's Graduate School of Consciousness Studies and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Transpersonal Psychology. Later I pursued my interests in the (then highly experimental) area of online education for the University of San Francisco's Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management, pioneering this modality for USF. From there I moved on to Eastern Oregon University, where I expanded its Distance Education programs into online formats and created a program in Religious Studies.
In the summer of 2015 I retired from full time teaching at Eastern Oregon University. In fall of 2015 I will begin teaching Asian Philosophy for Portland State University.