Sam Stern

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200 SW 15th Street
Corvallis, OR 97331
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Over the past 40 years, I’ve taught students of all ages (from elementary to graduate school) and in different countries, including Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, Athens Laboratory of Business Administration in Greece, and in the U.S. at the Department of Economicsat Harvard.

Much of my research has focused on the relationships between learning and working. This led me to Japan in 1987 where, with support from the Tektronix Foundation and Japan-US Friendship Commission, I studied the continuing learning of technical workers in high-tech companies (see Education and Work in Japan). Just a few years later, I returned to serve as the Japan Management Association (JMA) Professor of Creativity Development from 1990 through 1992, an experience that challenged me to extend my research to organizational learning and creativity, and led to my collaboration with Alan Robinson and our book, Corporate Creativity (Berrett-Koehler), the 1998 Academy of Human Resource Development “Book of the Year.”

In March of 2002, I began what turned out to be almost a decade of service as dean of our college. In the summer of 2011, I returned to my faculty position and then in January of 2012, set off for an eight month sabbatical (half in Tokyo and half in Paris) to study the continuing education of professionals in other countries. From January through April, I worked with colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology and from May through August, I was a visiting researcher at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris (see Emerging Continuing Teacher Education Policies in OECD Countries).

Now, back home in Oregon, I’m teaching, advising in the Community College Leadership doctoral program and Organizational and Human Resource Education masters program. For information on my research on the continuing education of licensed professionals, check out my research blog.