Curriculum Vitae: Paul Desmarais

Paul Desmarais
Desmarais Design
29 Fleetwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801

Masters of Educational Technology (M.ET. )
Boise State University
Graduate Certificate: Online Teaching
Bachelor of Arts: (B.A.) Journalism/ Zoology
University of Massachusetts/ Amherst

Professional instructional designer with broad experience working with a diverse group of designers, subject matter experts, and editors on a wide range of topics. Comfortable working within the pedagogical framework of cutting edge learning theory and a keen understanding of the creative mind. An award winning producer of published materials, both in print and on the web. Possess the demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion in a highly pressurized, time critical environment.

  • Strong leader with the ability to motivate, organize, and build consensus between colleagues on collaborative projects.
  • Skilled instructional designer with profound understanding of both current learning theory and Web 2.0 tools.
  • Scholarly understanding of learning theories that act as prescriptive frameworks for modern pedagogies in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments.
  • High energy, results oriented visual professional expert at communicating with a diverse audience.
  • In-depth understanding of legal and ethical issues surrounding intellectual property rights and responsibilities.
  • Adept at the in-depth research necessary for achieving excellence.
  • Mentor to less advanced colleagues in both technical and aesthetic approach to image creation, editing, and research methods.
  • Formulated archiving & workflow standards for visual media.
  • Exceptional competence with most still camera systems, in both digital and traditional environments.

Professional Experience

2010—Present: Instructional Designer: Desmarais Design
  • Developed technology mediated learning for higher education clients in New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut.
  • Created multimedia objects, to include Flash-based, Web 2.0, and video for use in face to face, online and hybrid courses.
  • Worked with higher education faculty in a number of disciplines, from the arts, ESL, and business, to effectively integrate technology into their instruction.
  • Served as a resource for faculty members interested in implementing new technologies into their courses.

2010—Present Adjunct Faculty/ Sacred Heart University
  • Designed academic writing course for Sacred Heart University’s English Language Institute (SHELI) program.
  • Selected course support materials, texts, and determined outcome oriented objectives for Adult learners age 19-45.
  • Taught Academic Writing for adult ESL learners.

1987—2009 Staff Photographer: The Advocate/Greenwich Time
  • Created photography and multimedia content for dominant daily newspaper and information web site in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
  • Exceptional knowledge of complex lighting techniques, including those unique to the digital environment.
  • Managed projects, created layouts and wrote feature stories.

1996—1998 Director of Technical Sales Support: Atlantic Alliance Technologies
  • Evaluated client hardware and software needs for the pre-press and desktop publishing industries.
  • Researched currently available and in-pipeline technologies for solutions to client needs.
  • Responsible for meeting price / availability requirements, providing customer service and technical support, and scheduling services as required by client.
  • Established relationships with major computer companies as an authorized re-seller of hardware, software and networking components.

United States Army National Guard
  • Enlisted 1981, US Army Military Police Corps.
  • 1984; Attended USARNG Officer Candidate School, commissioned Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery. Appointed Fire Direction Officer, Battery ‘B’ 1/211 Field Artillery, New Bedford, MA.
  • Promoted First Lieutenant 1987. Appointed Battery Executive Officer, 2/192 Field Artillery, Danbury, CT.
  • Promoted to Captain USARNG, Inactive Ready Reserve; 1991.
  • Discharged Honorable, 1998.

Photojournalism Awards
  • Times Mirror Journalist of the Year, 1998: Using a team concept, organized and implemented a new weekly religion page for the Advocate & Greenwich Time.
  • Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists: First Place 1992: Feature Photography, First Place 1992: Sports Photography, First Place 1989: News Photography
  • New England Associated Press News Executives Association: First Place 1989: Portrait Photography. First Place, 2006. Sports Feature Photography.
  • Columbia University Collegiate Journalism Competition: Gold Circle Award 1987: Sports Photography

Formal Presentations
  • 2009 EdTech Showcase: Boise State University

Professional Memberships
  • AACE: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
  • AERA: American Education Research Association
  • AECT: Association for Educational Communications and Technology
  • NAPP: National Association of Photoshop Professionals
  • NPPA: National Association of Press Photographers

Software competency
Category Title Title Title
Multimedia Final Cut Pro Soundbooth/ Audacity I Movie/ Quicktime
Multimedia Soundslides Camtasia/ Jing Adobe Connect/ Elluminate
Web Authoring Dreamweaver Flash CS4  
Web Authoring HTML CSS ActionScript
Web 2.0 VoiceThread BitStrips Google Pages/ sites/ docs
Design Fireworks Adobe InDesign CS4 Adobe Acrobat CS4
Photography Adobe Photoshop CS4 PhotoMechanic Bridge
Learning Management Blackboard Moodle Campus Cruiser
Assessment & Survey Qualtrics Survey Monkey Zoomerang
General Applications Microsoft Office/ Works Wimba Classroom iClickers
General Applications Excel/ Numbers Inspiration

Entourage/ OutLook/ Apple Mail

Archiving Toast/ Liquid CD Merlin Trax

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