At The Great Courses, I work one-on-one with top professors from around the country to develop college- and graduate-level video lecture series on subjects ranging from the French language and engineering to the history of India and philosophy.
I help professors develop their course outlines into 12+ hours of lecture material, and eventually I edit their final teleprompter scripts. Throughout production and postproduction, I coordinate with producers, designers, guidebook writers, copywriters, marketing personnel, and other members of our team to ensure that the content is clear and accurate.
It’s a complex process and each course presents unique challenges, but every day is a new adventure. I often say it’s kind of like being in a Montessori grad school.
(In the picture above, the owl-mouth-mouth-placenta-scroll is a Middle Egyptian translation of my job title: “Overseer of Knowledge.” My name is transliterated in the cartouche below.)
Below is a list of courses I’ve worked on directly as the content supervisor. Click the titles to connect to the course page on The Great Courses Plus, our subscription streaming video service.
The Big Questions of Philosophy, David Kyle Johnson
The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague, Dorsey Armstrong
Books That Matter: The City of God, Charles Mathewes
Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs, “Mr. Mummy” Bob Brier
Do-It-Yourself Engineering, Stephen Ressler, Ph.D., West Point Military Academy
English in America, Natalie Schilling
Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life, Stephen Ressler
A History of British India, Hayden Bellenoit
A History of Eastern Europe, Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
A History of India, Michael H. Fisher
The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad, Joyce Salisbury
How Great Science Fiction Works, Gary K. Wolfe
How to Publish Your Book, Jane Friedman
Learning French: A Rendezvous with French-Speaking Cultures, Ann Williams
The Rise of Rome, Gregory S. Aldrete
The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, David Schmid
Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story, Angus Fletcher
The Third Wave: The Future of Entrepreneurship in America, Steve Case (cofounder of America Online)
Here are a few of my courses that are still in postproduction and that will be released in the near future:
Ancient Civilizations of North America, Ed Barnhart
Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy, David Kyle Johnson
And finally, here are a handful of courses that I worked on indirectly:
Becoming a Great Essayist, Jennifer Cognard-Black
King Arthur: History and Legend, Dorsey Armstrong
Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, Robert Garland
Mysterious Etruscans, Steven L. Tuck
Utopian and Dystopian Literature, Pamela Bedore