Terry O. Faulkner, MA, CAPM

Transitioning from Teaching English into Instructional Design and Project Management

Who am I?

Here are a few things you might like to know

Terry O Faulkner

Instructional Design | Project Management
Teaching internationally began as a way for me to explore the world. Having worked in finance and customer service, never did I imagine that I would enjoy teaching so much that it would become my career for fifteen years. Through living and working in China and South Korea, I am no stranger to language and semantic difficulties, cultural differences and misunderstandings and have developed a set of core skills that I would not have gained otherwise. I have now become an instructional designer and project manager whose infectious enthusiasm and voracious appetite for learning (earned the CAPM) motivates learners and colleagues alike. Are you looking for the ID who can manage all aspects of the learning process? Do you need a PM who can handle directing, coordinating, implementing, executing, controlling and successfully completing complex projects consistent with your company's strategy, commitments and goals? Look no further. With my expertise in international and cross-cultural communication, andragogical curriculum design and project management experience, I can bring value to an organization looking to enhance its training programs. Aristotle once said, “education is the provision for old age” and with that I wish to convey my lifelong love of learning and dedication to education to everyone I meet. If you want to start a conversation about Instructional Design, Project Management or want to see what I can offer please read more about me, view my portfolio, or contact me directly.


Things that I care about

Music has made me who I am. Listen to my work with the Mahavishnu Odyssey.

Never stop learning.

French, Mandarin and Korean are tools I use to communicate with others. Why not pick up one yourself?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness..." Mark Twain's quote continues to inspire me to travel today.

We must be vigilant in protecting children and provide them with the tools necessary for lifelong success.

"We rise by lifting others" Robert Ingersoll. Donate just a fraction of your time in service of others and you will witness tremendous change.

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Here's what some folks have said.

“Terry Faulkner is someone you definitely want on your team. He pays considerable attention to the relevance of his instructional design. I noticed a lot of effort on his part to incorporate engaging multi-media components whenever appropriate. With his facilitation experience, he truly has end to end capability. He’s also a very warm person and a pleasure to be around.”
Grace Spivak , Associate Program Manager at Academic Impressions
“I have worked with Terry for the past four years. I confidently recommended him for his current position because I knew his enthusiasm for learning and his professionalism as an educator and trainer would be an excellent match at Yeungnam University. I have observed him as a peer and seen that his classes are well designed and skillfully executed. His sincere concern for learner needs is present in each detail of his lesson plan. He is also versatile and flexible in his instruction to keep learners engaged and motivated throughout the training period. Finally, he is not only concerned with his own professional development but seeks out opportunities to bring positive change to each organization that he belongs.”
Martin Tuttle , Assistant Coordinator at Yeungnam University Foreign Language Institute
“He is one of the most motivating teachers I have ever seen in our field as he constantly tries to get more out of his students using both humour and simple explanations of abstract concepts. His classes are highly student-centered and during my observation, students were producing either spoken or written English. During class activities, he had excellent class coverage ensuring that students were on task and using L2. Overall, his classroom incorporates a low teacher-talk time and promotes the students’ practice of all four language skills.”
Stephane Lanteigne, Immediate Past Coordinator at Yeungnam University Foreign Language Institute
I first met Terry years ago when he was starting his Masters and I was at the beginning of my second year and we agreed to exchange papers. His feedback was always prompt, useful, clear, and concise. Terry is and always has been friendly, helpful and firmly committed to professional development and his students as he was an active member of KOTESOL. In his role as Member-At-Large, he was always happy to help with organising conferences, planning chapter meetings and presenting. I think Terry is a terrific educator whose students will feel like they are in good hands”
Brad Serl, Past President at Busan/Gyeongnam KOTESOL
I have had the great experience of working with Terry in a confrontational experience as I have been able to call on him for advice, guidance, and direction. Terry is the person you can ask any question to and he will give you an almost immediate response or he will have you a correct answer as soon as possible. Terry has given me advice that has made me stronger with college age students. Also, he has helped me to understand the finer aspects of teaching in general. Terry is highly motivated and is not afraid to reach out and communicate with people from different jobs and cultures to achieve the results necessary to complete the task. I would not hesitate to have him on a team as his addition to any team would only insure success.
Heath Chambless, Business Communications Consultant
Terry Faulkner is well rounded and extremely knowledgeable in many areas. One area in particular is his English writing skills. He has been more than willing to proofread and give me advice on numerous essays. His expertise and advice has helped shape my writing capabilities making me a stronger writer. Terry is a true professional and master of his craft. His passion for teaching is evident with how thorough and detailed he is. He says he does it because it helps him learn about new subjects. That is a testament to a lifelong learner, teacher, and mentor. Terry has dedicated many years ensuring his students, colleagues, supervisors, and friends put their best forward which fosters an environment of wisdom and awareness. I highly recommend Terry Faulkner for any position in education or training.
Ramon Baca , Infantryman at U.S. Army


My thoughts.

Considering a Career Change?

Last month I published the first of two articles highlighting the strengths that we expat teachers have to bring with us in our job hunt back home. I briefly talked about Cultural Intelligence, Communication Skills, Public Speaking, Grit, and Attention to Detail. This month’s article will focus on Technical Acumen, Time Management, Humility, and Adaptability. […]

Project Management: getting you one step closer to home

What is Project Management? Project Management is a career that is as undefined as Instructional Design and yet does not require “quite” the same technical proficiency. It is defined by PMI (the leading authority on Project Management) as “…the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements…” It […]

Skills Acquired Living Abroad

There have been a number of articles written recently about expats returning home after so many years abroad, often focused on the difficulty of readjusting to reverse culture shock. This article is for those wishing to return but not quite sure how to translate their experience. Having seen many changes in education worldwide I believe […]

Teaching Adult Learners via Open2Study

  In the summer of 2016, I completed a MOOC based in Australia designed to help teachers, facilitators and/or educators to reach out and help their adult learners. There were a lot of good activities, I should be able to use some myself. One idea was the “Values Line” where students were asked to make a […]

Skillagents & the Post-Content Mindset

Recently, I have been engaging in more and more online courses. One of the many reasons for participating in MOOCs and other courses is that I have a voracious appetite for learning new things. These learning experiences help me to design courses that others (and myself) might enjoy. That is not to say that I am […]

Marriage Visa Step One

One of the hardest parts of getting back stateside is getting the Spousal Visa (green card). The first thing you’ll need to do is make an appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This branch of government can be found in the embassy but the appointment is not made through the embassy website. Instead, you’ll […]


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