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Curriculum Vitae



Dr. Lee Viar is a strategic leader whose experience spans the higher education, nonprofit, and business sectors. Over the course of his 20-year career in higher education, he has held faculty, lead faculty, and guest lecturer positions, and has served as President of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) for the past 8 years. He has taught courses and has presented across the country on higher education topics, focusing on the challenges that nontraditional students face as they navigate through their educational journey. He has mentored students who have successfully achieved degree success, and has acted as a resource for many students, faculty, and higher education journals and articles. In his role as President of ANTSHE, he has built strong partnerships with colleges and universities, businesses, military, and accrediting bodies in higher education. ​He has also shared his expertise with various media and is also a published author whose works have been featured in U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Hechinger Report, and Inside Higher Ed. He has a passion for helping students who have had negative experiences in college to overcome challenges and break through barriers to make their goal of earning a degree more attainable. 

R. Lee Viar IV

My Philosophy >

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Students need supported opportunities that enable them to deepen their level of understanding of business in a global environment, digital marketing, and to develop professional experience to strengthen the workforce and encourage community cultural development in the information rich and increasingly interconnected global network that we live in. As a teacher, I believe it is my job to help remove the barriers that hold students back and act as a mentor, providing guidance and encouragement throughout their educational journey. 


PhD in Post-Secondary Adult Education & Training, October 2007 
Capella University                                               
Thesis Title: Success of the Nontraditional Student Fostered by an Informal Support Network 
MBA in Management & Marketing, December 2001 
Frostburg State University 
BS in Business Administration, December 1999 
Frostburg State University                                               


Challenges of Leadership in Teams-Professional Education Program, July 2015
MIT Professional Education 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


Higher Education Management Institute, June 2014
Vanderbilt University’s
Peabody College of Education and Human Development
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Higher Education Management Development Program, June 2013
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Institutes for Higher Education
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 


Certified Postsecondary Instructor, June 2011-Present
National Center for Competency Testing, Baltimore, MD




2007-2023 Associate Professor
Strayer University Online
College of Business
As a full-time faculty member in the 10X Business program, I oversaw an enrollment of 1500-2000 students and managed a team of six teaching assistants. I conducted undergraduate and graduate business courses, utilizing Blackboard and Canvas as online platforms. In addition to hosting weekly live interactive chats, I also held weekly "Lunch w/Dr. V" sessions and live office hours. I led a team of assistant faculty members in the business curriculum. My focus was on developing and maintaining online instructional support and motivating students to succeed academically. I emphasized the importance of respecting adult learners and valuing their prior learning and life experiences. In addition to facilitating the 10X Business course platform, I also taught courses in business and management as a Verizon Certified Instructor through the Strayer University-Verizon Program. I facilitated courses specifically tailored to the Joe Gibbs Racing Performance Management Program. I continually sought innovative ways to engage students, using a feedforward approach, interactive tools, and designing learning activities that complemented the courses and encouraged critical thinking. My presentations and live chats were highly engaging, resulting in excellent attendance and retention rates. During weekly and monthly meetings, I was invited to lead faculty summits that focused on enhancing student engagement.
2020-2022 Adjunct Professor


2020-2022 Adjunct Professor
Lander University

College of Business

Greenwood, SC
Adjunct professor at the College of Business, I am responsible for teaching online business courses as required. I utilize diverse teaching methods to enhance student engagement and facilitate the connection between theoretical concepts and their practical application.
2015-Present-Adjunct Professor


2015-Present-Adjunct Professor
Southern New Hampshire University 
College of Business

Manchester, NH
As an adjunct professor in the College of Business, my role is to teach online graduate business courses. I employ a range of interactive techniques to connect theoretical concepts with real-world applications. Additionally, I leverage the practical experiences of my students to enhance the practicality of the course material.

2004-2019-Adjunct Professor
Colorado Technical University
College of Business and Management
Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the College of Business and Management. Interacted with students to enhance their critical thinking and the practical application of their knowledge. Conducted several experimental courses like INTD 670, as well as diverse Marketing and Management courses. Utilized creative methods such as videos, targeted outreach, and interactive Live Chats to foster an engaging learning environment.


2012-2019 Lead Faculty
Colorado Technical University
College of Business and Management
As the leader of a team consisting of up to 60 adjunct faculty members in the College of Business, my primary responsibility was to ensure that both faculty and learning expectations were met, while upholding the highest academic standards in accordance with CTU policies and applicable laws. In collaboration with other Lead Faculty and members of the Administration, I was involved in various tasks such as hiring and training adjunct faculty, planning and assigning work, directing and evaluating their performance, as well as addressing any complaints or issues that arose. In addition to supervising, evaluating, and providing guidance to adjunct faculty in the College of Business, I also delegated responsibilities as necessary. Moreover, I was responsible for overseeing the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of faculty members, including the performance appraisal process. To enhance departmental curricula and foster development initiatives, I conducted regular departmental and one-on-one meetings with faculty members and proposed and implemented improvements through appropriate governance structures. Furthermore, I actively participated in quality assurance processes, ensuring the delivery of high-quality education, and effectively managed academic resources for business, management, and marketing courses. While serving as Lead Faculty, I also taught an average of two courses each session. Additionally, I took on the role of Acting Co-Program Director of the College of Business and Management, overseeing the activities of over 250 faculty members and coordinating 150 course offerings for a period of five months. My leadership abilities were recognized for successfully leading my team and meeting grading deadlines, as well as maintaining the lowest student ticket submission rates among any faculty cohort.

2011-2018 Guest Lecturer
Community College Doctoral Leadership Program

Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD
As a guest lecturer, my role was to facilitate ethics courses and other education courses in the Community College Doctoral Leadership Program curriculum.


2012-Present Volunteer Board of Directors, President
Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)
Formerly a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education provided essential resources, research, and support to both faculty and adult students at colleges and universities nationwide until December 2022, when the organization shifted into more of an educational resource model. In my role as President of ANTSHE, I fulfilled various responsibilities. As the chief staff executive, I recommended and participated in policy formulation, and making decisions within the framework of approved policies set by the Board of Directors. This included planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating staff, programs, and activities to ensure the achievement of objectives, fulfillment of plans, and meeting the needs of members. I also fostered effective internal and external relationships, striving for cost-effective, productive performance, forward-thinking programming, and constructive organizational growth. Furthermore, I fulfilled governance responsibilities by familiarizing myself with the organization's bylaws, conducting board business efficiently, and ensuring accountability for performance, presided over meetings, proposing policies and practices, serving on various committees, monitoring the performance of Directors and Officers, submitting reports to the board, funders, and other stakeholders, proposing committee creation, appointing committee members, and performing other duties as required or outlined in the bylaws. Additionally, I played an active role in the annual conference, leading the conference and participating in open discussions
pertaining to adult students. This also included creating an action plan for the events, managing site locations and securing event venues, securing sponsorship, promoting the conference, assisting in organizing the schedule and events, and securing notable speakers such as the Presidents of the HLC and SACS, the Assistant Secretary of Education, numerous Higher Education professionals, and Industry Leaders. Today, my focus as President of ANTSHE is on creating content for publication, researching, and identifying relevant resources for adult students.


Contributing Invited Volunteer

Higher Learning Commission
Invited to participate and contribute to the HLC Roundtable in Washington DC and subsequent virtual meetings with industry leaders in higher education, veteran representatives, government representatives discussing issues surrounding retention, credentialling, accreditation, and the evolving state of higher education.

Doctoral Dissertation Committees
2012-2016 Doctoral Committee Member
Morgan State University
2012-2015 Doctoral Mentor
Colorado Technical University



Viar IV, R. L. (2021). “The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education.”
Viar IV, R. L. (June 14, 2019). “Is a College Degree Still Necessary in Today’s Economy?”
Viar IV, R. L. (March 2019). “3 Myths of Online Education.” Education and Career News.
Viar IV, R.L. (2007). “Success of the Nontraditional Student Fostered by an Informal Support Network”. PhD. Dissertation Capella University. Minnesota, United States. (Publication No. AAT 3288710).
R. Beyer, …, R. Viar, et. al., (2022). “EVOLVING: Accreditation and the Credential Landscape” Higher Learning Commission
Kiplinger (September 2, 2020) “Back in School Decades Later” by Alina Tugend
Higher Ed Dive (December 17, 2019) “Adult learner enrollment keeps sliding, new data shows” by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Higher Ed Connects (November 1, 2019) “Not Your Traditional Student: Changing Demographics on Campus” by Shelley Seale
Inside Higher Ed. (September 2, 2019) “Orientation for the Adult Learner” by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
US News & World Report – “A College Guide for Nontraditional Students” by Josh Moody, May 20, 2019,
Gliddon, D., Rothwell, W. (2018) “Innovation Leadership”. Abington, Oxon; Routledge. (ISBN 978-1-13803687-1). I contributed Chapter 9, “Who’s leading and who’s learning” of this book.
The Hechinger Report – “Is college enrollment among older adults increasing? Depends who you ask” by Delece Smith-Barrow, August 24, 2018,
US News & World Report – “Determine College Fit as Nontraditional Student” by Delece Smith-Barrow,
October 17, 2017, – “How Do I Go Back to College? A Step-by-Step Guide” by Chris Couch, August 27, 2015,


Presentations & Papers
Viar IV, R. Lee (2018, October) Technological Advances in Online Higher Education Learning- Are Adult Learners Being Prepared for This Opportunity? Presentation at the AAACE 2018 Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Viar IV, R. Lee and Lesser, Jack (2018, February) How to Develop Wisdom in Corporate Marketing Research American Marketing Association Winter Academic Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Viar IV, R. Lee (2016, March) The Changing Face of Higher Education at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies Conference at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Viar IV, R. Lee and Parsons, Michael (2015, January). A Renaissance in Higher Education Teaching? The People in the Process. Presentation at the 25th Annual Advancement of Community College Teaching (AFACCT) Conference, Westminster, MD.


•CTU Educator of the Year Nominee, (2013)
•Honorary Board Member of the Business Editorial Board, MERLOT (2011-2014)
•Provost’s Circle Designation for exceptional and long-standing commitment to excellence in instruction from Strayer University (October 2009-December 2010)
•Grants: “Externship…Successful Managers of Today for Successful Managers of Tomorrow” Maryland
State Department of Education (Non-Peer Reviewed) October 15, 2006 – April 17, 2007

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