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Dr. Anthony Marker

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Anthony (Tony) Marker, Ph.D., LEED AP
Department Chair and Professor

Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
College of Engineering, ENGR 324
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-2070

Office: (208) 426-1015
Email: anthonymarker@boisestate.edu

Educational/Professional Background:

Dr. Tony Marker received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. His minor, only one course shy of a double major, is in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. And he received a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Indiana University.

Doctoral Dissertation: The roles and relationships of training, rewards and control in an organizational change: A human performance field study (ISBN# 0-493-14686-5)

He joined the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State University in 2005 after serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Penn State School of Graduate and Professional studies in Malvern, PA.

Teaching:

Dr. Marker regularly teaches:

  • OPWL 560 Workplace Performance Improvement
  • OPWL 578 Designing Sustainable Organizations
  • OPWL 588 Selected Topics: Thinking in Systems

He has also taught courses on the following topics:

  • Organizational Culture and Alignment
  • Needs Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Design Models, Strategies, and Tactics
  • Educational Systems Change
  • User Interface Design
  • Design of Internet Resources

Professional Experience:

Before moving to academia, Dr. Marker spent several years as a freelance consultant in the greater Boston area. He had opportunities to serve in several roles including principal technical writer, instructional designer and developer, project manager, and principal consultant. The projects he has worked on have included work in the telecommunication, financial, pharmaceutical, and government arenas.

Recent Projects:

  • University Program Prioritization: Serves as a change facilitator and implementation adviser on the planning committee for a university wide project to measure and prioritize all of the university’s academic and non-academic programs.
  • NSF WIDER PERSIST Grant: Served as a change facilitator and implementation adviser on the grant leadership team for a $2 million NSF funded university wide project to implement Evidence-Based Instructional Practices in the STEM disciplines.

Research Interests:

Model Development
I am interested developing new models and refining existing models to provide better analysis tools to both academics as well as practitioners who often face increasingly complex challenges and opportunities.

Organizational Change for Sustainability
I am interested in devising and measuring performance improvement interventions that promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The Paul Hawkins’ book, The Ecology of Commerce, initially attracted my interest in the subject, prompting an increasing interest in minimizing organizational goals and strategies that focus only on the financial bottom line. Doing so can ignore the negative impacts that the narrow pursuit of profit often have on society and the environment. Toward that end, I am developing new methods and tools for encouraging and promoting corporate interest in business strategies that allow organizations continue to earn return on investment while applying environmentally friendly business practices.

Change Management and Systems Thinking
I am interested in how to better increase the adoption and success rates of both instructional and non-instructional interventions. In particular, I am studying how an increased awareness and understanding of systems theory and system thinking better prepare human performance technologists to tackle complex organizational change issues. A related interest is how to better design and implement affective interventions both at the individual and organizational level.

Facilitating Wise Organizational Decision-making
I am examining the role that recent developments in neuroscience play on organizational and personal decision making processes. I believe wiser decisions and choices have a critical influence on whether organizational sustainability efforts (and other long-term planning efforts) are ultimately successful. Research also supports the idea that we can improve our ability to act wisely, and I am seeking methods to help organizations to do so.

Publications and Presentations

Recent Presentations

Marker, A., & Villachica, S. (May, 2014). The Spiral Human Performance Framework: How The Experts Do it. International Society for Performance Improvement Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Villachica, S., Marker, A., & Chegash, A. (April, 2014). What’s Happening to Our “Fresh Out” Engineers?/ International Society for Performance Improvement Conference. Indianapolis, IN.

Marker, A. (December, 2013). Learning to Act with Greater Wisdom: What Recent Neuroscience Tells Us. Employee Learning and Development “Let’s Talk” Session. Boise, ID.

Marker, A. (September, 2013). Managing Organizational Change. International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 11th Annual Conference. Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Marker, A. (September, 2013). An Introduction to Human Performance. Half-day pre-conference workshop. International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 11th Annual Conference. Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Marker, A. (September, 2013). The Spiral Human Performance Framework: How The Experts Do It. International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 11th Annual Conference. Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Marker, A. (October, 2012). Wisdom in the Workplace: What is it and can we develop it? International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 10th Annual Conference. Lisbon, Portugal.

Upcoming Presentations

Marker, A., & Addison, R. (September, 2014). An Introduction to Human Performance. Half-day pre-conference workshop. International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 12th Annual Conference. Warsaw, Poland.

Marker, A. (September, 2014). Change Management – The Real Life Story of Two Large Institutional Changes. International Society for Performance Improvement – Europe, Middle East, Africa. 12th Annual Conference. Warsaw, Poland.

Recent Publications

Marker, A., Villachica, S., Stepich, D., Allen, D., & Stanton, L. (2014). An updated framework for human performance improvement in the workplace: The Spiral HPI framework. Performance Improvement, 53(1), 9–22.

Marker, A., Mason, S., & Morrow, P. (2014). Change factors influencing the diffusion and adoption of green building practices. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 26(4), 5–24.

Beriwal, M., Clegg, S., Collopy, F., McDaniel, R. Jr., Morgan, G., Sutcliffe, K., Kaufman, R., Marker, A., & Selwyn, N. (2013). Organizational science. Educational Technology, 53(5), 42–52.

Marker, A. (2013). The development of practical wisdom: Its critical role in sustainable performance. Performance Improvement, 52(4), 11–21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pfi.21343

Villachica, S., Marker, A., Plumlee, D., Huglin, L., & Chegash, A. (2013). The arrows in our backs: Lessons Learned Trying to Change the Engineering Curriculum. 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 23, 2013 – June 26, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Mason, S. G., Marker, A., & Mirsky, R. (2011). Primary factors influencing green building in cities in the Pacific Northwest. Public Works Management and Policy 16(2), 157–185.

For more information about Dr. Marker’s scholarly activities, see his Curriculum Vitae (PDF).