Dr. Todd Nelson has been in education for more than 33 years and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in philosophy, theology, and intercultural studies as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of South Florida, College of Business Administration in Tampa, Florida (USA).
Prior to joining Concordia in July 2016, Dr. Nelson served as principal trainer for the Teaching & Learning Center of KDU in Kuala Lumpur, leading a school of 500 students plus 45 faculty and staff. He helped raise the standard of instruction by using the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers to train new lecturers.
After nine months, Dr. Nelson was promoted to be a head of school, supervising the pre-university program, the American degree transfer program and the English for international students program. In three years at the School of Pre-University Studies, the school had three students accepted into Oxford and Cambridge and several other students admitted into similarly prestigious universities in the UK, US and Australia. He also developed curriculum and partnerships with universities.
“I appreciate the collegiality of the faculty and the support of the administration at Concordia. I love the high school students. On the whole, they are smart, clever, funny, hard-working and welcoming of new students. I enjoy the opportunities to learn along with the students in my classes. We get to discuss and debate topics from literature and psychology to politics. I also appreciate that, for the first time in our 34 years, I am working in the same school with my wife.”
While in Kuala Lumpur, he also founded a community service consultancy which provided services from counseling and coaching executives to rehabilitating drug/alcohol addicts, reaching out to refugees, teaching English classes and providing other NGO-type services.
His professional presentations include “Barefoot Leaders: Reimagining the Roles of Educators and Leaders in Malaysian Higher Education,” presented at Sunway College Pre-University Conference, Kuala Lumpur, 2012 and at the MARA Conference of the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia, 2012.
Dr. Nelson also served as Center Manager at Oxford Learning in Doha, Qatar; and served as part of the online faculty for M.A. in humanities program at American Public University.
Dr. Nelson loves learning, teaching and encouraging people. He enjoys sports and music and food of all kinds, plus sketching, reading, tech gadgets, traveling and good coffee with good conversation. His wife Jeni teaches Preschool at Concordia.