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Extended Resume of Grady McAllister

About this page . . .

This is what is known in the HR trade as a resume addendum. It goes into more detail than a regular resume, and it presents the material in a more narrative style.

This page is permanently under construction. This material is mainly for my own reference. It is a personal tool for recalling what happened in connection with particular work.

Not all of this will be of interest to every potential employer. It goes into considerable detail on some topics, and some employers will find this information useful in making a hiring decision.

Think of this as a work in progress. At any given moment, there are parts of this page that are still being organized or have not been fully edited.

This is not a substitute for the concise resume I send to employers. Please send me an email if you need a conventional resume.

—Grady McAllister, M.S. (Training & Occupational Education)

February 20, 2017 6:54 PM

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Web sites: http://vasthead.com | http://houstonretro.com | http://galvestonarrow.com

Offering a background in communications, occupational education, teaching, training, instructional technology, training evaluation, and learning resources.

  • Broadcasting as an air personality; also advertising, promotion, news, and public affairs
  • Media services with an emphasis on news editing, writing, photography, multimedia training, and web site development
  • Research & writing for technical instruction
  • Research & writing for organizational development
  • Management of learning resources and instructional technology
  • Evaluation of training in oil industry
  • Management of health science media evaluation
  • Teaching in Houston area public schools
  • Completion of a master's program in Training and Occupational Education

Industrial Training and Writing

Able to create training based upon the ADDIE model (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation).

A skilled and concise technical writer.  Have worked closely with subject matter experts, business unit managers, and other stakeholders. Able to see a project through from the roughest early conception to the final product.

Have designed and developed training with no prior knowledge of a subject. Based upon original research, job site interviews and observation of on the job practices. Have rewritten and edited materials by other trainers and by subject matter experts.

Upon the completion of my very first training manual, the head of the project declared that I was "one of the best two" out of the five writers on the training staff.

Have documented complete unit start up and shut down procedures at a major chemical plant. Have documented complete manufacturing processes.

Chemical industry


Career Training & Organizational Development

Recently wrote catalog of career certification programs for a Beaumont test preparation provider. Researched such topics as dental assistant careers, advanced nursing certifications, CPA Exam preparation, and the Texas TExES exams for teachers. Articles were especially constructed for Search Engine Optimization.

As a casual employee and contractor of BP Amoco, wrote materials for development of self directed work teams. Assessed current training and development needs. Provided written evaluations of training. Rewrote and edited existing training materials. Researched 44 human resource skill areas.

Personal web site includes original articles on time management, negotiation,  marketing, and work team development.

Have my own copies of Fred Pryor course materials aimed at customer service, business writing, train the trainer, project management, management skills for clerical staff, coaching skills, presentation skills, and self directed work teams.

Have studied and regularly review techniques taught by Tom Hopkins and other major sales trainers.


Work for Du Pont

My time at the Du Pont La Porte Training Center was a period when I accomplished a good many things very quickly. I mainly wrote training training modules for units manufacturing Uracil herbicides and Lannate insecticides. I based most of the the materials on interviews with the chemical operators who did the job every day.

My first project was more about computers than chemicals. Written for the Control Department, I taught mechanics how to use computers for ordering and restocking parts.

Du PontMy starting point for any new project would be to look at any existing documentation. The chances were high that the material would be outdated or very sketchy. Nonetheless, I found the material useful for generating questions during my first interviews with subject matter experts.

I based the training modules on both interviews and observation of actual job practice. All of this was carefully coordinated with the plant unit manager, Each project would lead to a book-length training manual and an audio-visual presentation.

The books and scripts covered such topics as the chemical formulation process,  unit  start-ups and shut downs, job responsibilities, safety procedures, and hazardous chemicals.

My projects were self-directed and my attitude was proactive. I did most of my writing away from the training center and inside the plant—just a few feet from where the job was actually performed.

I handled all aspects of instructional design from the initial analysis to the final product—everything, in fact except the pictorial drawings. For the manuals,work included all research, writing, and editing. For the training media, I added photography, production, and narration.


Training Assessment

Able to use training assessment tools and related checklists. Examples include needs assessment, competency assessment, analysis of learner characteristics, job analysis, task analysis, and content analysis.

Able to create questionnaires and surveys suitable for needs assessment and program design.


Training Evaluation

Able to develop training evaluation materials using Kirkpatrick evaluation model: reaction, learning, behavior, and business results.

I am not Kirkpatrick-certified or connected to the Kirkpatrick organization. Nonetheless, my university education was comparable to the "bronze level" of Kirkpatrick training.

Kirkpatrick web site

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My Work samples:

Level One Evaluation - Reaction

Level Two Evaluation - Learning

Level Three Evaluation - Performance & Behavior

Level Four Evaluation - Results

Full Evaluation Plan

As a casual employee and contractor of BP-Amoco, conducted formative evaluation of training for self-directed work teams. At Texas Woman's University in Houston, wrote training manual documenting media services operation. Tested success of training according to participant evaluation, knowledge, implementation, and increased productivity. Also, initiated and managed faculty preview and evaluation of health science training media.

At E.I. DuPont. Houston Plant at La Porte, Texas, documented complete manufacturing processes. Supervised evaluation of training manuals and multi-media presentations. Coordinated content evaluation with plant unit managers, subject matter experts, and line workers.

As part of my master's program at the UH College of Technology, completed three courses covering the Kirkpatrick evaluation model.

 


Broadcasting & News

A broadly based background as a public communicator. Mass media work has ranged from terse news copy for hourly broadcast to feature articles for publication.

At KIKK Radio . . .

Hosted weekend talk program for KIKK (Talk 650, CBS Houston) radio. At the time, the station simulcast on AM and FM and was the number one station for metropolitan Houston.

KIKK had a country music format with hourly newscasts. Produced six or more newscasts each week. Recorded feature stories played during morning drive.

At KIOX Radio . . .

During a five year period, employed by KIOX in Bay City, Texas, near Houston. I was the sole source of broadcast local news for a market of 30,000.

Produced three local newscasts daily. Covered police, fire, and sheriff news daily. Provided coverage of city council, commissioner's court, and school board meetings and other events in a five-county area. Sold stories of national interest to Mutual Broadcasting System.

Expanded both the quantity and quality of local news, causing the materials to reflect the realities of what was happening in the community. Increased frequency of news casts, placing more in the critical drive time period. Recorded news features for early morning which would not become outdated overnight.

Broadcast News Highlights:

  • Interviewed two Houston mayoral candidates, a Houston Police Chief, two U.S. Senators, Congressman Ron Paul, Barbara Bush, Governor Jeb Bush, and Secretary of State James Baker.
  • Provided extensive coverage of the South Texas Nuclear Plant construction and the only coverage of the largest demonstration ever held at Texas nuclear plant.
  • Provided courtroom coverage of a murder trial moved to Bay City.
  • Reported a volatile confrontation between Marxist & Ku Klux Klan groups.
  • Initiated broadcast of Bay City council meetings, an action thought by many—including the general manager of the station—to have upset city elections.

Additional Reporting

Additional part time activity in the Houston area: KENR (news anchor), KBUK (Baytown, DJ, country format), Metro News (copy editor), Metro Traffic Control (traffic reporter), Pearland Journal (contributing editor).

Wrote articles for Houston Community Newspapers which appeared in Friendswood, Angleton, and Pearland editions.

Advertising, Promotion & Public Service

At KIOX, wrote and produced radio ads, promos, and PSA’s. Voice quality met major market standards.  Local retailers often specifically requested that I do their spots.

Worked closely with Chamber of Commerce to publicize events of area interest. Received commendation from Texas Governor's Office for publicity to assist runaway youths. When entrusted with the launch of youth-oriented night programming, adapted and introduced PSA's of the Do It Now Foundation.

DJ Broadcasts

Have worked in these music formats: Top 40, country, easy listening, classic rock, and alternative. Early work at KIOX, Bay City, was as a night time DJ. After becoming News Director, continued DJ work for two hours in early afternoon.  Also worked as part time DJ at KBUK in Baytown and at KFMK in Houston.


Additional Media Background

Able to alter and integrate graphics and images to create training presentations.

Participated in video productions of the Houston Independent School District and the co-production of an instructional video on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children.

The internet is a medium which I have made my own since the early days of the World Wide Web. My main web site (http://vasthead.com) has been on line continuously since 1997.

Created and currently maintain one of the most widely respected web sites concerning radio history:Houston Retro Radio.

The Blurb Page: What some well-know people are saying about Houston Retro Radio.

Created and currently maintain a web site providing news, weather, and tourism information for the Galveston area: The Galveston Arrow.


Education

College of Technology, University of Houston

Master of Science, University of Houston College of Technology,  (GPA 3.61).

Completed program in Occupational Education and Technology with an emphasis in Training and Development. The Training and Development curriculum is now called Human Resource Development (HRD).

Click here for the HRD master's program as described by the College of Technology.

I was admitted to the program with an M.A.T. score more than double the level required for admission.  This was a comprehensive train-the-trainer curriculum.

Studies included:

  • Instructional design
  • Computers in training
  • Management of programs for training and education
  • Instructional evaluation
  • Facilitating group instruction
  • Job skills research
  • Trends in occupational education
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Evaluation of training

The Instruction Design curriculum covered the entire five-part ADDIE process: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

I was thoroughly trained in the Kirkpatrick model for training evaluation. My Work Samples page for prospective employers includes forms I developed using that model. That model measures reaction, learning, behavior, and results for a training program or training module.

My master's degree is really an adult education degree. It covers much of the same territory as a degree in education, but the emphasis in on adults. Adult education is said to begin at age 16.

Along the way, there was a lot of emphasis on business "soft skills" such as customer service, project management, time management, business writing,and leadership skills. I don't mean I took courses in those areas, but those were the kind of subjects we often chose while creating examples of training in an organization.

On my own web site, here is a 50-page paper on time management training:

Time Management by the Ton: An Unhurried Look at Time Management

That is not a master's thesis, just a long pager. I wrote it for a special projects course.

The paper contains one of the few on line descriptions of Time Power, a book and training program designed by Dr. Charles R, Hobbs in 1974. In 2011, Dr. Hobbs contacted me, and I agreed to be quoted when the book is re-released.

For a different course, I created an evaluation plan for Time Power. The paper assumes that the Time Power program is taught to a fictionalized group of sales people.

Undergraduate Studies

BA, University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communications.

Majored in Radio-TV-Film. Courses included numerous speech and drama classes, English, journalism, advertising, radio production, radio-TV writing, radio-TV news, radio-TV management, communications law, and history of cinema.

Also attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, making dean's list both semesters. Majored in Journalism.

Continuing Education: This section to be developed.

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Have completed four continuing education courses in classroom management in public schools.


Languages

Completed Spanish courses in high school and college, and have kept up a minimal proficiency. Although far from fluent, I have a reading vocabulary that is at about the level of a second-year Spanish course. Able to translate simple written phrases.


Computer Skills

Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Captivate, Articulate, Authorware, Photoshop, digital audio editing.

Have worked with e-learning software as far back as 1997.

Have used word processing programs regularly since 1989. Have used Microsoft Word since 1993.

Have used Dreamweaver, the Adobe web development program, nearly every day since 2001. The page your are now reading was developed entirely by me using CS 5.5.

Although not a a Java developer, I frequently change existing scripts to meet the particular needs of my web site.


Professional Organizations

Past and current memberships include:


Personal

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Areas of comprehensive study include the following business topics: time management, negotiation, sales, entrepreneurial management, public speaking, advertising, and creative problem-solving and decision-making.


This is a functional resume. The emphasis is on skills and accomplishments, rather than on addresses of employers, names of supervisors, and similar data. Specific references will be sent after mutual interest in employment has been established.

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Texas Woman's University

In both words and pictures, no part of my background is better documented than my work at the Texas Woman's University Houston Center. The campus is located in the world-famous Texas Medical Center.

TWU Houston

Above: Texas Woman's University after a rare Houston snowfall. The Learning Resource Center I managed was on the second floor of the building on the left. The Baylor College of Medicine is across the street further to the left. Methodist Hospital is behind the TWU building in the background.

Learning Resource Center. Texas Woman's University TWU Institute of Health Sciences - Houston Center

Above: The Learning Resource Center for the TWU Houston campus.

For the Texas Woman's University Houston campus, managed all instructional technology used in health science training. Responsibilities included entire TWU media library and all TWU instructional technology at the Texas Medical Center.

Managed over 700 multi-media training modules, a file of professional papers, and a high-traffic faculty reserve file.  Coordinated inter-library loans with other Texas Woman's University campuses and with health science facilities throughout the Houston area.

Reserve file desk at TWU Houston Center

Above: The reserve file desk of the TWU Learning Resource Center in Houston. I took this picture during the first few days on the job. Open 60 hours a week, student assistants normally managed the reserve file. However, I personally operated it alone 20 hours a week in addition to other ongoing responsibilities. This meant that the LRC had to be left unattended if I was needed in a classroom or in one of the three video recording rooms.

At Texas Woman's University, I was doing work alone previously done by two full-time staff. For that one job, there were many hats to wear...

The librarian hat was only one of them. Other hats included Media Technician II (the official state title), manager of learning resources, manager of instructional technology, videographer, photographer, darkroom technician, instructional designer, stand-up trainer, and evaluator of training.

At Texas Woman's University, I ascertained health science media needs for the TWU Houston Center. Initiated the preview, evaluation, and purchase of new training materials.

Directed the distribution, security and maintenance of over 250 pieces of media equipment.  Programmed video cable to classrooms.  Provided media support services such as copy stand photography, general still photography, and video recording of lectures and demonstrations. 

We served both the faculty and students.

I conducted presentations to students on the use of media for health science projects. Wrote communiques to faculty and staff to explain our services.

View of sunlit window which looks upon Baylor. Texas Woman's University Houston Center

Besides the Learning Resource Center, I managed a video studio (located, inconveniently, eight flights above the LRC), two video recording classrooms, a fully-equipped darkroom, and a production room.

All told, my own Media Services facilities were spread between three different locations in two buildings. I also managed instructional technology in all the classrooms and throughout the campus.

With such widely dispersed facilities, it was very common to be needed in two or more places at once. I was the only full-time staff for an operation open 60 hours a week. Because I had replaced two other positions (a Ph.D. and a M.S.), I took specific steps to build the capability of a one-person department.

Student assistant at Texas Woman's University TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center

Above: A student assistant organizes the card catalog at the Houston Learning Resource Center of Texas Woman's University. The unusual colors are due to my use of color filters on both the camera and flash.

To make better use of a high-turnover, part-time staff, wrote training manual documenting operation. Initiated the first formal instruction of student assistants, cutting training time from a matter of weeks to a matter of hours.

This was important because the assistants needed to be able to answer faculty questions starting with the first day on the job.

As new people were hired, they were selected for their willingness to be trained, to make a meaningful contribution to the operation and to make instructional technology a part of their professional education. In some cases, entire areas of the operation could be turned over to a particular part-time assistant.

Altogether, I hired and trained 23 student employees for Texas Woman's University.

My Management
Style at TWU

I worked without direct supervision and 300 miles from the main campus, doing all the work previously done by two people.

As I already mentioned, one way I increased my own productivity was to make better use of the student assistants.

Another tactic was for me to put in long hours during the really busy times of the semester. On my What Others Say web page, a noted cancer researcher comments on how I resolved a problem he faced when teaching a night class at the TWU Houston Center.

At Texas Woman's University, my overall management style was to do whatever it took to get a job done: To eliminate problems before they were really problems, and to seek long-term solutions to any that existed.

I believed that there was no problem too small to escape immediate attention, nor too large for at least the beginning of a solution.

Texas Woman's Uniersity - TWU Houston Center - TV's and VCR's

 

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The excitement that Houston Retro Radio has spun can be explained with all the dogmatism of brevity...

When it launched in 2003, Houston Retro Radio never intended to be anything more than a single page on The Vasthead, an educational resource site that Grady McAllister has run since 1997.

Gradually, this web site in the middle of a web site achieved a life of its own as current broadcasters -- as well as once and future broadcasters and radio aficionados worldwide -- combed through this treasure trove of historically valuable recordings.

That one Houston Retro Radio page propagated into many. Now, noteworthy broadcasters find their past personas in these pages, and many have written to express their heartfelt appreciation.

There is no doubt about it: If these pages had never emerged, most of these recordings would have eventually disappeared from the face of the earth, never to be heard by any future generation.

The all-pervading intelligence of the World Wide Web means that everything here is now replicated around the planet. Somebody somewhere will always have each of these recordings.

What you are looking at is an entire section of history preserved.

Now, Houston Retro Radio is on the verge of becoming the most talked about, the most written about, the most buzzed about radio archive that has ever pulsed through the Internet. The remarks on the Blurb page tell the story.

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