Teaching and Training

"Bill is unlike any cultural educator I have experienced. His wholehearted approach to teaching community cultural development creates a safe space for sharing and learning, and is unlike anything I have experienced in my education. The values and information he shared as a mentor and educator have made a lasting impact on my life. He has truly shaped the way I approach this work, encouraging me to be more intentional and to always listen. I am so grateful to have been his student!"

Brianna Hobbs, former Arts and Administration student
University of Oregon

University of Oregon, College of Design, School of Planning, Public Policy & Management

Eugene, Oregon. Taught Community Cultural Development, Arts Participation and Evaluation, and other courses for the Arts Administration Program (2007-2018). As Program Coordinator in Portland (2015-2017) I also developed conferences and workshops on leadership, equity, and evaluation, and conducted research toward a Portland-based master’s program.

U.S. Embassy

Berlin, Germany. Supported by the U.S. Embassy to speak at conferences and forums in Nürnberg, Berlin and Tübingen, Germany. Topics focused on equity, access, and cultural strategies for community revitalization. (2018)

University of Basel Cultural Management Program

Basel, Switzerland. Lectured with Dr. Patrick Föhl on cultural planning strategies. (2018)

Imagining America

University of California, Davis. Presented at the Fall 2016 Imagining America national conference with German colleague Patrick Föhl on Current U.S. and European Approaches to Community Cultural Development.

FH (University of Applied Sciences) Kufstein Tirol

Kufstein, Austria. Lectured on Mobilizing Local Culture: Portland at the 2014 Kuftsein Arts Management Summer School in Palea Epidavros, Greece.

Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V (Cultural Policy Society)

Bonn, Germany. Only U.S. presenter at the 2013 German conference on cultural policy and cultural planning. Conference name -- Kultur nach Plan? Strategien konzeptbasierter Kulturpolitik.

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (Fulbright Program)

Facilitated Collaborative Practice training at Portland State University with 70 Pakistani scholars. (2013)

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts

Northwest Chapter, Olympia, Washington. Facilitated a morning training session illustrating practical community building examples. (2009)

Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Honolulu, Hawaii. Trainer in two-day session for community-based arts organizations. Presentation focused on what it means to be a community-based organization and examples of how Portland arts organizations are surviving in a difficult economic climate. (2009)

U.S. Embassy

Berlin and Bonn, Germany. Faculty for American Studies conferences for English teachers at German High Schools. Presentations focused on community cultural development and urban development. (2006 and 2009)

Americans for the Arts National Conference

Seattle, Washington. Organized and moderated a session on Innovations in Urban Gardening, that explored the connections between public art and urban gardens. (2009)

Potsdam Fachhochschule (Applied Sciences University), Cultural Management Program,

Potsdam, Germany. Lectured in 2006 on cultural policy, community arts, and community development, and advised students with internships. Returned in 2008 (through receiving a J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board award) to research, teach and advise faculty and students on community cultural development practices.

U.S. Embassy

Prague, Czech Republic. Participated in panel discussion on “Empowering Marginalized Social Groups: The Role of Identities and Culture.” (2006)

Portland State University School of Urban Studies and Planning

Portland, Oregon. Guest lecturer on culture and sustainability for graduate course entitled Planning in the Pacific Northwest. (2004)

City of San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture

San Diego, California. Presented an arts and community development workshop with Neighborhood Arts Program artists. (2001)

Arizona Arts Commission

Phoenix, Arizona. Presented a training workshop on conducting community cultural assessments. (1999)

Center for Community Change

Boise, Idaho. Developed a housing and community economic development curriculum for the Northwest Cluster, a group of community development organizations serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. (1997–1998)

Oregon Teachers of English as a Second Language

Addressed annual conference on methods of community cultural development. (1995)

National School Leadership Conference

Scottsdale, Arizona. Planned and facilitated a 3-day conference program on "Building Community in Schools." (1995)

Network of Local Arts Agencies of Washington State

Presented a workshop on cultural animation (strategies of community cultural development) at the annual conference. (1994)

Community Strategic Training Institute

Portland, Oregon. Co-trainer in day-long training: “Exploring the Tools of Cultural Workers” (1991, 92, 93)

Western Arts Management Institute

Institute, Ashland, Oregon. Taught “Foundations of Community.” (1988, 89, 90)

Portland Public Schools, Talented and Gifted Program

Guided youth participants in a model leadership training program. (1989)

Marylhurst University

Marylhurst, Oregon. Taught courses on techniques of community cultural development and on understanding the cultures of Portland. Supervised liberal arts students working in various community settings. (1984-89)

Metropolitan Youth Commission

Portland, Oregon. Trained participants of the Portland Youth Planning Project, a youth leadership project, in methods of community planning and organizing. Facilitated brainstorming among youth and youth advocates during 1986 Youth Design Day and developed the report that outlined youth visions for Portland. (1986–88)

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania. Within the Community Development Department co-instructed “Strategies of Community Change,” and performed research on public utility problems and the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. (1980-82)