Erik is passionate about teaching and learning innovation that responds to the needs of schools, communities, and organizations. He brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experience in both secondary and higher education across face-to-face and digital learning spaces.

As a Senior Learning Designer in the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and the Academic Advancement Network, he plays a critical role in designing and aligning educator professional learning and development across a variety of projects at Michigan State University. His current research focuses on facilitating large-scale educational innovation, learning design and educator identities, and project chartering processes. He has taught a variety of courses and workshops focused on methods of teaching and design, mentoring educators, disciplinary and youth literacies, and digital literacies and educational technologies.

Erik earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.