One of the best things about argumentation theory and critical thinking research is their broad applicability to a host of actual, real-world issues. Argumentation theory is relevant to things like negotiation, internal communications, evaluative judgment making, and collaborative or interpersonal reasoning in just about any imaginable context. Critical thinking research offers much of value to people interested in how individuals and groups use evidence to make decisions, about how those decisions can go wrong, and about how they can be improved. Training people to think critically helps them become resistant to deception and manipulation, helps them shed bad habits of thought and communication, helps them become become aware of the biases and other natural pitfalls of irrationality into which human beings tend to fall, and helps them appreciate the often avoidable consequences of not sufficiently thinking things through.

The best scholarship is the sort that works on real problems. This is why I am interested in opportunities to apply what I learn in my research and scholarship outside of academia. If your organization can benefit from any of the skills or abilities I list here, or has analytical or research needs in the content areas in which I specialize, please don’t hesitate to contact me about possible consulting work or other opportunities. All such contacts should be directed to me at:

Here are some of the specific areas in which I have either done work already, or am qualified to do it:

  • critical thinking instruction
  • critical thinking in social media contexts
  • information quality assessment
  • organizational design and planning
  • negotiation, especially in terms of argumentation strategies
  • writing policies and procedures
  • formulating clear criteria for judgment-making

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