My name is David Montague and I founded this website as a way to help two important needs; 1) provide needed educational solutions to organizations, and 2) provide inspiration to others toward their educational and career goals. It is important to note that I never charge for public speaking or advice to inspire individuals on gaining their education or ideas toward career success. Think of it as my way to support our community and give back to others. Any honorarium provided for public speaking goes to defray costs in overall efforts to help the community through public speaking.
I am passionate about equity in our education and criminal justice systems. This is what I work toward daily at my university as the person responsible for all aspects of student success within Academic Affairs, the mentoring of new faculty, and primary campus student lead for the implementation of a new ERP system (Workday Student). I value service to others most of all and as a tenured full professor of criminal justice, I am able to actively volunteer in a prisoner reentry to society program, engage in criminal justice projects, and speak to various audiences on educational and criminal justice and topics. Of course, I still have a passion for mentoring students and occasionally teaching courses.
Key achievements of my career include growing the brand “UA Little Rock Online” from 10 viable academic programs in 2015 to 69 viable academic programs (i.e. degrees, certificates, and minors) by 2021 when I was over the eLearning Office, teaching an Administrative Asset Forfeiture course at the FBI academy at the age of 23 years of age, and at 29 years of age being appointed as head of investigations for a unique federal agency to declassify records dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Over the years, I have intentionally leveraged my experiences and roles as a platform to mentor students. I have delivered over 250 presentations at academic conferences and community events and I have been privileged to present my research work across the United States and 6 foreign countries. I authored a textbook on drug crimes, another book about the revolutionizing of naval ship design using computer technology, and currently working on another book that chronicles my tenure as part of the United States Assassination Records Review Board during the 1990s. Finally, I completed degrees at Howard University (PhD), George Washington University (MA), and Morehouse College (BA).
Today, more than ever, it is important to understand the changing landscape within Higher Education. That understanding dictates the need to be flexible as educators in the way we consider teaching and learning, as well as the tools used. Online learning plays a role in how people gain knowledge and "online" does not simply refer to course modality. it also refers to the tools used to access and distribute content. Ease of access, reduced cost, appeal to learners needing flexibility, and quality of learning, are what drive the very survival of educational institutions today. Therefore, helping others to be proactive and innovative as institutions does not equate to a reduction in educational quality or less rigor. Sometimes the reality of offering a solution to centralize an organizational process can mean adopting tools as a benefit to an entire organization. That said, respect for an organization's culture is critically important. However, it takes determination and willingness to challenge an organization's traditional norms to help improve operations. So it is important to be innovative, optimistic, and have an open mind as to the importance of learning success.
Public speaking events are amazing opportunities to reach people. Whether face-to-face or virtual, connecting with other human beings, especially to provide stories and encouragement, benefit society. I have been blessed to be able to have asked to speak at hundreds of events over the years. More importantly, I have been able to address current issues in my presentations, with no limitations, to almost any demographic imaginable. People and organizations have a choice as to whom they provide a platform to speak to others connected to them. So I am honored to have been asked to speak to so many over the years, whether locally, or in other countries. In the end, Public speaking embodies the ability to capture minds, hearts, and spirits; to endure and to overcome.
By Paige Bowers & David Montague
Chicago Review Press, 2021
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2014
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2011
drdavidmontague.com - Inspiring Educational Solutions asserts that education is the key to unlocking human potential and that inclusive, collaborative, and supportive organizations foster better learning.