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Stuart Towns

Contributing Faculty

College of Management and Technology

School of Management

Degree ProgramM.S. Project Management

Stuart G. Towns has been an instructor at Walden since 2003. He has taught several courses in the MBA (Masters of Business Administration) and MSPM (Masters of Project Management) departments.

Before teaching at Walden, Stuart was a Project/Product Manager at an Internet consulting firm in San Francisco. The firm's claim to fame (before the infamous dot-com crash back in 2000–2001) was being involved with the creation and launch of the travel website Orbitz, where they were responsible for not only the engineering back-end but also the user experience on the front-end.

In the past few years, in addition to instructing courses at Walden, Stuart has gone back to the business world by starting his own company in Thailand, with the mission to create “intelligent e-Learning” websites.

Courses Taught

MMBA 6020 - Fostering a Culture of Innovation

MSPM 6180 - Business Process Management and Systems

Education

BS, Washington and Lee University

MS, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

Awards / Honors

William Kenan Fellowship, North Carolina State University, 1987

Publications

Lester, J. C., Towns, S. G., Fitzgerald, P. J., others (1998). Achieving affective impact: Visual emotive communication in lifelike pedagogical agents International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED)

Lester, J. C., Charles, C., Gr\'egoire, Jo\"el P, Stelling, G. D., Towns, S. G., Zettlemoyer, L. S. (2001). Animated pedagogical agents in knowledge-based learning environments

Towns, S. G., Watson Todd, R. (2014). Blueprints or conduits? Using an automated tool for text analysis

Towns, S. G., Voerman, J. L., Callaway, C. B., Lester, J. C. (1998). Coherent gestures, locomotion, and speech in life-like pedagogical agents

Lester, J. C., Voerman, J. L., Towns, S. G., Callaway, C. B. (1997). Cosmo: A life-like animated pedagogical agent with deictic believability

Towns, S. G., Loo, D. B. (2011). Current Issues In The Development Of Multimedia Language Learning Software For Mobile Devices: Platforms To Reach Thai University Students

Lester, J. C., Towns, S. G., Callaway, C. B., Voerman, J. L., FitzGerald, P. J. (2000). Deictic and emotive communication in animated pedagogical agents

Lester, J. C., Voerman, J. L., Towns, S. G., Callaway, C. B. (1999). Deictic believability: Coordinated gesture, locomotion, and speech in lifelike pedagogical agents Applied Artificial Intelligence

Towns, S. G., Watson Todd, R. (2014). Disunity in Cohesion: How Purpose Affects Methods and Results When Analyzing Lexical Cohesion.

Callaway, C. B., Towns, S. G., Lester, J. C. Generating Coordinated Natural Language and 3D Animations for Complex Spatial Explanations

Towns, S. G., Watson Todd, R. (2017). Methods for identifying relations and associations in text

Lester, J. C., Callaway, C. B., Stone, B., Towns, S. G. (1997). Mixed initiative problem solving with animated pedagogical agents

Towns, S. G. (1998). Multi-model Explanation Generation for 3D Learning Environments

Towns, S. G. (2012). Text Adaptation in Support Adaptive Tests New Challenges and Innovations in Language Assessment

Towns, S. G., FitzGerald, P. J., Lester, J. C. (1998). Visual Emotive Communication in Lifelike Pedagogical Agents

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