Dr. Teresa Lao, Ph.D., JD has been teaching for institutions of higher learning for the last 23 years for both online and face-to-face modalities. She has a Ph.D. in Education/Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Learning Technologies from New Mexico State University. Dr. Lao has a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism from Ball State University. She also received her Juris Doctorate (JD/law) from Concord Law School from Purdue University Global.
Dr. Lao has a passion for teaching and learning. She is eager to learn from all students and individuals whom she interacts. At the same time, she is ready to impart knowledge to those who would like to listen and learn along the way. In addition to teaching, Dr. Lao is involved in various presentations and publishing efforts with her doctoral students on the following topics: emotional intelligence, risk management, organizational change, learning technologies, curriculum and instruction, women’s issues, social media, transformational leadership, and spiritual leadership.
Dr. Teresa Lao has worked in various industries and specialization while working as a college professor. Some of Dr. Lao’s work experience include the following: Newspaper copy editor for the El Paso Times newspaper, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Investigator for a third-party law firm investigating discrimination complaints from employees of the Federal government. She also worked as a business communications instructor for professionals enrolled in the Instituto de Tecnologico de Monterrey in Juarez, Mexico. In addition, Dr. Lao served/serve as a Quality Matters (QM) Master Reviewer/Peer Reviewer where she reviews various higher ed courses to ensure they meet QM standards.
Currently, Dr. Lao is a certified mediator with the Bexar County Dispute Resolution. She is also a certified arbitrator with the Better Business Bureau. Dr. Lao is passionate about learning and teaching. Facilitating a course at the European Study Center (ESC) in Heidelberg would be a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Lao to impart her knowledge about intercultural communications.