Marc Porter, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Management
Assistant Professor, Management

mporter@patten.edu

(510) 485-7879

Education

  • Ph.D., Ohio University
  • M.A., Brigham Young University
  • B.A., University of Georgia

Biography

Dr. Marc Porter’s expertise lies in organizational learning and development. His experience includes positions in both academe and corporations. Early in his career he was the director of graduate studies in human communication, advising students toward master’s degrees and chairing thesis committees. He later chaired a management and business program for a private, non-profit university. His scholarly interests and doctoral degree are in organizational communication and philosophy. He’s published articles on social constraints toward diversity in organizations, deflection in environmental advertising by corporations, and managing the common ground in organizational conflicts. Most recently, he presented how American culture maligns vocational craftsmanship and leaves us unable to progress beyond narrow and elite definitions of work. He’s directed education and training for a division of Intel, helping lead the company into medical device regulations. He’s spent many years as an organizational development consultant working with such companies as Eli Lily, Chevron, and Smucker’s. He holds a doctorate from Ohio University, a master’s in Human Resource Development from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. He grew up in Atlanta and now lives with his wife in the Bay Area. They have children scattered across the continent.