Interview with Dan Clapper, PMP

A certificate in Project Management is one of the new certificate programs offered in the Continuing Education program. Courses in the Project Management category meet the education requirements for sitting for the PMP® exam. Whatever industry or field you work in, you will learn valuable tips that can immediately be put to use. Let's find out more from the instructor!

Could you tell us about your background?

A lifelong learner from Silicon Valley, I value collaboration, innovation, and user-friendly design. I graduated from Stanford in literature, loved the Apple Macintosh from the start, and used it to earn advanced degrees in education and systems science. Since 2007, I have been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

I work in global business communication and project management. I have about thirty years of experience as an educator, curriculum designer, manager, and consultant. After managing projects for a Fortune 5 company in some 18 different countries, I settled in Tokyo 7 years ago and began working with TUJ soon after.

What courses do you teach? — How can these courses help students?

I teach courses in management. These help students cope with most any 21st Century organization, whether it is a big corporation or their own idea for a startup. Students learn to model, plan, and manage projects and businesses. They learn by doing, specifically, by doing tasks in a collaborative way and with today's technologies. Assignments like SWOT analyses or business models are designed to help students make valuable contributions to their organizations.

Do you know of any success stories of students who took your course?

Many, but let me mention just one course, one that helps students prepare for the very demanding, four-hour PMP examination. Many students who complete the course, including most Japanese, now go on to pass the test. I love getting the email telling me they succeeded.

What backgrounds do your students have?

They are lifelong learners from about four different backgrounds. Some are fairly young people who didn't study management at school but now want or need to learn about it. Many are successful early-career people who now need to manage larger projects or organizations. Many are mid-career technical people who want (or need) to develop soft or people management skills to succeed (or find work in) a more global organization. Finally, some are experienced project managers who want (or need) to become certified.

Did you know?

In 2004 Dan was invited by the US Department of Defense to speak on US foreign language education for the post 9/11 era.