Dr. Bonnie Budd
Founder and Principal
Dr. B created Course Kitchen in 2016 to provide organizations with access to the best learning and development professionals in the field. She serves as the primary point of contact for clients as a consultant, designer, developer, and project manager, and she has never been happier! Over the last ten years (give or take), she helped to launch and improve learning design initiatives in academic, financial, healthcare, and research organizations. She is committed to the continuous improvement of learning experiences whenever and wherever they occur.
Dr. B teaches graduate students in the Advanced Learning Experience Design and Assessment course and the Interactive Multimedia Design course at Brandeis University. She is the Director of Online Learning at Bryant University, leading a team of Learning Experience Developers to create and support the school's first online degree program the Professional Master of Business Administration. Prior to this role, she served as the Manager of Learning Design and Analytics in the Teaching and Learning Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. This followed her time at Babson College where she was the Blended Learning Manager for Babson Executive Education, the University of Missouri-St Louis where she was the Lead Instructional Designer, and the Online Training Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Dr. B earned a BS in Mathematics from Salve Regina University in 1999 and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. She earned her her EdD from Northeastern University with her dissertation, "Motivation by Design: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Adult Student Experience in an Online Course".
Along with her husband, stepson, and puppies Piper and Timber, Dr. B spends a lot of time tending to her blueberry bushes in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts. She loves to cook, especially with friends willing to tackle really complicated dishes, a joy she discovered upon starting Neighbor Dinners in St Louis. She owns a banjo with dreams of knowing how to play it someday, but so far it just looks pretty in the living room.