Brian Sorrell, Ph.D.

Auckland, New Zealand
Mobile: (+64) 021 234 3295


A skilled educator and wordsmith specialising in educational content, including development for Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle, Canvas, and iQualify, as well as consumer publications.

Career Summary

(2012 – present)
Writer / Editor

  • Edit educational materials for online courses, especially through Open Polytechnic.
  • Produce persuasive, readable copy in such diverse areas as corporate office design, parenting, and brand marketing.

University of Auckland
(2015 – 2017)
Professional Teaching Fellow in Philosophy

  • Develop and deliver lectures in Critical Thinking and Early Modern Philosophy, report to Head of Department, and ensure that course content reflects stated university standards and learning outcomes.
  • Supervise tutorial staff.
  • Develop student assessments.
  • Create content for and assist in maintaining existing content on LMS.

Riverside City College & California State University, San Bernardino
(2011 – 2012)
Lecturer in Philosophy

  • Develop and deliver lectures in Introduction to Philosophy.

Provident Savings Bank
(1999 – 2010)
Senior Programmer

  • Design and implement software solutions for unique corporate needs, primarily written in Java, with extensive database integration (Oracle, MySQL, MS SQL Server) and Intranet-based delivery (CSS, HTML, Javascript).
  • Reduce technology costs through automation and innovative procedural solutions.
  • Ensure data integrity and accuracy in reporting.
  • Mentor and train incoming staff.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2010
University of California, Riverside, US
Specialisation: Critical Thinking and Ordinary Language Philosophy

Bachelor of Physics
Bachelor of Philosophy, 1996
Central Connecticut State University, US

Technical Skills

  • Unix / Linux system administration, especially Debian-based systems, including Ubuntu
  • Java software development
  • Web server management, especially with Apache and Enterprise Java implementations on Tomcat
  • SQL, database management, especially MySQL / MariaDB, SQLServer, some Oracle and Postgresql
  • Technical writing, documentation, persuasive writing
  • Currently hosting