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

Root Beer in New Zealand
(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