Updated in April 2023

Samuel J. Hamm, Jr., PhD (“Sam”)

samhamm in that Gmail domain

Pronouns = [‘he’, ‘him’, ‘his’], as in the sentence, “He celebrates all pronouns, and how their freedom empowers and realizes a better world for him and his loved ones.”


Versatile, experienced, and well-rounded educator/technologist with 8+ years as a professor and higher education leader, 4 years teaching code to career-changing adults, and 3+ years as a software developer. Eager to creatively contribute my education experience and tech savvy to an innovative and collaborative team.


The University of Washington Bothell; 2023: WordPress Developer

  • On a Marketing & Communications team focused on site migration from Kentico into WordPress
  • Responsibilities: page updates, site maintenance, verification of site brand and content standards
  • Engineered a Chrome extension for team use in automated site testing

Microsoft, Redmond, WA; 2019 – 2022: Software Development Engineer

  • Sites supported by the team included: dynamics.microsoft.com, powerapps.microsoft.com, powerautomate.microsoft.com powerbi.microsoft.com, and others, as well as services provided to other teams
  • Duties included: site updates and enhancements with reusable UI and back-end components, delivery within regular sprints and major Microsoft events, translation and localization, deployment, code reviews, performance optimization, web accessibility, and on-call shifts to address live-site issues resulting from monitoring and customer feedback
  • Subject matter expert for search engine optimization (SEO), including templatizing new SEO pages and leading team members in addressing technical SEO issues
  • Ongoing team contributions in documentation and mentorship of new team members
  • Tech stack: .NET/C#, HTML/JavaScript/CSS; integrations with Azure, New Relic, Contentful

Code Fellows, Seattle, WA; 2015 – 2019: Lead Instructor

  • Classroom and remote teaching in introductory/intermediate web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, SQL, Git + GitHub, Node, Express, Handlebars, Jest, and multiple other libraries)
  • 35 individual month-long courses taught with 750+ total students over four years
  • Extensive LMS experience with Canvas and its API, including course templatization and student records
  • Develop curriculum using ADDIE and SAM models, guide strategic assessment efforts, and create/adapt/consult on instructional materials, including management of documentation and repositories.
  • Regular individual interaction with students including one-on-one meetings and written feedback
  • Onboarding, mentoring, and coaching of teaching assistant teams supporting students during labs, with focus on empathy, growth mindset, inclusiveness, equity, and social justice

Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT; 2006 – 2014: Associate Professor of Music (tenure earned in 2012)

  • Taught courses in music theory, music history, history of rock, world music, and other related topics
  • Facilities management, event scheduling, and event recording
  • Academic advising and supervision of senior honors projects
  • Chaired campus-wide faculty committees in curriculum and evaluation, served on multiple faculty search committees, and earned repeated election by peers to the faculty executive committee
  • Service in national professional organizations including president, treasurer, and newsletter editor

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, School of Music & Performing Arts; 2005 – 2006: Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Technology