Dr. Bill Hettinger

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Dr. Bill Hettinger is The Professor – Workforce Housing Guru, Professional Problem Solver, & Purveyor of Professional Financial Literacy.

Dr. Bill is an expert at making the complex simple. He is an author, educator, and speaker who excels at taking complex, technical concepts and translating these into simple, understandable language.

Dr. Bill is President and Founder of Prosperous Communities, a housing and economic development consultancy. Dr. Bill has spoken nationwide on the housing market failure effecting resort communities, developed training to provide community development professionals with the skills needed to address a housing crisis, and coached community leaders through the development of strategies and implementation of solutions.

Dr. Bill is also the founder of Effective E-Learning where he develops online courses, evaluates online programs and consults on technology and the business of education.

He has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, CBSNews.com, The Denver Post, and the Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship.org. He has also been a guest on NPR and numerous local TV and radio shows.


Watch: Dr. Bill Discuss Creating Online Classes That Work!


Instructional Design (0:55); Advice to Teachers (5:59); Time Management (10:30)


Dr. Bill is the author of several books:

His 2005 classic, Living and Working in Paradise, describes the housing crisis faced by workers in resort communities and details the solutions four communities have used to provide housing for the local workforce and preserve their communities;

In 2011, as a tool for the entrepreneur and small business owner struggling to understand the language of finance, he partnered to write Finance Without Fear, an easy to understand text that explains the basics of finance and guides the entrepreneur and business owner through the process of creating and managing a profitable business. Finance Without Fear is the winner of the 2011 Best Book Award for Finance and Small Business;

In 2014, frustrated with the structure of online education, he wrote Online Classes That Work! Discovering the Secrets to Teaching Online, a must-read guide to the online classroom that assists instructors, program heads, and designers in creating and teaching effective online and blended classes. Online Classes That Work! was finalist for both the 2014 International Book and USA Best Book Awards in the Education and Academic category.

He is currently researching a workforce housing solutions book for the post recession economy.

He earned his Ph.D. in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, where his research focused on housing and tourism. He also earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from the University of Buffalo; he is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma; and holds an Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate from ASTD.


Dr. Bill’s consulting and education clients include Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, colleges and universities, corporate trainers, and individuals developing online courses or seeking assistance in launching their start-ups.

Additional information on Dr.Bill’s financial and entrepreneurship courses can be found at www.financewithoutfearuniversity.com


Contact Info:

Bill Hettinger, Ph.D.
Phone: (860) 456-4477
Cell: (860) 942-1334
email: bill@effective-elearning.com
Skype: bill.hettinger
Twitter: @drbillhettinger


Mailing Address:

274 Ballamahack Road
Windham, CT 06280


General Inquiries:

Phone: (860) 456-4477
email: info@effective-elearning.com

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