Timothy Goldman, MA

Sr. Instructional Designer


Tim is Senior Instructional Designer at the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he spent 15 years in consumer electronics and tech designing training programs for Sony Electronics and Viasat, where he educated internal and external teams in support of nationwide product launches. Tim has partnered with staff development leaders at Google, Microsoft, Dolby Labs, Adobe, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and others, bringing big-picture visions into tangible form via thoughtful messaging and practical execution strategies. Tim has produced a variety of educational and training programs, including live streaming broadcasts that enable executives to influence and inform in real time. He also develops document and design standards that are applicable across organizations, authors E-learning modules and produces video content. Tim’s training philosophy is rooted in an appreciation for the end-user’s context, always seeing it as the proper starting point for effective adult instructional design. A California native, Tim earned an M.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from San Diego State University and a B.A. in History from UCLA. His myriad vocational experiences include stints as a recording engineer in Hollywood, bartender in San Francisco, magazine writer in Orange County and golf instructor in northern California. A natural teacher, Tim’s curiosity about the world drives him through a life of learning. He spends his leisure time cooking, swimming, recording music and playing golf in America's Finest City.