My educational background includes a B.A. in psychology from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My work history includes roles as a college teacher, project researcher, outplacement counselor, and small business owner.
I think of myself as a cognitive-dispositionalist and nonreductionist with a strong idiographic and noological orientation. My diverse and growing research interests include the relationship between personality diversity and discipline-specific academic performance; personality and cognitive style correlates of student worldview development; the relationship between personality and career self-management; and more.
In my spare time, I am an ailurophile, INFP, part-time iconoclast, prototypical member of Strauss and Howe’s Idealist generation, wearer of the Green Hat, and avid viewer of television reruns from the 1960s and 1970s. I am a past recipient of the Dave Greenberger Memorial Desk Award. My grade school nickname was "Wooden Head". I am the only person in the Wausau area to celebrate Waitangi Day each year. I have memorized the William Butler Yeats poem "The Choice" in its entirety (all eight lines). I collect wheat ear pennies, play chess badly, am a former couch potato, have studied five foreign languages (with minimal fluency at best in any), and agree with G.K. Chesterton that anything worth doing is worth doing badly. I am also active on Facebook, for reasons that escape me.