I have been an English Instructor at UW-Rock County since 2002. I joined the TRIO team in 2015, which has given me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students on their writing and allows me to bring my experience in the classroom to tutorial sessions with TRIO students.
I grew up near Toledo, Ohio, and attended Kenyon College; Ohio State University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree, and Ohio University, where I earned my master’s. My master’s thesis was an examination of James Joyce’s Ulysses and Geoffery Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, and much of my subsequent literary research has focused on similar works of satire.
When I am not grading papers or reading novels, I enjoy playing the guitar. For the past two years I have been playing in a band in Chicago that has yet to settle on a name. I also perform death-defying feats, but not on purpose. I have survived drowning, electric shock, choking on a green pepper and getting hit by a bus, all of which I am using fodder for a novel that I hope to finish before too long. I also hope to fulfill my lifetime goal of being a Jeopardy contestant.
I believe that writing and other forms of expression are vital to us as human beings. Creating our own works of art or appreciating those of others might not be seen as being as practical as other skills that college helps us develop, but creativity and understanding are two things that never fail to improve our lives.