B.A. Wesleyan University
I was born in New Jersey, spent my teenage years in Louisville, KY, and found my way to New England for college. My experience at Wesleyan University was so fulfilling I extended my stay, working primarily with the University Relations office on technology projects in the early days of the internet. My next engagement was 5 years of fast-paced corporate IT consulting in central Massachusetts, which was followed by 12 years as the Instructional Technologist at nearby Franklin Pierce University. There, I had the opportunity to teach Web Design and Web Programming courses, and work alongside my wife in the Mass Communications department on numerous TV studio productions and university webcasts.
I'm very glad to have found my way to Dublin for a new academic adventure, where my son has already enjoyed a successful freshman year.
What book has made you think the most? Non-fiction: How to Read a Film by James Monaco
Fiction: Dune by Frank Herbert
What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? In college, professor Ron Cameron took a subject I had no prior interest in and, with the sheer force of his overwhelming enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, turned it into an engaging and eye-opening experience. He demonstrated that "love of teaching" is as real and powerful as "love of learning."
Honorable mention though must go to my 7th-grade math teacher, Mr. Domeraski, who sat me in front of my middle school's very first personal computer (an Apple II) and gave me free reign to explore. Thanks, Mr. D!
What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Myth & Ideology in the Western, a film class taught by Richard Slotkin. It was a fascinating exploration into the historical and cultural context of America's oldest film genre, and one of the courses that convinced me to change my major.
If I had a free afternoon I would... attempt to improve something. I say that in the broadest sense, since it could mean organizing, cataloging, building, coding, gardening, or even cleaning!
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Enjoying the tranquility of nature -- particularly kayaking and camping with my family.