Before I moved to the other side of the desk, I minored astrophysics and philosophy while earning my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1987. After teaching sixth grade in New York City, I returned to Toronto, where I earned an M.A. in English Literature in 1989. From 1991 to 1992, I taught ESL at Adelphi University on Long Island (where I grew up). In 1996, I earned my doctorate in American Literature from the University of Delaware. Before coming to Chaffey in 1998, I taught composition and literature at the University of Delaware and at Cecil Community College in Maryland, where I also served as Director of the Writing Laboratory.
I've published several encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and articles on poetry in Connotations, Twentieth Century Literature, and Paideuma.
Program Coordinator for Chaffey College's Milliken Planetarium for three years and Secretary of the Faculty Senate for seven years, I have been recognized for service at Chaffey with the President's Award for Excellence. In 2000-2002, I served as a Special Delegate for two-year colleges on the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly. I am certificated in Distance Education from @ONE. I served as chief negotiator for and still work as grievance officer and PAC Chair for the Chaffey College Faculty Association. In March, I graduated with the NEA's Emerging Leader Academy class of 2012-2013.
In the English Department at
Chaffey, I teach the range of courses both face-to-face and online.
That's the official poop.
Here's some stuff it doesn't include. I love to travel and have been all over the world--Israel, Thailand, England, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands--and all across the United States and Canada (twenty-eight of the states and five of the provinces). Here's a photo of me in July 2000 in Portugal with Coco the road dog--a nasty little bugger who became my best buddy.
When I'm not at my
computer, I'm playing (or trying to play) golf, gardening, peeking
reading in my yard, or building Lego. I live
with my wife and
two of her chidren; we share three cats and eight fish.