Literature & Languages
Simkins (Alder) Building
Phone: (509) 865-8542
Ph.D., Philosophy and Ph.D. English, Purdue University, 1984
M.A., Philosophy, Purdue University, 1981
B.A., Philosophy and English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1976
- Previously taught at Purdue University, University of Maryland, Kyorin University (Tokyo), and served as Chair of English and Assistant Dean for the University of Maryland Asian Division.
- Previously served as Chair of English and Humanities and Honors Program Chair at Heritage University.
- President of the Faculty Senate, Heritage University, for 14 years.
- Philosophy Courses: Logic and Critical Thinking. Philosophy and Culture. Advanced Logic. Advanced Ethics. Native American Philosophy.
- Writing Courses: English Composition I/II. Poetry. Advanced Poetry. Editing and Desktop Publishing Workshop. Teaching Composition. Practicum in Teaching Composition.
- Literature Courses: Literary Theory/Teaching Literature. American Literature I/II. World Literature I/II. Native American Literature. J.R.R. Tolkien. Modern Science Fiction. Practicum in Teaching Literature.
- Linguistics Courses: Introduction to Linguistics. Applied Linguistics. Syntax. History of English. Sociolinguistics. Language Acquisition. Teaching Linguistics. Practicum in Teaching Linguistics.
- Research Courses: Research Methods. Quantitative Methods. Qualitative Methods. Senior Thesis. Master’s Thesis I/II.
Research and Publication Interests:
- Phenomenology, especially Phenomenology of Human Skills.
- Literature (Poe, Wallace Stevens, Swift, Stern, Kafka, Camus, Tolkien, Le Guin, Borges, George R.R. Martin, Kawabata, Nabokov, and Trickster stories, among others)
- Language Acquisition/Pedagogy, including Generation 1.5 and Communicative Approaches.
- Poetry: Many readings, publications, and awards. I have had the pleasure of team-teaching workshops with writers such as Seamus Heaney, James Dickey, and Jim Barnes.
- Music: Performer (vocalist) and composer in multiple genres
- Editor: Pahto’s Shadow, Heritage’s webzine of the arts and literature.
- Chess Master: International Chess Federation Master and International Correspondence Chess Federation Master, member of Japan National Team. Accomplishments include U.S Collegiate Champion, Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Champion, Japan National Champion, and Africa Asia Zonal Champion.
- Chess Writer: Articles for multiple state, regional, and national magazines.