I earned my Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 1995, where I taught as a graduate instructor in the Rhetoric and General Education programs. My focus in graduate studies included rhetorical and translational issues in Anglo-Saxon and biblical texts, as well as the oral and written traditions of English folk ballads. After a two-year stint as an assistant professor at a tiny liberal arts college on the east coast, I came to the U of M in 1997.
My work as a writing teacher and administrator has piqued my interest writing across the curriculum, as well as the institutional history and place of composition studies, and the evolving possibilities of digital technologies for writing instruction. My teaching in First-Year Writing recently has revolved around themes of sustainability.
Outside of academe, I enjoy camping, canoeing, and traveling with my wife and two kids. I'm a baseball fan, and I compulsively write songs and play guitar in a couple of bands.