As I see it, college professors are enablers--in the best sense of the word. By challenging students to achieve their potential as readers, writers, and thinkers, we enable them to lead rewarding lives--that is, lives that reward both them and the people around them. Since coming to UNCP in 1997, I have taught dozens of courses, ranging from first-year composition classes to upper-level and graduate courses in American literature. I have thrived on the opportunity to collaborate with students in the accumulation and production of knowledge as we have explored essays and poems, produced Web sites, traveled to literary and historic locales, and discussed what it means to be alive in America and in the world.
I see my role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in much the same way. I strive to empower my colleagues to teach students effectively, produce scholarship, and serve the university and larger communities. I have been blessed with a group of enormously talented and dedicated colleagues who make my job a pleasure.
My scholarly interests run parallel to those of my work as a teacher. They center on American literature, particularly the intersections of literature and journalism. My current and recent scholarly projects include Literature and Journalism: Inspirations, Intersections, and Inventions from Ben Franklin to Stephen Colbert (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming), "Thomas Wolfe, 'Return,' and the Asheville Citizen" (Thomas Wolfe Review, forthcoming), "The Polar Regions" (Poe in Context, forthcoming), "Stories of Today: Rebecca Harding Davis's Investigative Fiction" (Journalism History, summer 2012), and Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Away from campus, I spend my time running and cycling, building things, and spending time with my wife, Lisa, and our children, Essie and Will.
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