What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
The excitement of discovering new ideas with students and seeing them develop new skills.
What age were you when you first discovered that you wanted to be a teacher?
I was 22 years old, in 1987, during the baccalaureate of my college graduation. I sat there thinking about my life. I saw all the professors marching up the aisle who had taught me so much and I thought "I want to do what they did for me."
What is your favorite subject to teach?
Rhetorical Theory, because in this subject you get to ask philosophical, religious and sociological questions about what it means to be human and about how human beings are transformed through the power of words.
Where is your favorite place/season/event on campus?
My favorite season on campus is spring. During the spring it is delightful to watch as the green starts showing up amidst the brown all around the campus. My favorite place on campus is the Musselman Library Reading Room.
Who were your favorite teachers in middle school and high school?
In middle school, Mervin Yoder, who taught me to play guitar and suggested that I might eventually go to college; in high school, Carl Heintzelman, who taught me how to make good arguments.
What do you do in your free time?
I read, bicycle and parent.
Where in the world would you like to travel?
What kind of activities did you participate in when you were in college?
I was a student senator, worked on the student newspaper and served as a resident hall assistant.
What is on your 'bucket list'?
I would like to spend a whole year in Europe, especially visiting villages in Switzerland and Germany where my ancestors lived.