What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I feel privileged to have the rare opportunity to spend my time reading about and discussing communication and how it shapes our world. I love when I see students share my enthusiasm for critical thinking and cultural theory.
What age were you when you first discovered that you wanted to be a teacher?
I'm from a family of teachers, but I was inspired to become a professor after taking classes with J. Denny Weaver and Gerald Mast as a student here at Bluffton.
What is your favorite subject to teach, and why?
I love teaching Public Speaking and Persuasion. I have the chance to interact with diverse groups of first-year students. I love the energy that these new students bring to campus.
Where is your favorite place on Bluffton's campus?
The walk across campus from Riley Court to Musselman Library in the fall when all the leaves are changing.
What do you do in your free time?
Read essays about philosophy and popular culture, watch re-runs of Lost, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, work on my dissertation and play with Aristotle, my miniature dachshund puppy.
What was the first job you ever had?
Detassling corn for my grandfather's hybrid seed company when I was 14.
What kinds of activities did you participate in when you attended college?
I was in P.E.A.C.E. Club, Bluffton College Young Democrats, Diakonia and Habitat for Humanity.
Where is somewhere that you would like to visit?
What is your 'bucket list', or a couple things you would like to do before you die?
I want to finish my dissertation, write a book, learn to read German, improve my chess game and see one of my former students become a professor.