Office Location: Nethery Hall 121
BA, MA Andrews University
PhD University of Alberta
"The mind--the culture--has two little tools, grammar and lexicon: a decorated sand bucket and a matching shovel. With these we bluster about the continents and do all the world's work. With these we try to save our very lives."
Most days it's hard for me to imagine that there are other ways to fill one's days than teaching and learning. I relish the process of developing and exchanging ideas, of making meaning and art out of the written and spoken word, of immersing myself in the best words of writers and scholars from many times and places.
I completed my PhD at the University of Alberta in 1991. My dissertation deals with literary nonfiction writers Annie Dillard and Lewis Thomas. I did my first two degrees here at Andrews: a BA in English and Communication (1977) and an MA in English Literature (1978). Before returning to Andrews in 1992, I taught at Canadian University College in Alberta, and Newbold College in England.
I currently teach primarily writing and performance classes in the English and Communication Departments at Andrews. I also teach in SAGES--the campus' honors program. I have received two awards for my teaching here: The Honors Faculty of the Year, 2001-2002; and The Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997-1998.
Outside of teaching I enjoy correspondence, film, writing and delivering homilies, and all things kitchen-related.
Current Research or Professional Activities:
I have published peer-reviewed articles in The Michigan Academician (on Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes) and The Journal of Adventist Education (on the oral reading of scripture). I authored the entry on Annie Dillard for the Encyclopedia of the Essay and reviewed a scholarly book on Annie Dillard for the Journal of Religion and Literature. I have presented papers and chaired sessions at numerous conferences including the College English Association, International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Christianity and Literature, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, and the Association of Adventist English Teachers. I regularly attend Calvin College's Festival of Faith and Writing. On-going research projects focus on Annie Dillard, Virginia Woolf, and the Old Testament Song of Songs.