Associate Lecturer in English
PhD, English (1991), Washington State University
MA, Language and Composition (1983), Eastern Michigan University
BS, Linguistics, minor in Literature (1981), Eastern Michigan University
I have taught English at Idaho State University in Idaho Falls for over fourteen years, and I have been teaching college-level English for thirty years. Nevertheless, my strength in junior high and high school had always been math. I took all the accelerated math classes throughout public school. I discovered, however, once I was in college that I could never actually finish my degree in math.
I instead discovered the arts and the great books. I even set myself a goal of reading all the great books---a goal I failed at because for every great book I read I was introduced to several more. I decided to major in English and went on to get a master's and a doctorate.
I got these degrees because I found linguistics--the study of language. I experienced in linguistics a life that united the math me and the art me. Both are languages, and linguistics gave me insight into both science and art.
What all these experiences taught me is that discovering problems and figuring out how to solve them teaches best, and when I teach, I try to give my students a problematic experience that they can learn from. I tell my students that my approach is to throw them in the river and see if they can swim. I do also tell them that it is my intent to rescue them before they drown.
That's what I love about teaching--presenting my students with problems for them to solve and then assisting them as they try to work out solutions by giving them options for how to solve the problems. There are usually options--one will work for one student and another for another student. This is my approach, but I don't always succeed. Nobody does. But we all learn much more by failure than we learn from success. I often failed at problem solving, but the failures made me seek solutions and made me a stronger person.
"Measure for Measure at the 2007 Idaho Shakespeare Festival; Or, As the Director Likes It" Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal XXVII (2008).
“Shaw in Idaho.” The Independent Shavian: The Journal of the Bernard Shaw Society 44.1-2 (2006).
"The History of Troilus and Cressida." Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal XI (1991).
- 3311: Writing and Research about Literature
- 3308: Business Writing
- 3307: Professional and Technical Writing
- 2278: American Literature II
- 2268: British Literature II
- 2267: British Literature I
- 2257: World Literature I
- 2211: Introduction to Literary Analysis
- 1126: The Art of Film
- 1115: Major Themes in Literature
- 1110: Introduction to Literature
- 1107: Nature of Language
- 1102: Critical Reading and Writing
- 1101: English Composition
- 0090: Basic Writing
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