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Welcome to my website. You will find here a few materials that you may find useful, including my blog and a page with items related to the students and courses I teach at Elon University in North Carolina. I’ll be adding more over time, including more of my contemporary writing and some from previous roles.
You can navigate through this site by clicking on the terms at the top right. To reach my blog, you also may click here
Always checking on the view
After a couple of decades as a journalist, mostly for newspapers in California, Hawai’i and Japan, I took a new and equally exhilarating path. Today I serve as an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon, a private university of about 7,000 students in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. I hold a doctoral degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. My master’s and bachelor’s degrees are from California State University, Fresno. And I spent a year on a graduate fellowship (for journalists) in Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
My work places
Elon is a fine place. It looks a bit like what we might call the standard-ideal collegiate setting, complete with impressive oaks and attractive red-brick buildings that are — how should I explain this? — pleasing in their variations on mid-Atlantic colonial themes and always easy on the eyes.
The buildings and grounds are just real pretty, yeah. We win lots of awards for campus beauty. The place is too nice for anyone to even think about dropping a gum wrapper. You won’t even see a paper cup left behind on an outdoor table (for long). But we do sometimes challenge the aesthetics by cutting across the well-groomed lawns when in a rush. In fact, I wouldn’t call Elon restful exactly. It’s a good place to look around and take a nice deep breath while you plan your schedule to work on your next five projects.
As much of what I do lately is related to my work at Elon, much of the content here will speak to those activities and the ideas that arise in my teaching and research. But not all should be exclusive to Elon. (Exclusive is feeling like a dirty word these days, anyway.) Part of our university’s charge is to challenge our students to become global citizens, and so this site needs to share in that larger focus, including on my blog, titled Degrees of Latitude, which you can find here.
This is my 16th year of teaching at Elon in the School of Communications. I also taught for short times at other universities, including for the University of Maryland’s program in Japan, the University of Hawai’i and UNC. Before all that, I did my best teaching conversational English in Japan. You can find more information by clicking on courses in the menu bar at top. Or here.
Coming soon. The rest here is just text supplied by the software designer. So it might be about the designer but not about me. I like it so much, though, I’m leaving it here for a while. My skills and specialities include AutoCAD, Fashion Modeling, Pet Styling, 120mm Film, Blogging, and Getting Things Done.
Always a rewarding aspect of my work is mentoring eager students. Among them have been four honors students who completed their own social scientific research studies and wrote honors theses prior to graduating. And I’m guiding a couple more excellent students now. For more about these research projects with students, click on Students on the menu bar at top. Or here.
where I’ve invested efforts in libraries, classrooms, carrels, coffee houses, volleyball courts, free-speech plazas, college unions, faculty offices and cultural centers — all in the pursuit of switching on the lights.
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