Hello, and thank you for visiting!
I had originally intended this blog as a space to discuss “creativity,” “innovation,” and “lifelong learning” from a somewhat academic perspective. Hence the subtitle containing those words.
You know what they say about the best laid plans 🙂
From the very beginning my posts had a will of their own. While I do write about academic topics occasionally, the blog has turned out to be far less about scholarship than about documenting, appreciating, reflecting on, and frankly simply trying to make sense of the world.
Or, to quote again from my blog’s subtitle: “other random stuff.”
Maybe this shift was inevitable. Making connections has always been part of who I am. It’s my nature to look for patterns, trends, anomalies. When something captures my attention, I want to live with it for a while and figure out why. What does it mean? How is it significant? What happens next?
Jobwise, I’m a college professor in the General Studies Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach courses in literature, political science, film studies, and communication.
This isn’t as strange a mix of teaching responsibilities as it might first appear. Although my Ph.D. is in English, my area of concentration is rhetoric and composition studies. You can’t get a Ph.D. in English without studying literature, so that explains one part of my teaching load. My undergraduate degree is in political science, I’ve been a cinephile my entire life, and as both political behavior and film are inherently rhetorical, those two subjects are also a good fit. And finally, because I love reading and writing so much, and derive tremendous satisfaction from helping others clarify and articulate their thoughts, teaching communication comes naturally to me.
My own intellectual research interests are multidisciplinary, and I feel fortunate to have landed an academic job that doesn’t tether me to a single field. As someone who teaches liberal arts courses at a STEM-fields institution, I’m passionate about exploring creativity, innovation, and lifelong learning from a perspective that embraces the intersections of technology, social science, and the humanities.
And I’m also just plain intrigued by lots of “random stuff.”
Maybe you are, too? It’s wonderful to meet a kindred spirit, so please stop by often and share your own thoughts!