Class Home Page Instructor
Hello and welcome! Fair is fair. Traditional students in face-to-face classes are able to meet and see and learn something about their instructors, right? Why shouldn't online students have the same opportunity? With that question in mind, this page introduces you to me, your instructor for this online course. So here goes. First, some contact information:
Now for the brief autobiography. I'm originally from Pana, a small town in Central Illinois with a population just under 6,000. After high school, I earned my bachelor's degree in English from Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois, and my master's degree in English from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. My master's thesis was on the depiction of Native Americans in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, which include The Last of the Mohicans (which was a book long before it was a movie). I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from Northern Arizona University and a Master Online Teacher Certificate from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Online Network. I've been teaching since 1992 and have been a full-time member of the English faculty at Illinois Valley Community College since 1996. At IVCC, I primarily teach business and technical writing (ENG 1205 and ENG 2000) and first-year composition (ENG 1001 and ENG 1002).
On a personal note, I've been married to my wife, Dawn, for 20 years. We have been blessed with two wonderful boys, Alec, born in March of 2001, and Eric, born in October of 2003. We attend Oglesby Union Church as a family, and I enjoy reading, biking, camping, hiking, fishing/hunting (on the rare occasions when I have time to go), gardening, woodworking, and, of course, spending time with family and friends. I'm a St. Louis Cardinals fan and a Green Bay Packers fan. I'm also in the midst of an ongoing 18-year Scrabble tournament with my brother, Brian.
Below are a few links to some of the things I'm interested in. Enjoy!