Associate Professor of English
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What drew you to want to teach at GC?
I started my teaching career at a big state school, which was exciting and energizing, but so many students got lost in the shuffle there. I wanted to teach at an institution that was committed to its students and to teaching.
What do you love most about teaching GC students?
Their diversity and their commitment to learning. They’re always asking how they can make the world a better place.
What excites you about English?
Literature and writing are always relevant, no matter how society changes. We’ll always need to find ways to tell our stories, and stories tell us so much about what’s important to us as a society.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your academic work?
Running, yoga, playing with my kids. I also spend a lot of time reading and writing. The best thing about my academic work is that it dovetails with my love of reading and writing, so I don’t consider it “outside.”
How does the college’s vision (international, intercultural, interdisciplinary and integrative) connect or shape your teaching and work?
I love learning from my students–they have a staggering range of experience, whether they grew up in Goshen or came from overseas. I also love the way GC encourages me to think beyond my discipline and to stretch my knowledge. My favorite interdisciplinary class to teach is The Graphic Novel, which integrates knowledge from literature, art, design, history and other disciplines.
How do you strive to make peace through your work and life?
Writing and reading are always ways of working toward peace; finding a balance between listening and communicating is one important way to create a better society.
Is there anything else you would like prospective students to know about you?
I love comics and graphic novels. If you’re interested too, you can read my bi-weekly blog at www.elkharttruth.com/Commons-Comics.