I get involved in a lot. Call it a sweeping curiousity, but I write and publish both academic and general articles on topics as wide-ranging as literary theory, digital media, metaphysics, plant signalling, semiotics, precarious academic labour, Veblenian-inspired critiques of neoliberalism, strategic planning, visual arts, and obscure manuscripts - just to name a few. Research interest need not be a mental corset, and perhaps there is some advantage in pursuing a different “line of flight” with its arcs and desultory meanderings rather than be locked into disciplinary specialization.
I’ve taught in some form or capacity since 2003. Whether it was instructing on how to master idioms for an ESL class, giving workshops on grant writing, attending far-flung conferences with the added benefit of sneaking off to go inconspicuously into the cultural background, or teaching the wide range of courses I do in the university setting, it has been the case that the profession found me. I am not going to dump a whole lot of text from a teaching dossier that relies on all the usual feel-good buzzwords. All I can say is what so many students usually say: I’m extremely passionate, engaging, resourceful, entertaining, and just a wee bit scary if I were to ever turn my thoughts to being some kind of epic arch-villain. But, all the same, I've taught several courses I designed in a wide range of fields as a reflection of the kind of learner I am.
Name, rank, and serial number stuff: PhD in Theory and Criticism, MA in Philosophy, BA in Philosophy and an earned certificate in Municipal Administration. My thoughts on education? A lot. On my spare time, my leisure is all about learning - whether I’m out in the field collecting fossils, learning ever more about botanical dynamics, the continuum hypothesis, the after-effects of Stalinism, medieval alchemists, Roman history (all history, actually), etc., etc. A day not learning at least one new thing is a day wasted. Lifelong learning = joy. And whether I was hauling stone, painting houses, coppicing trees, or riding the lectern, I found in each instance something to learn, for to learn is to be (my ontological statement of the moment).
I make a part of my practice about consulting work, particularly in strategic planning, communications, and community stakeholder approaches. My business has a focus on largely, but not exclusively, small and rural municipal governments. I have also worked the comms for political campaigns and various organizations. Myself and my business partner have grown a fairly decent list of happy clients in the past several years. Unlike being the "guys in ties" who come in with a boilerplate plan with an in-house staff that produce high production value gooey-graphical documents, we take the "take it to the people" approach and fit the plan to the organization or community we are working with, not the other way around.
Be kind, keep active, enjoy nature, indulge curiousity, read, write, travel, be.