I am an assistant professor.
This is my first year full-time. But I taught a couple adjunct courses beginning in 2013.
I was born in Fairbanks, AK. However I moved to Twin Falls, ID when I was young. So
Twin Falls is my hometown. During my college years I lived in Rexburg, ID (Bachelors
degree), Pocatello, ID (Master’s degree), Athens, OH (Masters and Ph.D.) and Columbus,
OH (Postdoc). My family had some really great times in Ohio
and we like to hold to our ties there as well.
I decided to become a professor because I love the cycle of learning and teaching.
It’s also a wonderful career in terms of flexibility. While it is a lot of work
(like most jobs) I really like that I can manage and arrange most of my time. I also love meeting and building relationships with a lot of different people.
Human interaction has always been interesting to me. In third grade “social studies”
was my favorite subject. Teaching communication is great because the
content is extremely important and applicable in everyday life. I also believe the discipline has some work to do in terms of relating subject matter to the market
and I enjoy that challenge as well.
I like sports movies. My favorite movie is Hoosiers with Rudy as a close second.
I don’t have a particular favorite food. For the last few years I have been involved in endurance sports and I feel like I’m still learning how to eat. I love the way I feel when I eat mega healthy foods for extended periods of time, but very few things bring me instant satisfaction like a good pulled pork sandwich. Also, I love the Turkish Doner Kebabs I used to buy from vendors in France and Switzerland.
I love fly-fishing and I’d really like to do a fishing trip in New Zealand.