* Professor with twenty-four years teaching at UVU
* Former EGDT Department Chair - three years
* UVU Faculty Senator - six years
* Seven years as mechanical designer, technical writer, and programmer at
* Five years as civil designer and surveyor at Perkins-Thurgood Engineers
* One year as surveyor at Hubble Engineering
* One year as drafter/designer at Horrocks Engineers
Though I have always respected people who chose to become teachers, I never really entertained thoughts of becoming a teacher until fourteen years ago, when I came to UVSC. I had always envisioned myself as maintaining a career in industry, and I had settled into one that was going to allow me to meet my goals in life. Once I had been asked to apply for a job opening in the Drafting Technology department, I had to ask myself, “why should I teach?”
Before accepting the position, I decided that the reason I should consider accepting it was because I had some knowledge and a few skills that I could share with others to help them to be successful in life. I believed I could help them to obtain employment that would allow them to become productive, responsible members of society, and to create and build rather than being a burden on the rest of us. Honorable careers in the trades, I believe, accomplish this.
Though I participate in and enjoy many areas, such as art, music, science, sports, and mathematics; I have always gravitated toward the trades because of what they mean to the structure of our society. Trades are inextricably connected with the lifestyle that we enjoy. Industrial Design, in particular, is important to us collectively. Virtually every physical object that we use on a daily basis is first designed and then drawn in detail before being manufactured. Everything that we use to live comfortably, including our homes and offices, cars and other means of transportation, appliances, streets, utilities, tools, furniture, methods of entertainment, and more fall into this category.
If I can help to develop graduates who are ethical, productive, skilled, and quality-minded, they will help all of us to be able to enjoy a higher standard of living.
How I Teach
When I teach each day, I try to keep a few overriding objectives in mind to guide my actions. Students in my care must strive to accomplish the following:
Classroom activities and homework are designed to provide an atmosphere where these objectives can be accomplished. If a student cares about his/her educational experience, these things can be learned. Accomplishing these objectives prepares a student for the world of work.
My Own Goals
The five things I do to provide the best possible instruction are: