Unlike Dean Canlas, I didn’t have the pleasure of spending my undergrad years at Georgetown, but after 15+ years I know my way around. It’ll take another year or two to master the first floor of ICC though.
How did I get here? I was born in Texas to a very Louisiana family. We moved to Williamsburg, Virginia when I was four, and yes, as a kid I wore those fetching short pants and stockings as a drummer in the fife and drum corps. It was either that or make wigs, so…rum-pa-pum-pum. I majored in English at Duke and got my MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. From Chicago I moved to DC, closer to my family in Williamsburg. When I moved to DC I taught lit and writing courses at Montgomery College and Northern Virginia CC, while scratching an old rock star itch as a guitarist in an occasionally interesting, but mostly average band. After a couple of years of that, it was time to make our mamas proud again, so the rockers got new jobs, got married, and got some kids.
In 2000 I joined the College Dean’s Office as an academic counselor, and for these last 15 years I’ve been working with students through big decisions and little decisions, teaching, learning, and growing in my Hoyaness. I teach in the American studies program. My course focuses on higher education, history of the curriculum, the shape and role of the humanities, and the relationships between these things and American history (AMST-343, if you’re curious). I recently finished my doctorate in higher ed at Penn, where I researched and wrote on the interdisciplinary shape of general education in the early 20th century. Yes, that.
I also live on campus with my family, who you’ll have lots of chances to meet: my wife, Susan, and my two boys, Grady and Hugh. We’ll have you over to our place in Kennedy Hall, if you dare.