Hometown: Seymour, Tennessee
Ph.D. The University of Oregon (Philosophy), 1999.
MFA The Rainier Writers Workshop (Creative Nonfiction), 2017
Master of Theology, Southern Seminary (Philosophical Theology), 1994
Master of Divinity, Southern Seminary (Higher Education), 1991
BA, Carson-Newman University (Religious Studies), 1986
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Music Education), 1982-1984
Courses Taught: I am Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Providence
Areas of scholarship:
My areas of specialty are political philosophy and creative writing. I have published in these areas and have given numerous talks (both professional and non-professional).
I am currently the co-editor of the Studies in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur, a 20th Century philosopher. Here is a link: https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/_/STP/Studies-in-the-Thought-of-Paul-Ricoeur
For a recent example of my interest in combining creative nonfiction with philosophical questions, see my essay, “Daddy’s Aitch” in the New England Review, which explores the nature of work and identity in the context of my father’s work in a slaughterhouse.
Advice for students: I am new to the community, but I look forward to working on campus raise the presence of SLAS and extending this presence to Great Falls and beyond.
Favorite Things to Do in Great Falls: I enjoy getting familiar with the beautiful falls and looking at boots and hats at Hoglunds
Hobbies: Golf, and playing guitar