For more than 15 years, I have been a member the Monmouth English Department faculty. I direct the composition and argument program while advising students and teaching a range of classes from composition to literature to grammar.
Because of my background in public education, I teach the methodology seminar for student teachers preparing to teach high school English.
I am also active in various aspects of public schooling, including work as a committee member of the Illinois Teacher Certification Review Program. I retain and maintain my Illinois public schools teaching certificate, as well. During my career, I have taught in public schools, community colleges and universities. Can you tell that I really like to teach?
My expertise in the field of English includes cinema studies and the detective fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, specifically the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve developed an ongoing literature class about Sherlock Holmes. My interest in Holmes started more than 30 years ago, and it led to involvement in various Holmes literary societies and groups.
Not only am I the campus Sherlockian expert, but I am also the campus grammarian. My grammar course introduces students to all aspects of grammar, from parts of speech to diagramming.
Of course, my main emphasis on campus is writing. During my teaching career, I have always taught some form of writing, whether argumentative, expository or creative.
I enjoy volunteering my time with non-profit groups and spending time with my nieces and nephews.
B.S. – University of Illinois, 1987
M.Ed. – University of Illinois, 1988
English 110: Argument and Composition
English 180: Introduction to Literature
English 201: Grammar
ILA: Introduction to Liberal Arts
Citizenship 401: Volunteerism the Main Street Way
National and Illinois Main Street Programs
Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research Faculty Advisor
Henry County Tourism Bureau President