I have long entertained the idea of taking back the University. To that end, I kept a thoroughly documented and updated vita. A few years ago, alas, my computer blew and took my vita with it. What follows is my "life" as reconstructed, less comprehensive perhaps than it might have been, but then again, more comprehensible.
- In 1982 I received my Ph.D. in American studies from Purdue University. My dissertation: The Capitalist As Hero In The American Novel.
- I also received my M.A. from Purdue in American studies and my B.A. from Siena College in Loudonville, NY in English.
- As a graduate assistant at Purdue, I taught mass media and a variety of composition courses.
- In 1982, I accepted a Fulbright award to teach at the Univerité de Nancy II in France. There, I taught mass media, urban studies, and business communications. At the Université de Strasbourg, I taught the language of international finance.
- At the University of Missouri, Kansas City, I have taught a variety of classes on a part time basis over the years. Among them: mass media, advanced composition, early American literature, sports literature, and the 19th century novel.
- At Rockhurst College in Kansas City, I have taught advertising copywriting and feature writing on a part-time basis. I also redesigned the school newspaper, The Hawk, and moderated it for two years.
- At Keller Graduate School of Management in Kansas City, I have taught advertising management and marketing management in its MBA program. I also managed Keller's national ad account.
- Of note, I designed and taught a series of seminars on video production for the American Management Association and another series for Video Post Productions in Kansas City.