During my undergraduate studies, I had a minor in Anthropology. I receive 22 credits for my work in this field. I studied both physical and cultural Anthropology spanning the globe. Combined with my experience in Religious studies and Sociology, my Anthropology studies prepared me to tutor/teach this subject matter.
I am a 43 year-old male with Asperger's. I have developed a remarkable set of coping skills during my lifetime that I have put to use in the attainment of multiple college degrees, the founding and ownership of a successful business for close to 20 years, and the development of a variety of coping mechanisms for my two children, both of whom have Asperger's. I have also assisted neurotypicals with their understanding and awareness of those of us with Asperger's through my work with such groups as Focus and the MHA. I may not have an advanced degree in Special Education or Psychology; however, my life experience having lived with Asperger's for 43 years--only having been diagnosed properly a year ago--stands testament to my ability to help others with their achievement of understanding and attainment of goals.
English is not only my native language, it is a passion for me. I hold a minor in Linguistics, with 12 credit hours in the History of the English Language. I have a second minor in Speech Communications where I was able to hone my verbal skills and understanding of the grammar and syntax of the language.
I hold both an A.S. and a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology. While pursuing these degrees, I lectured to undergraduates on general computer skills and usage. Additionally, I have 2 (two) years' of experience assisting at the computer help desk at a major university.
I spent 2 (two) years pursuing my M.A. in Philosophy at West Chester University. While there, I assisted with the undergraduate courses and provided research assistance to my graduate advisor. I have a particular interest in Existentialism, with a concentration of study involving Dostoevsky and Nietzsche.
Political Science was one of my many minors as an undergraduate at West Chester University. I continue to be very involved in the political world, having worked on a number of political campaigns. I am also very tuned-in to current political events and how they fit into the historicity of the world at large. If that were not enough, I helped to run the 1992 Gallup Poll with the Center for Survey Research at UVA. I have 39 credit hours of undergraduate study under my belt. Additionally, I have assisted professors at the University of Virginia in the publication of political analyses on a variety of topics.
In addition to my past academic research duties, I have 18 years experience as owner and editor of a culinary publication. In this capacity, I oversaw the production of my writing staff. Finally, I have 2 (two) years of experience working as a copy-editor for a local paper.
While completing my B.S. in Information Science and Technology at Penn State, I minored in Speech Communications. I have spent a lifetime working in positions in which public speaking and oral communication play very important roles. And I have years of experience in the theatre, both in school and in local productions, further developing my oratory skills.
As a sociologist, world religions became a fascination for me. I devour books on all elements of religions in order to understand their theodicies, histories, and relationships to one another. While at West Chester University, I tutored Sociology of Religion for Professor Jon Cowen.
I hold a B.A. in Sociology from West Chester University. I have also done my graduate work in Sociology at The University of Virginia. (I completed my credit requirement, but left without submitting my dissertation.) While at UVA, I served as an associate professor of Sociology, instructing both Introduction to Sociology and Criminology. I have been involved in running the 1992 Gallup Poll with the Center for Survey Research, housed at UVA, where I was central to the design of the research tool used for the study as well as the analyses performed afterward.
During my Sociology studies, I earned 24 credit hours in various Statistics and Statistical Analyses courses. I assisted the Center for Survey Research with the 1992 Gallup Polls, both with the preparation of the survey tool and with the analysis of the data. Finally, I am familiar with various statistical packages, such as SPSS and SAS.
I spent the better part of 31 years of my life in school, during which time I consistently achieved the highest honors. This was, in no small part, due to my study skills and time management. As a college professor, I helped my students to develop their own study skills; and I continue to do this with my own children so that they, too, may be successful in their academic careers. As an instructor in a wraparound program for at-risk and emotionally disturbed children and as a college professor, I helped students (middle school through college-aged) develop good academic habits so that they could advance themselves not only in the classroom, but also in life. These involved in-class preparation, classroom participation, the development of an environment conducive to studying, and proper study techniques. Additionally, I developed and taught research methodologies that can be used to better engage a student in the research process and, as a result, improve his/her writing habits and skills.
In addition to my past professorial duties, I also have 18 years experience as a journalist. In the past, I have published poetry and short fiction, as well. While pursuing my various degrees, I have completed countless research projects and served as a research assistant on 2 (two) occasions, presenting both treatises for peer review.