Western Washington State College (now University) (English)
University of Arkansas (Master's)
Kent State University (PhD)
I have taught college courses like freshman English, introduction to poetry, speech, and advanced writing, in addition to producing and directing plays; at Kent State, I helped set up and served in a writing clinic. I have also substituted in middle and high school in pretty much everything from English and history through auto shop. Having lost my last teaching position from a college that shall remain (deservedly) nameless by my refusing to pass everyone so the school could get more money from the state legislature, I supported myself and my family as a freelance writer, editor, and voice talent for a decade. I am presently in my 20th year as a Writer/Editor in the Federal government.
To me, the only educational standard that matters is graduate performance. If the graduate of the first grade does reasonably well in the second, he/she has had a good first grade education. The high school graduate doing reasonably well at a first job or in college has had a good high school education, etc. I am not easy, and I reserve the right to reject applicants, but I can guarantee that my students who pay attention and do the work do see an improvement in their knowledge and abilities in whatever subject we study together.
I have taught college courses like freshman English, introduction to poetry, speech, and advanced writing, in addition to producing and directing plays; at Kent State, I helped
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I taught speech for three years at Richard Bland College, Petersberg, Virginia, and worked on-air for radio stations WGRM, Greenwood, Mississippi, and WRFK, Richmond, Virginia. I have Taft-Hartleyed SAG for a film speaking role, and, in a decade of freelancing, voiced numerous radio and television commercials as well as narrated short films, in addition to writing speeches for others to deliver. I also I coached physicians and lawyers for television appearances.
Here at the VA, I have anchored a number of VA News programs over the past dozen years, and I have made half hour presentations at business conferences for Tower Software (recently acquired by Newlett-Packard).