Hunter College (EnglishPhilosophy)
Penn State (MBA)
Penn State (Enrolled)
My academic, technical and reading experience is extensive and varied. I am currently working to complete a PhD in American Studies. I have worked in IT with several major corporations for the past thirty-five years, and my avocational pursuits keep me close to literature, philosophy, and film - topics that engage and challenge my deepest thoughts. Arriving in the area in 1979, I had first undertaken tutoring students for the GED. Subsequently, I taught COBOL programming at a local business college.
My academic, technical and reading experience is extensive and varied. I am currently working to complete a PhD in American Studies. I have worked in IT with several major corporations for the past thirty-five years, and my avocational pursuits keep me close to literature, philosophy, and film - topics that engage and challenge my deepest
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My academic background to date culminates in my Master’s Degree from the Humanities Program at The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, in 2010. My thesis was on narrative in film, with course studies in literature, contemporary literary and compositional theories. My 1976 Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy was achieved at Hunter College, City University of New York, (Philosophy-English Literature / Education). Study concentrations were in contemporary analytic philosophy, Shakespeare and seventeenth-century literature.
As part of my teaching experience, I have volunteered for the 100-men-reading program, visiting local grammar schools and reading selections to students, from 2008 to 2010; I’ve prepared and presented surveys, overviews and training materials of applications and systems for technical personnel from 2003 to 2014; at Central Penn Business School I taught an Introduction to Cobol Programming, 1982; I’ve tutored young adults at Tressler Lutheran Services in their youth program preparing for the GED,1980 to1982; I’ve also done private tutoring in English and Math for high school students, 1973 to 1976; and, in the Hunter elementary facility for gifted children from1975 to 1976, I did student teaching as part of my elementary education minor.
I presented a paper entitled The Fantastic in Philosophy, at the Atlanta conference on fantasy, October 1990. For recognitions and awards, I was a Hunter College magna cum laude graduate, an elected Phi Beta Kappa member, and the High School senior-class president, where I published an essay and a short story in the school magazine, and was also a member of the drama club, appearing in yearly school plays.
In terms of professional experience and employment, I began with the Department of the Navy, Mechanicsburg, Pa, as an IT Cobol Application Developer, from 1979 to 1984. From there I moved to Grumman Aerospace, in Bethpage, NY, also as IT Cobol Application Developer, 1984 to 1987, where I worked with both IMS (IBM) and IDMS (Cullinet) database systems and their associated fourth-generation application development languages, ADF and ADSO, respectively. Joining Highmark Pa BS, Camp Hill, Pa, as an IT Application Developer for Speech Applications, from 1987 to 2014, I worked with interactive Voice Response systems (IVR), Text-to-Speech software (TTS) and Speech Recognition software from various vendors.