US Military Academy, West Point, NY (International relati)
Rutgers Univ (Other)
UNC Chapel Hill (Graduate Coursework)
I feel like I have been a teacher almost my entire adult life. I spent 21 years in the Army as an Infantry officer, and during part of that time I taught English at West Point as an Associate Professor. (I also got to serve in other interesting places, including Hawaii and in Berlin when it was still a divided city and inside of East Germany).
When I retired from the Army in 1994 I went to work for the Department of Defense, and later the Veterans Administration, as a Public Affairs Officer and as a senior learning manager. (I finally retired from the federal government in 2014.)
But I was never far from the English classroom, first as an adjunct instructor at University of Maryland University College and, since 2007, at Northern Visginia Community College in Woodbridge.
I have a passion for precision of thought and expression, and I try very hard to share that passion with all of my students every semester. I value clear thought and precise expression, whether in writing or orally. As a classroom teacher I have always tried to find engaging ways to help my student identify a main idea, and then to support that idea in an interesting and convincing way.
My undergraduate degree is from West Point (BEAT NAVY!!!!), and my graduate degree from Rutgers University, with some graduate-level course work at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and at the Federal Executive Institute. I am the proud father of three adult sons and one grandson, with whom I share a passion for Nationals Baseball and an enduring optimism about Redskins Football.
I have both formal training at the Master's degree level; decades of business writing, both as author and editor; military journalism training; and more than 10 years experience teaching 100, 200, and 300-level college writing and literature.
I am retired from full-time work, and so have wide availability to meet the schedule needs of my students. I look forward to tailoring a program for you that both meets your own, specific needs, and that helps you to be successful in your school's curriculum. I feel like I have been a teacher almost my entire adult life. I spent 21 years in the Army as an Infantry officer, and during part of that time I taught English at West Point as an Associate Professor. (I also got to serve in other interesting places, including Hawaii and in Berlin when it was still a divided city and inside of East Germany).
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I have taught writing and argumantative discourse at:
Associate Professor, West Point, 3 years
Adjunct, Univ of Maryland University College, 3years
Adjunct, NVCC, 10 years