Professor Speech Communication
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- Communication and Fine Arts
Thank you for visiting my site! I'm a professor of speech communication and chair of the Humanities Division, and I am absolutely humbled to be teaching at such a fine academic institution as Westminster College.
I grew up as a Southern California beach bum in Garden Grove, CA. I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University at Long Beach, and I taught for two years as a teaching fellow at CSULB. When I finished graduate school, I abandoned the beach for Iowa cornfields to join the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. I'm still an avid UNI Panther football and basketball fan (in addition to following my SoCal teams, the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Long Beach, USC, and UCLA). I met my wife in Iowa, and we got married three weeks before I came to Westminster College in August 1990.
I'm very passionate about my teaching. My areas of specialty are interpersonal communication, business communication, and public address. I've taught various courses in each of those areas, and I've extended into public relations and occasionally dabbled in political communication. However, interpersonal is my favorite. In any class I teach, I definitely believe in the "students learn best by doing" method as a teaching philosophy. For example, my public address students write and perform speeches. Public Relations students conduct an on-campus PR campaign. Students in Business and Professional Communication interview and give sales presentations, often to off-campus professionals.
My research interests focus mainly on speech education and issues in higher education. I enjoy presenting at professional conferences, and I've had academic articles published in state and national journals.
On the personal side of things, I'm a Seinfeld and ESPN junkie. My wife and I have two children in college. I love the outdoors, and, in particular, I very much enjoy biking on the Katy Trail and hiking. By far, my favorite hike culminated in making it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park in Northern California. I'm also fortunate to get back to Southern California occasionally where I love going to the beach to ride waves on a bodyboard.
I'm proudly involved in various types of community service. My SPE 101 class has a service-learning assignment, and we've raised $2900 over the years for various organizations ranging from The Ronald McDonald House to the American Lung Association to Operation Smile to Special Olympics. Personally, I'm a regular blood donor for the American Red Cross, and I've donated more than 125 pints of blood. In addition, since I've lost a number of friends and family members (including my father) to cancer, I do a lot of volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. In fact, I captained the Westminster College ACS Relay For Life team for many years. We've raised nearly $70,000 for the ACS.
While I love being active, some of my favorite times are spent relaxing alone at Panera Bread. There's just something about that place that infuses my spirit with a sense of calm. You'll often find me there in the early morning munching on an everything bagel or pumpkin muffin, drinking piping hot coffee, and losing myself in a book while listening to rock or contemporary jazz on my iPod.