We were talking about professing English in the required Theory seminar of Kent State’s English literature doctoral program. Until that time, I hadn’t really formulated why I wanted to teach English–at least in a concrete way. My original vector had to do with the academic rigor of research and sharing ideas with a community of peers. Over time, my approach to professing English broadened to include the community of students in my charge. I thought back to my Latin teacher in high school, Magistra Ingrid Metz, and some of my early English professors at Georgia Tech such as Professors Holloway-Attaway, Rebecca Merens, and Lisa Yaszek. Each of these professors, as well as others, imparted something beyond the subject matter that each individual course was about. I learned writing and studying skills from Magistra Metz. Professor Holloway-Attaway helped me improve my writing skills as well as introduced me to a whole world of music that until that time I was oblivious to. Professor Merens helped me find the right path for me at Georgia Tech as well as listened to me on the morning that I found out my grandmother had died. Professor Yaszek introduced me to the world of academia, SF authors, and her many friends at ABC Brewery. I want to do that for upcoming college students. You might say that my desire to teach is a politically motivated action. I want to introduce them to new ideas and as yet unseen possibilities. I want to share with them the things that I think are important and enjoyable in this world. They may not accept all that I have to offer, but the few things accepted and the students that I connect with, will be the rewards that I’m looking for. Those are the things that will hopefully lead to a better world and a more fulfilled life for myself and my students.
Category: Kent State
Kent State PhD Begins
This is my second week in the English Literature PhD program at Kent State University, and I’m finding it challenging and exciting. I have a great deal of work in the program, but I’ll get back to SF posting as soon as I get caught up with everything. Expect a review of SF fandom movies like Free Enterprise soon (it’s for an upcoming segment on the Georgia Tech SF Radio Program on WREK). Also, keep an eye out for a note about Ian McDonald’s latest novel, Brasyl.
Besides my biweekly excursions to Kent, I spend my time in Pittsburgh with my girlfriend, Laura. She definitely makes the city bearable, but I don’t want to spend any longer here than is absolutely necessary. That being said, I have to admit that I love “Pittsburgh salads” (essentially a salad topped with french fries).