Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1997, Major: American literature before 1900. Minor: English language.
M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1994.
B.A., English and journalism, Indiana University at Bloomington, May 1989, graduation with highest distinction.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCP, April 2012 -present
Acting Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCP, June 2011-April 2012
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UNCP, 2010- 2011
Chair, Department of English and Theatre, UNCP, 2009-2010
Assistant Chair, Department of English and Theatre, UNCP, 2008-2009
English Professor, UNCP, 1997-present
Adjunct Instructor, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2001-present
Copy Editor, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1991-1992
Copy Editor, Daily Journal, Franklin, Indiana, 1989-1991
Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of North Carolina, 2008.
Outstanding Teacher Award, UNC-Pembroke, 2000.
Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University, 1989.
Vice-President's Scholar, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1988.
Years ago, as I watched my infant daughter trying to absorb the intricacies of the belt in her car seat, I understood a personality trait that perhaps led me to become a teacher: I like success. I don't favor any special kind, but rather the general fulfillment of potential, what the English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins called “the achieve of; the mastery of the thing.” Like Benjamin Franklin, another favorite of mine, I believe humans have tremendous potential, and I can think of no more appropriate or fulfilling job for me than helping them to realize that potential.
As a professor and an administrator at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, I strive to create an atmosphere in which students and colleagues can realize their potentials as readers, writers, and thinkers—and tap those potentials to serve their fellow human beings as scientists, scholars, writers, teachers, parents, and citizens. In my work as a department chair and now dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, I have managed the daily work of advising students and faculty, compiling and reporting data, and ensuring quality and efficiency while participating in innovations designed to support the university’s mission. An active teacher and scholar of American literature, I serve on the editorial board of the Edgar Allan Poe Review and the board of directors for the Thomas Wolfe Society. My own recent projects include Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Poe in His Right Mind (under review), “The Critique of Journalism in Sister Carrie” (American Literary Realism, 2010), “Stories of Today: Rebecca Harding Davis's Investigative Fiction” (forthcoming in Journalism History), and “The Polar Regions” (forthcoming in Poe in Context). In the area of university and community service, I have served on UNCP’s Scholars Council, QEP Committee, Student Success Steering Committee, and numerous other committees involved in faculty development, student and faculty recruitment, and faculty evaluation.
Away from campus, I enjoy running, traveling, coaching baseball, and spending time with my wife, Lisa, and our children, Essie and Will.