me2I am a native of northern Indiana but currently live in Farmville, Virginia. I am a professor, photographer, and a self-admitted social media addict. Curious? Let me tell you a little more about me.

As a Professor…
My day job is as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. I started in 2014 and teach courses in public relations, crisis communication, and visual communication. I consult with businesses and also teach photography classes at a local art studio.

Prior to my move to Virginia, I taught full-time in the Communication Studies program at IU South Bend in South Bend, Indiana from 2001 through 2014. While there I taught courses in visual communication, cyberculture, comics, deception, and public relations.

I hold a Ph.D. in Technical Communication & Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, an M.A. in Speech Communication from Ball State University, and a B.A. in Communication from Aquinas College.

Prior to 2001, I worked in the public relations department of Playing Mantis, Inc. (now owned by a different company). Playing Mantis was a national toy manufacturer that specialized in producing Johnny Lightning die-cast collectible cars, Polar Lights plastic model kits, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer memorabilia. I worked with all things digital for the company, from images to text to the website.

As a Photographer…
There’s a lot to this photography stuff. Check out my other links in this section to learn more about my obsession, my philosophy in making images, and the gear I use.

I’ve been doing photographer for 20+ years, starting with film and moving to digital. Most of my career was spent asking questions about how to make images. However, my photo mentor has been artist Valerie Jardin. She has done quite a bit to help refine my picture making abilities.

As a Social Media Guru…
I am active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Apart from doing research on digital culture, I believe digital media is a fascinating and useful tool to help teach today’s college students. I also think that if done with forethought, it can be a tool that augments our personal and professional lives. Feel free to follow me on any of the social media platforms.

So there you have it, a little bit about me. Not a lot, just a little. A crumb. A morsel.