I received a doctorate in rhetoric and composition studies (SUNY-Albany), and I did graduate work in creative writing as well, receiving an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
Since 1988, when I arrived at Drake, I have been teaching courses in language theory, writing, cultural criticism, and filmmaking. In many of those courses, I offer students the opportunity to write across the divisions in English studies. My research and publications are primarily in the fields of writing studies and educational reform, and I continue to write and publish poetry.
In addition, I have recently written and co-produced a documentary film, A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa, which received The Gold Eddy, the highest award in the category of Professional Documentary, at the 2007 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film has had over thirty public screenings in Iowa, New York and California, been shown several times on Iowa Public Television, and on The Documentary Channel.