||Room 322 Annenberg Hall, Main Campus
Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 pm, 3:30-5:00 pm
Thursday, 1:00-2:00 pm, 3:30-5:00 pm
Other Office Hours by Appointment
|I am a teacher. I come from a family of teachers, attracted to a profession that's encouraged me to ask questions, to search for answers, to share what I know, and to work with others--students and colleagues--with similar interests.
I came to Temple from the Midwest in 1981 knowing little about the university and not particularly interested in living in the East. But it was clear to me from talking to journalism faculty and students here that Temple would surround me with people, in and out of the classroom, who appreciated and valued teaching. Journalism faculty and students respected one another. And faculty respected the professional qualifications, teaching specialties and research interests of one another. That's important to me.
So I took the Temple Challenge and have never looked back. My 16 years of "professional development" before coming helped make my transition to Temple an easy one, and the years since then satisfying ones.
That early experience included four years as a high school English and journalism teacher, four years of public relations work as a university News Director, and four more years as a faculty member in a 7-member mass communications department. During this time I earned master's and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, worked on the broadcast desk of The Associated Press and was a copy editor for two daily newspapers.
Sprinkled through my first 12 years of high school and university work was time spent advising the student newspaper. My strong interest in the student press, enriched during these early years, continues. My Ph.D. dissertation dealt with student press law and my research, writing and professional service have focused on that area. (I have been on the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center and the Pennsylvania School Press Association for more than 20 years.)
I have taught a dozen subjects while at three universities, but at Temple I teach primarily undergraduate and graduate courses in law and ethics, and undergraduate courses on journalism and society. Teaching these requires that I stay up with what's new in rapidly changing areas. That keeps me sharp and makes teaching each new semester's classes a rewarding challenge. A glance in the mirror tells me I'm obviously getting older. But teaching stimulating material to curious and demanding Temple students has kept me refreshingly younger than I look.
During the late 1980s and much of the 1990s I taught fewer courses because of administrative responsibilities. These included 4 1/2 years as Chair of the JPRA department, 4 1/2 years as the School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and 4 years as director of the graduate Master of Journalism Program.
But I've been happiest at Temple when working with students in my classes, and enjoy being a full-time faculty member. That's when I'm reminded most of the reasons I came here, and the reasons I decided 40 years ago to become a teacher. |