I am Ohlinger Studios’ Managing Editor for English. I became a fulltime employee of Ohlinger Studios in January 2015; during that year, I was Managing Editor for Arts/Music/Humanities/Religion. As a part-time development editor at Ohlinger, from 2005-2015, I worked on nursing, history, political science, philosophy, and religion titles. Much of this work involved preparing texts for use in online environments.
I took early retirement from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in December 2014 after 23 years as a tenured professor of English. I graduated summa cum laude from the Honors program at Ohio Dominican College; I hold an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University.
At Belmont, I regularly taught courses in composition (writing) at the developmental, introductory, intermediate, advanced and graduate levels. I also taught upper-level courses in theories of writing, business communication, and folklore studies. My primary interests as a folklorist include fairy tales, urban legends, Native American folktales, personal experience narratives, and ethnography.
I consider my 2011 presentation at the Bruce Springsteen Symposium in West Long Branch, NJ, the highlight of my academic career. I aspire to one day deliver papers on Paul Simon, Lyle Lovett, and/or James Taylor.