I grew up on a family farm not far from here. I still get back to
farm to work, recharge my batteries, and remember a more tranquil time.
Somehow, I went from an isolated, rural lifestyle to the University of
Chicago, where I earned an M.A. in the Humanities in the mid 1970s and
a Ph.D. in the Social Sciences (Committee on Social Thought) in the mid
1980's. Many departments and degree-granting "committees" within the
of the University of Chicago (such as the one in which I took my
offer advanced degrees in interdisciplinary subjects. This is why
I can say that my credentials are "solidly interdisciplinary."
mom would say that I never really decided what to major
I live in Oak Park, a near-western suburb of Chicago. I have three
ages 17, 21, and 23. I am a lifelong
Sox, Bulls, Bears, and Hawks fan., and I believe that one day one of
them will win it all. This will be on the same day that
monkeys fly. (Actually, monkeys did fly! They flew when the Sox
won the World Series, didn't they?)
Lucky for me, in the mid-70s Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, was searching for people with eclectic backgrounds in the "real" world and expertise in multiple disciplines. I have been fortunate to teach some wonderful young (and not so young) people over the last twenty five years in the areas of U.S. History, the Humanities of Western Civilization, Sociology, and English and American Literature.
In addition to teaching, in 1994 I began Triton's program of International Study and Travel. In March, 2010, we are planning to return to Paris for the 5th time !! As usual, Triton promises extremely reasonable rates, with transferable college credit offered, and a scholarship competition !
At the moment, I am privileged to be the chair of the Undergraduate
Center, (known around here simply as the "UC" program) where each
the teachers works closely with the others in the department to create
interdisciplinary "packages" of transferable courses in the
of Arts and Sciences. In the past few years our department has
the development of Triton's
online offerings, an undertaking begun with a grant from a program
administered by Northwestern University. Because of the
of an interdisciplinary program that is available totally or partially
online, this effort has recently received a great deal of attention.
January, 2000, two of the teachers in the department won the "exemplary
initiatives" award from WebCt Corp., which is the nation's largest
educational software company, and all of us have been invited to give
conference presentations on the model we have created around the
and even internationally.