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My research program integrates a comprehensive background in computer and data technologies with a strong academic interest in critical theory and information design. My research primarily investigates the following areas:
- The connection between information structures and effective teaching methodologies;
- The intersections of network topologies with postmodern and narratological critical theories;
- Information architecture, usability evaluation, and design best practices;
- The pedagogical applications of emerging technologies in teaching writing and literature.
In recent years, I have started to explore the application of critical theory in analyzing narratives related to emerging technologies workplaces, classrooms, and popular culture.
I grew up in a small town in Upstate New York, known for its thriving manufacturing economy. It was once called the town that “defied the Great Depression” because of its many factories and mills. However, by the 1970s, it was clear that the working-class community was facing tough times as industries started closing and moving away. When I was in high school, good jobs were still available after graduation, but long-term job security was dwindling.
Like many young people, when I went to college I had no clue about my future career, especially with the decline of manufacturing jobs in the region. I’ve always had a strong interest in math and science and considered studying physics. But due to various circumstances, I eventually chose to major in English. This checked several boxes for me: I enjoyed reading and writing, it was flexible enough for my work-study balance, and it allowed me to explore various areas not typically covered by other majors. I received my undergraduate degree from a public institution that provided a top-notch education while being mindful of its working-class students’ needs. Later, I pursued multiple graduate degrees, realizing that studying English equipped me with skills applicable to any profession.
An English degree provides strong reading, writing, critical analysis, and information literacy skills, which are in high demand for mid- and upper-management positions. My passion for writing and reading has grown, and my English degrees have opened doors to several senior executive roles. My academic background also allowed me to build successful consulting relationships, working on technical information design, curriculum development, strategic planning, and operations analysis.
It took me several tries to complete my undergraduate degree, but the support from my public university during a tough transition made a huge difference. I’ve dedicated my career to offering similar opportunities to other first and second-generation college students. I’m still passionate about working in public higher education and continue to take on consulting projects in private business and higher education to keep my teaching and research up to date. Everything I do outside the classroom aims to provide my students with the support they need so that they can enjoy opportunities similar to what I had during my undergraduate years.