- What brought you to NIU?
Way back in 1990, I was offered a job as an
assistant professor of Biological Sciences. I had spent my life up to that time living in New England and Colorado – places with mountains, hills and trees. Despite a few initial misgivings about living in the heartland, I have made a great life and career here.
- What made you want to step up as the head of the Honors Program here at NIU?
I’ve always been a strong promoter of the basic goal of Honors: to provide a small liberal arts college atmosphere within a large, comprehensive, research-intensive university. When the opportunity to work in Honors was presented to me, I grabbed it.
- When you’re not on campus, what can we find you doing?
For exercise, I love riding my bike on countless miles of country roads around DeKalb. Occasionally I can be seen riding my unicycle around town. I’ve dabbled in photography most of my life. I have a large collection of vintage cameras. I still shoot black and white film, which I develop and print in my darkroom at home.
- What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in class?
The most non-sensical thing that I’ve seen (which I unfortunately have seen often) is students refusing or being unable to take responsibility for their educations.
- Summarize your time at NIU in 5 words.
Longer (and better) than expected.