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Professor of English and Chair of Film Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
At Knox Since: 2003
Associate Professor of English
I came to Knox because I had loved my own experience as a student at a small liberal-arts college. Now that I'm here, I can't imagine teaching anywhere else. Above all, I appreciate the sense of community, the opportunities, and the people.
What is your most memorable moment at Knox?
I can't pick just one. My most memorable moments have all been watching students do things they didn't know they could -- getting into graduate school, writing a good paper, or majoring in dance.
Describe your current research/creative work. What is most interesting about this work?
My current work is on the ways film tells stories, and the way it tells stories differently than novels do. And I'm particularly intrigued by the "voice" in film, and the mechanisms that create it. Storytelling is what we do -- all day long, for work and play -- and I'd like to know how it works.
If you weren't a professor, you would be a . . . ?
If I weren't a professor, I would be a freelance constitutional law scholar or a copy editor.
What is your favorite thing about Galesburg?
Knox is my favorite thing. I also like the seasons, the brick streets, and the people who live and work downtown.