Academic Department Chair: Two Years In

I’ve waited nearly two years to make my first post about being a chair of an academic department. Frankly, I’ve needed time to get used to the job. When I was hired, I was told it would take a year just to start figuring things out. That was true. It’s also true that I’m still […]

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A Primer for Student Travel

Traveling internationally is one of the most rewarding, frustrating, exhilarating, humbling, and educational endeavors one can pursue. I haven’t met many people, once they’ve put an overseas trip or two behind them, who expressed no interest whatsoever in doing it again. I’ve been fortunate to share these kinds of experiences with a few of my colleagues […]

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The Opportunity for Study Abroad

That’s a pretty good-looking bunch, huh? My faculty partner and I have spent nearly two years putting together an upcoming study abroad trip for a group of communication students at West Texas A&M University. Since January, we’ve been teaching a weekly course in preparation for our “Travel Writing: Seoul and Tokyo” excursion this summer. That’s […]

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The 10-Book Challenge FINISHED: Book #10

Maus II, A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman I hadn’t anticipated reading Spiegelman’s other installment of Maus, but I was so impressed with the first one that I drove up to Amarillo today to purchase the second one. This one begins when Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, is brought to Auschwitz. The subtitle […]

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