Relevant to my job: I teach for free; they pay me to grade (source unknown).
Relevant to life in general: Nobody knows what's next, but everybody does it. (George Carlin)
Really, I have many.
Magnetism? Seriously, an interest in understanding the relationship (if any) between music, language, and math. Needless to say, I've done nothing with that line of research beyond continuing the reading I was doing before I ever returned to college.
Which one? It took me three tries to finish my bachelors. The first time, fresh out of high school, I flunked out. The second time, a couple of years later, I was getting all A's and an ulcer, so I quit. 10 years later, I went straight through from bachelors to PhD. I really don't know how to answer this question. The reason I'm an academic is because if I had my way I would be a perpetual student. This is the closest you can come to that goal and make a living.
They gave me a job and I wanted out of Utah. Dale and I wanted a small town in high desert, and here we are.
Statistics and research methods (hard to separate those into one class, though, of course, we do).
Jeff Penick and I are working on an intergenerational reading program that involves research on the older adult volunteers and the children participating. So far, we don't have enough participants to have any data. I also have some undergraduate students working on their own research.
Always searching for something.
I am on the Faculty Senate Dispute Resolution Committee; I am a mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties; I am on the boards of The Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) and Kittitas Audubon; I organize the local contra dances
I used to have this written up in detail somewhere. Basically, my job is to help the students make connections and understand concepts. Their job is to help me do mine by doing the work.
At this point in my life, it might be being willing to play my bass in public. That's probably not what the university is interested in.
Nominated for Most Inspirational Educator by Central Washington University and the Center for Excellence in Leadership, 2004; 2001 TIAA-CREF/SOURCE Distinguished Faculty Award ($400); Nominated School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Teacher of the Year, 1996-1997 (UVSC); University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 1993; Sigma Xi Travel Award ($300), to attend and present at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 1993
In no particular order: dance (all kinds but especially swing and international folk dance), cross country skiing, music, sewing, gardening, hiking, reading fiction, writing poetry, working really hard crossword puzzles
There is no place like home.
When I was around 27 years old, I was on a cross-country bicycle trip by myself. On the third day, just outside of McCook Nebraska, I wiped out and broke my collarbone. That began a series of events that led me to go back to university to get my bachelors and ultimately my PhD. I'm a firm believer in karma.
Finding perfect metaphors for teaching and/or poetry; a good ear for music.
I would be a perpetual student.
No, I had a series of different jobs.
Being born (okay, I'm getting silly, this is a long questionnaire). I suppose in a way the real answer to that is learning to juggle. I was in my early 20s, and it was the first time I had the experience of really working for something. I graduated high school without cracking a book (11th in a class of about 150), and never really had the concept of practice or even learning before that time.
Like I could remember that.
You really don't want to know the answer to this one. Suffice it to say they still live in Georgia where I grew up and I live here.
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