I did my undergraduate work in history with a dual emphasis in American and African history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My graduate work, also at Miami, was in sociology with an emphasis on social psychology and deviance. I worked for nearly 20 years as a substance abuse professional in both clinical and educational settings. As a director of a county substance abuse agency I supervised clinical staff and outreach staff and worked closely with criminal justice systems to develop intervention programs. I worked under a federal grant as a K-12 substance abuse program director after moving away from public agency work.
In that school setting, I was given the added title of district technology director and was awarded a series of state grants to develop a technology-rich school environment and supporting pedagogy that served as a model for other Ohio school districts.
I began teaching sociology half-time in the mid 1980s at Indiana University. I have also taught sociology classes for UMA, Miami University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati.
My wife and I moved to Maine in 2003 to run a bed and breakfast in Camden, Maine. I took an IT director’s position with MSAD 50 in Thomaston, Maine, the same year. In 2011 I accepted an IT position with UMaine and began teaching sociology part-time in 2013.
My current areas of interest include constructionist perspectives on reality and organization, digital technology and society, and social inequality.