Lecturer of Mass Communication/Public Relations
Ferguson Center 229
Iíve been a school teacher working with students in and out of the classroom my entire adult life. I started my teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant at Bemidji State University and Iíve been teaching ever since. My first full time teaching job was at Missouri State University where I taught English and Journalism classes. I was also the faculty advisor to the college newspaper and the vets club. I then moved to Marshall, Missouri and started teaching at Marshall High School. I retired from public school teaching May of 2003, after 28 years in the same high school coaching and teaching. I Coached Football, Tennis, Wrestling, and Baseball.
I returned to part time college teaching at Missouri Valley College teaching writing, literature and Mass Communications classes. I also taught as an adjunct at State Fair Community College.
That job morphed into full time employment and I became General Manager of KMVC, the college radio station and Chairman of the Department of Mass Communication. I also became the instructor of the new Public Relations Major.
I enjoy singing, collecting old cars, reading and writing. At last count I had 14 automobiles in various states of repair as I anticipated full time retirement so I could work on them. My 1968 Ford Convertible (Pink) is nearly completed and I built a 1971 Ford Mustang for my wife and son. Itís finished. Other cars such as my 54 Mercury (I have 2) and a 1980 Mustang are in various states of disarray in my huge shop behind my house.
My passion is teaching. I spend most of my spare time in preparation and working on my various projects for the classroom.
I Hope to start writing fiction again when time permits.
I have one son; Frank Laurence (named for my brothers) nicknamed "Duke".
Iíve been married to the same woman since 1969. We live on a small farm 40 plus acres south of Marshall.