I've been teaching philosophy at Butte College since the mid-1980s, fulltime since 1998; I’ve also taught in the school's Honors Program and play an active role in coordinating TMI at Butte College.
Married, with two cats, my passions include my wife, reading, the Kindle, the iPad, philosophy and religious studies, classic fiction, and J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth and N.T. Wright.
For some 30 years I was involved in local radio: 19 at KEWQ (renamed KKXX) in Paradise, 10 at 93.9KFM in Chico (where I was second banana to Gary Bennett on the Bennett and Barnett morning show), and about 1 at KPAY in Chico.
My BA in philosophy and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies both come from California State University, Chico where I was mentored in my chosen profession by the late Marvin Easterling and later by department chair Brooke Moore, who gave me my first teaching job.
In June of 2007 I was privileged to give a co-keynote address, along with Pat James of Mt. San Jacinto College, at the 2007 Online Teaching Conference held in Fremont, California.
I got to be an "early adopter" by teaching the first Butte College online class offered in Blackboard 9, the new version of our Learning Management System, in the spring of 2011. That experience was a helpful guide as the entire school made the transition to Blackboard 9 in the summer and fall of 2011.
In 2012 my Eastern Religions (PHIL-018) online course received a Catalyst "Exemplary Course" award, from Blackboard, in international competition.
I'm also involved locally in the Chico Triad, an ongoing discussion group on philosophy, theology and science. Those who attend include faculty and students from both Butte College and CSU, Chico, as well as independent scholars and interested laypeople.