Ph. D. in English, Harvard University, 1963
Recipient of a full 4-year scholarship to Harvard from the Danforth Foundation. In the 1950s, the Danforth Foundation awared scholarships to graduate students who planned to enter the world of higher education and teach from the assumption that human beings are essentially spiritual beings. My Danforth Fellow advisers at Harvard were Huston Smith and Paul Tillich. Among my Harvard professors were Perry Miller (The Puritans, Jonathan Edwards), Albert Lord (The Singer of Tales) and Francis P. Magoun (translator of The Kalevala). My Ph. D. Thesis Director was William Alfred (playwright, Hogan's Goat, Agamemnon). My Thesis (a copy is in Harvard's Widener Library) is The Concept of Anxiety in The Harrowing of Hell Plays in the York and Towneley Cycles (Medieval Mystery Plays).
M. A. in English, Harvard University, 1960
B. A. in English, University of Texas, 1958
Phi Beta Kappa
1962 - 1964: Instructor of English, Mundelein College, Chicago, Illinois, (now part of Loyola University)
1963 Mundelein College: Teacher of the Year Award
1964 - 1965: Lecturer in Medieval and Modern Literature, Free University of Berlin, West Berlin, Germany
Performs one-man show: "Songs from the Mead Hall: Beowulf, The Wanderer, and
the Struggle Between Courage and Fate"
1965 - 1971: Assistant Professor of English, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Begins annual performance of one-man show: "Gilgamesh: The Oldest Story in the World,"
performed every year as part of Humanities Division's presentations in World Literature
(Performed for nine consecutive years)
1971 - 1975: Associate Professor of English, (tenured), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Teaches seminar with Richard Feynman, Professor of Physics, on C. P. Snow's "The Two Cultures."
Teaches seminar with Frank Capra, Film Director, "The Humanistic Imagination."
Creates "The Caltech Student Players." Directs productions of "The Threepenny Opera,"
"H. M. S. Pinafore," "The Student Prince," and "The Pirates of Penzance"
1976 (Summer Session): Visiting Professor of Literature, The University of Houston at Clear Lake,
1976 - 1979: Assistant Professor of English, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
1979 - 1985: Associate Professor of English, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
1981 Chosen by Board of Regents as "Regents Professor of the Year"
1985 - 1989: Professor of English, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Creates a program for Gifted and Talented Middle School Students, mentored by
Teaches an annual storytelling and theatre workshop for middle school
students: "The Magic If: Envisioning the World You Would Like to Live In
Out of the World You Have to Live In"
1989 - 1998: Professor of English, Galveston College, Galveston, Texas
1991 Director of a Grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities
This NEH grant allowed an interdisciplinary Galveston College faculty group to
create a new, experimental Humanities course that would address the pressing social
needs of Galveston Island: street gangs, high teen pregnancy rates, increasingly
high rates of high school drop-outs, a poorly trained workforce. The course combined
traditional readings in the humanities (Plato, Shakespeare), multicultural studies (Hispanic
Asian, and African-American writers), ethics, critical thinking skills, and community
service. It was enormously successful and was copied (or adapted in its broad
outlines) by many other community colleges.
1992 Award, "Galveston College's Professor of the Year"
1993 Spring Seminar: The Carl Jung Center in Houston, Texas: "Wagner's Parsifal: Jungian
Archetypes and Wagner's Exploration of the Myth of the Holy Grail"
Lecture: The Carl Jung Center in Houston, Texas: "Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, and
the Hero's Journey in the Fairy Tale, "The Water of Life"
1994 Galveston Ballet: Stravinsky's "Petrushka": Wrote and performed four long monologues
for a Storyteller, connecting the four scenes of "Petrushka." These monologues made clear that
"Petrushka" is an engrossing fairy tale -- and the story was enjoyed by large groups of school
children from the Houston/Galveston area, who were experiencing classical ballet for the first
time. The performances (repeated the following year) took place in Galveston's historic 1894
Grand Opera House.
1996 Special Summer Seminar: "Shakespeare for Teachers"
The University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas (a special series of classes for
high school teachers in the Houston area, who regularly teach Shakespeare
in the public schools)
1998 - 2002: Retired. Continued teaching part-time at The University of Houston, Clear Lake, Galveston College, The Carl Jung Center in Houston, Texas
2002 - the present: Private Tutor
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