I am professor emeritus in Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. During my 32 years on the faculty at Minnesota, I taught courses ranging from plant physiology to agroecology. I also taught undergraduate courses that featured memoir writing as the primary pedagogy. I served for six years as co-facilitator for the “Making Meaning of a Life in Teaching” project, which helped faculty and others write about their experiences as teachers and learners.
I am certified as a spiritual director and facilitate occasional workshops and retreats on writing about one’s life. I am a creative nonfiction writer with several published memoirs. My current writing includes essays about the meaning of my upbringing in Indiana and other topics of interest to my life and times.
My wife (Mary Ann) and I have three daughters (Jill, Lara and Dawn), two grandsons (Samuel & Henry), and a granddaughter (Linnea).