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1967 -- July 1969)
I taught high school in a town of 259 in South Dakota for one year after getting home (chemistry, US history, world history, Spanish I and Spanish II). I then went back to school for a Master of Social Work degree and codeveloped an inner-city community involvement program -- I ran the program as a community organizer for 10 years. After that I became a technical writer for a number of years (my science background led to that after Reagan's budget cutting dried up social services for a good while). I got back into the business as Associate Director of Hispanos en Minnesota, an outpatient clinic for chemical treatment and education -- our clients were Hispanics, Somalis, and Hmong with a rare Anglo thrown in. I did fund raising and ran the after-school youth-at-risk program.
I then got into the disaster planning business (the planning for recovery phase) and codeveloped a system in Spanish; I installed software and trained people in disaster planning (Mexico, Peru...).
Along the way I served on the board of the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, eventually serving three terms as president, and battling with the National ACLU over a number of issues.
I taught at the Univ of MN for four years while working on my Ph.D.; I've been an assistant professor here in Fayetteville for two years and am entering my second year as tenure-track. My interests are in international Human Resource Development and distance education.
Last year I facilitated some leadership development workshops in Honduras in October, in West Africa in February, and in Eastern Europe in April. I also have been fortunate enough to present some research at conferences here and abroad -- I'll be in Malaysia in November-December sharing some innovative distance education strategies (blended technology approaches).
In the Future
|I can't imagine what retirement would be like ... I'm having too much fun right now, although getting used to the Southern style of thinking and acting is like another incidence of culture shock.