I am a rhetorician. It's an obscure term that conjures images of bearded Greek men, dressed in robes, postulating eloquently on the meaning of life. The truth is far less interesting. In short, I study language. I study the use of words and their meanings and how they are, can be, or have been used to persuade, dissuade, inspire, offend, or challenge. In the process of studying these things, I earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric at the University of Memphis. Since that time, I've had the opportunity to not only continue to study but apply the tools of rhetoric in a variety of instances including the educational and the business realms.

Currently, I peddle my rhetorical wares as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. In that capacity, I teach courses in rhetoric, public relations, argumentation, persuasion, public speaking, and political communication.

I also freelance for local marketing agencies including 212 Media Studios and Timberline Team Consulting. I have written speeches, white papers, blogs, press releases, and copy for brochures, websites, and other mediums.

When not wordsmithing, I bike, run, hone my banjo and guitar skills, tinker in my garage, and spend time with my family.