Here’s an interactive timeline of my career, for those of who who like to browse timelines interactively.
High School (Murphy High, Mobile, AL)
At Murphy High School (Mobile, AL) I focused on the new PC. It seemed an exciting technology, and I tried whenever I could to use computers with my classwork and homework assignments. I even got to use a modem to communicate with other people (people I didn’t know IRL) in my home town.
College (Notre Dame, South Bend, IN)
Ha, didn’t even stay for the wedding. Just took his million spacebucks and ran. And you will not call me ‘you’. You will never address me as ‘you’. You will call me ‘your royal highness’. I really must go back. I shouldn’t have run away. I realize now that love is one luxury a princess cannot afford.
Grad School (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA)
We’re done with you. Go back to the golf course and work on your putz. Nah, he got the upside, I got the downside. See there’s two sides to every Schwartz. What’s the matter with this thing, what’s all that churnning and bubbling, you call that radar screen? Ah, planet Druidia. And under that air shield, ten thousand years of fresh air. We must get through that air shield! Say goodbye to your two best friends, and I don’t mean your pals in the Winnebago. So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.
Founding Director, EServer.org
In 1990 I founded an open-access e-publishing initiative in the arts and humanities. Over the next 28 years it grew, at its largest hosting over 35,000 works and supporting the work of 227 editors, five scholarly journals, and dozens of collections in a range of fields. At its peak it served over 500,000 hits per day to about two million readers per month. The site was retired in 2017.
Assistant Professor, (UW-Seattle, Seattle, WA)
You make it so difficult sometimes. You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them. You’re not actually going IN to an asteroid field? I happen to like nice men. This bucket of bolts’s never gonna get us past that blockade. We’re going to get pulverized if we stay out here much longer. Evacuate remaining ground staff.
Assistant Professor (ISU, Ames, IA)
It’s not that we’re afraid, far from it, it’s just that we’ve got this thing about death… It’s not us! I’m a mog: half man, half dog. I’m my own best friend! The minute we move in they’re gonna spot us on their radar. Whoa, hold it, time. Chief… I can’t… I can’t go any further. I can’t go any further.
Director, Studio for New Media (Ames, IA)
When I was a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, I created a small multimedia lab to enable my colleagues to create and edit interactive multimedia. Then, as a young assistant professor at UW-Seattle, I created a similar multimedia studio to foster student and colleague proficiency with emerging media there. When I came to Iowa State, I founded the Studio for New Media here, and have directed the lab since then. In the past eighteen years, the Studio has grown to support dozens of student and faculty members, and has a vibrant and energetic website (unfortunately only accessible from the ISU campus).
Associate Professor (ISU, Ames, IA)
After I received tenure and promotion to associate professor, I’ve served in a more advanced role as a scholar in the field.
Chair, Library Advisory Committee
When I was an assistant professor at the University of Washington-Seattle, I served on, then chaired that university’s Library Committee. When I came to ISU in 2003, I joined this university’s corresponding committee, which has representatives from each ISU college who consult monthly with the dean and associate deans about library policy decisions. For the past few years I’ve served as the chair of this committee, met frequently with the dean and associate deans, and served on the search committee for our current Library Dean.