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What was your previous position and where?I have worked at LSU since 1975.
What brought you to LSU?A tenure-track position in my area of expertise - the poetry of John Milton and other writers of the English renaissance.
What is your research interest?My research interests include the poetry of John Milton, Shakespeare & Film, and the novels of George Eliot.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?My short-term goal is to effect a smooth transition for the Department of English to a new chair. I will complete my second term as chair this spring and I hope to have the spring semester to work with the new chair-elect. My next project relates to a translation of "Don Quixote" made by John Milton's nephew, whom he educated. While serving as chair, I have been working hard on my Spanish.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Over the years, I have taught wonderful students. Just this week, my students presented collaborative readings of Milton's epic "Paradise Lost" that were spectacular - literally. One was a 30-minute epic film, compete with special effects.
What are your major accomplishments?Research: I have written three single-authored books;
Teaching: In the 1990s, I led the revision of our undergraduate curriculum, and more recently, I initiated a major revision of our second required writing course; and
Service: I have served as chair of the English department for the past six years.