What do you think the purpose or benefit of a higher education is?
More than anything, it should teach students how to think and learn. If a person knows how to do those two things, they can accomplish almost anything.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of working on a small campus?
Far and away the best thing is having such interesting colleagues with such a wide variety of interests. On larger campuses people become isolated within their disciplines.
What are the benefits, in your opinion, for students studying in a small campus setting rather than on a large/urban campus setting?
They get to know the faculty in ways that students on a large campus don't often get to. In addtion, there are fewer students competing for opportunities, so students at a small campus are more likely to get the opportunity or recognition.
With a word or two, how do you think a student would most likely describe you as a professor?
Concerned and helpful
Within your field of teaching and research, what specific directions do you tend to channel your energy and why?
I am always looking for ways to make the subject real for the students - examples in the news, different ways to present the material, different activities in the classroom.
What is an interest or hobby of yours that really doesn't have anything to do with the teachings of your academic field?
I love to weave - baskets, rugs, clothing, anything.
How might you respond to a student who enjoys the subject matter of your classes but isn't necessarily strong in that field of study?
There are a lot of ways to use accounting knowledge, and they all don't require that you be an A student in accounting.
What's something that you should throw away but can't?
I majored in Russian literature in college and I still have all the books in Russian - Doctor Zhivago, War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Gulag Archipelago, Eugene Onegin, Brothers Karamazov and more - and I can't bring myself to get rid of them.
What kinds of movies do you most enjoy? Why?
Suspense, Whodunit - because they keep me thinking
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book?
I am currently reading the John Sanford book series (just the Lucas Davenport mysteries).
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
As a former undergraduate student, was there a certain professor that stands out in mind as a favorite, someone you really respected, or someone who really inspired you? Why?
Richard Yatzek - he was my Russian literature professor. He had such a passion for the literature and the students and he worked so hard to try to ignite that same passion for the literature in us. He is still teaching, although he must be in his seventies now.
Professor Matz getting prepared to do some basket weaving at Pitt-Bradford's annual Cultural Festival.