Monday, January 30, 2017

About Me in 2017

In this post I'm introducing myself to my classmates and professor, Dr. Renee Hobbs, in my URI Digital Authorship Course running January 2017 to May 2017...

I'm a mid-career theology teacher (18 years).  I'm a lifelong Bay Stater and a lifelong Roman Catholic though I went to an interdenominational divinity school, Andover Newton.  I currently teach at an all boys Catholic high school in the Greater Boston area with a specialization in ecclesiology (a course on the Church) and ethics.  I am also the speech coach co-moderator.   I have been interested in media literacy and cultural criticism for a very long time, reading authors such as Christopher Lasch (The Culture of Narcissism) and Paul Wachtel (The Poverty of Affluence) at a rather young age.
I figured I'd eventually get a Doctor of Ministry degree since I take graduate courses every other summer or so.  In the spring of 2015 I stumbled upon a media literacy course at Rhode Island through an online search.    I took it and I loved it.   I was the smartest man in the class! (I was the only man in the class with fourteen women and female professor.)   Well, that really piqued my interest so I started searching for other courses to expand beyond that one, hoping to come accross a certificate program.   I found a school in Boston running a graduate certificate but they were unresponsive and then called back weeks or even months after my first couple of inquiries only to have someone call me back who was unable to really give me any specifics on the program. 
Well, not long after that I found the URI Digital Literacy Institute and certificate program. And the Feinstein campus is only 30 minutes away from home by train and a quick walk.  I am delighted to be half way done and excited about this course and the tier two leadership course in the summer of 2017.    I look forward to getting to know  my EDC534 classmates and responding to the intellectual and technological challenges Renee gives us this semester.