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I have taught theology/religious studies. My unfinished dissertation topic is modern day ultrarunning in the context of desert asceticism. I was a writing center director and a lecturer of first-year writing and rhetoric, and academic ESL. I am the author of English for Pharmacy Writing and Oral Communication. I have published on spirituality and healing. I am a HuffPost, Thrive Global, and Medium contributor and have written about ultrarunning, spirituality, gardening, my book collection, surviving a medical nightmare, and much more. I have been teaching in higher education almost 25 years and running ultramarathons (50 mile, 100K (62 miles), 100 mile and 24 hour endurance runs) since 2005.

Current research areas: 

Modern Day Ultrarunning and Christian Asceticsim - unfinished dissertation 2016

Recent scholarly activity: 

“The Sport of Ultrarunning, Spirituality, and Inspiration: Research Findings and An Ordinary Ultrarunner’s Experience”
Oct 22, 2016 – Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development – Neumann University – Perspective on Sport and Inspiration Conference
“Values Gained from the Sport of Running”
April 15 – 16, 2015, Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development – Neumann University – Conference on Values Inquiry: Sport and Values

Recent publications: 

 “Spirituality, Suffering, Meaning, Resiliency, and Healing: Research Findings and a Patient’s Story of Overcoming a Medical Challenge” International Journal for Human Caring: 2014 18(4).
Book reviews:
The Hour of the Land (Sarah Crichton Books), Terry Tempest Williams, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 5, 2016
American Governor: The Tale of Chris Christie (Simon & Schuster), Matt Katz, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 24, 2016
Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science (Ecco), Richard Dawkins, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 4, 2015
Natural Born Heroes, (Knopf), Christopher McDougall, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 24, 2105
HuffPost – April 2016 – present
Thrive Global - January 2017 - present
Medium - January 2017 - present
English for Pharmacy Writing and Oral Communication, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

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