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Greetings, and welcome to this issue of the Instructional Forum.

As this is the beginning of my tenure as editor, and it is only my second year at PGCC, allow me to tell you a little something about who I am.

I spent my undergraduate and graduate years at the Florida State University, earning my B.A. and M.A. in English. I also began my teaching career at FSU, teaching First-Year Composition and Writing About Literature. During that time, I also worked as a legal writer for the state of Florida, and spent a good part of that time editing and proofreading the work of several law clerks and attorneys.

After awhile, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature (Old English Language and Literature) at the University of Rhode Island. During my time at URI, I began teaching Business Communication and Scientific and Technical Writing, which have become the main focus of my teaching career, though I continue to teach, when possible, literature courses (in fact, if you know any students interested in taking my Survey of Science Fiction Literature in the spring, send them my way).

Finally, after a number of years as an adjunct instructor at several institutions, Dr. Robert Barshay and Dr. Melinda Kramer saw fit to bring me onboard at PGCC. So, here I am, associate professor of English, and now the editor of the Instructional Forum.

I look forward to seeing submissions from many of you in the future. Please let me know if you have any ideas for article topics, or if you just want to stop by and chat for a bitů



The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 19, No. 1

Fall 2003