David comes to UMass Amherst UWW with a specialty in writing, literature, history, and creative and critical thinking. These academic interests are integrated elements of his belief about adult learning and higher education: that active participation in one discipline stands to increase one’s learning capacity in another.
He has taught courses at UMass Amherst in creative writing, composition, food writing, and rare forms of literature. As Technology Fellow for the Writing Program at UMass Amherst, David explored ways to use new technologies to solve pedagogical dilemmas that come up for students in the 21st century classroom. He uses technology to promote better time management and takes pride in creating community that helps students discover their goals and find their way through the thick.
As a poet and teacher, David wants new methods for making meaning of life. He has over a decade of experience working in a variety of capacities: public relations writer, magazine journalist, arts administrator, public historian, docent, preservationist, and most recently as a farm hand on a small patch of holistic resource management land.
- B.L.S. Boston University, History
- M.F.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Creative Writing (Poetry)
- Technology Fellow for the Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
teaching, research, and personal interests
Critical thinking, creative writing, and composition pedagogies; early US literature; modern and contemporary poetics; translation; technology; food, food culture, and food writing; and writing as a form of community, documentary, and reflective learning.