Despite what students believe, professors do exist outside of the classroom. They like to do other things than read textbooks and devise ways to make life miserable for students. Myself (being a bit of a nerd), I do enjoy reading material related to my research interests. However, rarely do my days end with the reading of a great book on terrorism. More likely, I end the day reading Dr. Seuss or “Goodnight Moon” to one of my four children. I have often thought that my wife deserves more credit than I do for the Ph.D. that bears my name. My wife and I call the Carolinas home and we usually spend a few weeks out of the year visiting friends and family members in those regions. We also try to enjoy a bit of the outdoors. A few places we enjoy are Table Rock, Duke Gardens, or the Outer Banks.
In addition to spending time with my family, I also enjoy the great American pasttime of baseball. While growing up, I cheered the best I could for the Atlanta Braves, which was not always easy (thanks, Joe Carter). In years gone by, I also played baseball. I enjoy cooking and eating, which is helpful since those things seem to go together (here are a few of my favorites: A, B, C).
Turning back to academics, I have been fortunate during my academic career to have some great mentors, including Richard Davis, Ken Rogerson, Will Moore, Brad Gomez, Mark Souva, and Joe Young. In addition to these individuals, there have been countless other teachers and friends who have helped me along the way. I have also had the chance to study at great institutions (BYU and FSU).
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