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Background

In much of my professional life I have been involved in the use of computers (My first computer science class was in the Fortran language in 1973.) Soon after I founded Café Pride, a couple of the young men who had become regulars at the coffee house challenged me to "get serious" about advertising the ministry and build a website. By the end of 1996, we had a presence on the web. I quickly recognized that the internet held great potential for all sorts of ministries.

My doctoral project was the development of a web-based educational environment for teens using music, art, and literature resources already available on the internet. You may examine the current edition of the website I built to demonstrate my thesis here.

I have also been involved in educational theory and practice working as a textbook editor at Bob Jones University Press and as an editor for professional journals and books for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). At NCTE I was the editor and liaison for the author or collection editor for the following

Brooks, Charlotte K. Tapping Potential: English and Language Arts for the Black Learner. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1985.

Gere, Anne Ruggles. Roots in the Sawdust: Writing to Learn across the Disciplines. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1985.

Kahn, Elizabeth A., Carolyn Calhoun Walter, and Larry R. Johannessen. Writing about Liturature. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1984.

Reigstad, Thomas J. and Donald A. McAndrew. Training Tutors for Writing Conferences. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1984.

Selfe, Cynthia L. Computer-Assisted Instruction in Composition: Create Your Own. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1986.

Smith, Michael W. Reducing Writing Apprehension. Urbana, Ill.: NCTE, 1984.

Tway, Eileen. Time for Writing in the Elementary School. Urbana, Ill.:NCTE, 1984.

I was also the in-house editor for the journals College English and English Education as well as several of NCTE's newsletters for more specialized audiences within the profession.

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