What is your position in the department/courses you teach?
I am NTTF [Non-Tenure Track Faculty] in the English department, currently teaching Composition.

What brought you to CSU? Where were you before CSU? 
Teaching at CSU is a return to my alma mater. Prior to being here, I taught at Front Range Community College for twelve years. Additionally, I have worked as a distance educator for two community colleges in Wyoming.

What area(s) do you study in the English realm? What drove that passion?
I currently study Classical and Late Antiquity but generally do so through a lens of critical theory. Since my childhood, I have always been passionate about ancient narratives that seek to explore or explain the human condition within the world and universe. I also have a highly analytical nature that finds great value in applying critical theory to texts.

What is some advice you would give to current undergrads/grads/prospective students, etc?
Open yourself to revision. The journey of earning a degree requires a willingness to amend and reinforce one’s beliefs, thought processes, and actions in ways that may initially seem awkward or even threatening. I believe the most valuable learning should often be unsettling and challenge the truths we both hold and seek.

Ryan’s summer reading

What or who inspires you?
Inspiration certainly comes from many places. I take great inspiration from my family—from my ninety-four year old grandmother to my scared-to-start-kindergarten nephew. I am also continually inspired by the strength and determination that I see in many students of varying backgrounds on our campus.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I had aspirations of being in theatre and music.

What is your favorite word and why?
What a challenging question. Today, my favorite word is “ebullient” because I am excited to teach!

Sometimes students think professors don’t have a life outside the department. What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I read books like Frank Zappa smoked cigarettes—a lot. I play multiple musical instruments and am lucky to have a dedicated room in my home to make music. I am an avid gardener who takes great joy in growing and consuming my own produce, and I would one day like to be certified as a Master Gardner. Like many Coloradoans, I also love hiking, biking, longboarding and camping.