Colin is a graduate of Green River High School, Western Wyoming Community College, and the University of Wyoming. He has taught professional and technical writing in the Department of English since 1988 and was one of three instructors to first incorporate computers in a writing-based classroom. Colin currently directs the Wyoming Writing Project, providing and supporting opportunities in professional development across the K-16 curricula for all Wyoming teachers.
He has helped friends “bunch” cattle, driven spikes in a “steel gang,” mined trona in Sweetwater County, tended bar, been part-owner of a small retail business, and played guitar in a variety of honky-tonk bands. Before returning to UW as an instructor, Colin spent several years in the private sector as a writer or editor for Hallmark Communications, IBM, the New Mexico Business Journal, and Time-Life Books. He believes this “real world” experience informed his classroom approach to writing instruction and shaped his ability to communicate with UW students.
When not distracted by his various duties, Colin enjoys spending time with his wife, Roxanne (UW, 1980, and the current business manager for the College of Arts and Sciences), and their daughter, Katie (UW, 2009). Occasionally he dusts off his old guitar and strums a few.
Colin has served on the Faculty Senate since 2006. He looks forward to being actively engaged with the University of Wyoming’s progress in 2013-2014.