I come to the School of Nursing by a roundabout route. I received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1975, and taught philosophy for several years before getting involved with prison work. I taught and worked as a counselor in prisons in Washington and New York, and in 1982-1983 was "philosopher-in-residence" with the Connecticut Department of Correction. After returning to Washington in the mid-80's, I worked as a programmer at the UW and went back to school, receiving an MSW from the UW School of Social Work in 1993.
I was with the University of Washington as a faculty member at PCH since 1995. As a research faculty member, my work has concerned prisons and mental health. Working with various state agencies, but especially the Department of Corrections, my colleagues developed and evaluated programs for offenders with mental illness, both in prison and in the community. Since 2003, our research focused on maximum custody issues: the infamous “supermax” facilities to which prisoners are assigned if they’re considered too dangerous to live among others. My strongest connection to programs at the School of Nursing consisted of teaching one of the required courses for incoming PhD students, Philosophical Basis of Nursing Inquiry, which provided a welcome respite from his research and an opportunity to practice his original discipline of philosophy. It was particularly rewarding to teach this course at Chiang Mai University in Thailand in 2005 and again in 2010.
I served as an official of the Faculty Senate from 2005 – 2010, first as legislative representative, then Vice Chair of the Senate, Senate Chair, and finally Chair of the Senate Committee on Planning and Budgeting. Although my term as Senate Chair coincided with the beginning of the state’s fiscal collapse and severe challenges to the University, I relished the role and the opportunity to engage with dedicated colleagues from upper campus as well as University officials and the Board of Regents. In 2011, faced with state budget cuts that eliminated the contracts that paid my salary, I retired from the University of Washington to take a position as Criminal Justice Analyst with the County of Napa, in California.