by Hugh Culbertson, Professor Emeritus
As we approach the end of our careers, we professors surely reflect on what we have done in the past 30 to 50 years or so. What major questions did we raise and emphasize in our teaching and research? What tentative (an omnipresent qualifier) answers, if any, did we come up with? And how did these things relate to our work as professional communicators as well as to our transformative studies in grad school and beyond?
In writing this, I went back over some 70 articles, books, book chapters and monographs that I had published over a 50-year period. Yes, my first journal article came out in 1959!!! I had almost forgotten about some of these publications. And, as I sought to make sense of all them, I found it important emphasize two themes. First, my varied writing and studies had some coherence, with seemingly diverse topics dealt with by using similar or related concepts. And second, my working days as an agricultural journalist influenced my later work as a would-be scholar. I did not desert the world of working journalism the day I enter doctoral studies and thereby turned right, rather than left, at the key fork in my career road.