Prof. Walker is a professional writer/editor/publicist and education entrepreneur. In addition to teaching he is editor/publisher at Emanations Press, and has taught corporate business writing/grammar/communications, most recently at Qualidigm. He is one of the faculty who piloted IDS 101 at COSC seven years ago. From 2006-09 he was an adjunct professor of first-year writing and rhetoric at University of Hartford.
He has assisted colleges with recruitment via alumni profiles booklets, advertising, and newsletters, such as Cambridge College (MA) and Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena. He welcomes critical thinkers to his LinkedIn group on College Research Sharing and blog http://collegeresearchsharing.com On LinkedIn he has a group by this same name http://www.linkedin.com/in/scrivener
He has a BA in Communication Arts, Fordham College; MA in English and American Literature, Trinity College (’91), with the thesis on “George Orwell’s Art and Polemic: Inside or Outside the Whale” and an AA from St. Thomas Seminary (’68). With more than 40 years experience, he believes in a strong focus on open and thoughtful communications for empowerment and innovation. In personal advising Prof Walker encourages students to link current and future issues to their developing philosophies of life via an historical perspective.
Prior to teaching and tutoring, he spent a year developing content for a SharePoint 2.0 web site for career knowledge research and networking, which included alumni profiles for Northwestern CT Community College. As a marketing proposal writer and publicist for award-winning architectural firm Tai Soo Kim Partners, Hartford (www.tskp.com) he wrote about green design and worked on a variety of successful projects, including the Colt Gateway (Coltsville), Hartford, and extensive web content for a successful school renovation referendum in Canton. At Kaman Aerospace Corp. he wrote and did the layout for a four-color monthly newsletter for both in-house and public relations purposes. In addition to featuring employees this advanced the new Lean Enterprise plan, later recognized by Productivity Inc. simultaneously with Ford Motor Company, Harley Davidson, and Black & Decker. Prior to Kaman, he edited books for Book Marketing Works, LLC, created a newsletter for Central Connecticut State University on Professional Development Schools using action research; and wrote the newsletter for the UofH Educational MainStreet program linking the campus to city schools. This publicity played a significant role in the launch of the program and for fundraising.
From 1991-1996 he managed a grant-driven, six-college OPTIONS Speakers Bureau on International Security Issues at UofH. This became a successful, pilot discussion series in 12 Connecticut libraries on “Choices for the 21st Century: America’ s Role in a Changing World.” It was co-sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Choices Education Project, and the Brown University Center for Foreign Policy Development, and led to a $180,000 grant from the NEH to the Southern CT Library Council to continue the same kind of work. At UofH from 1979-91 full-time, while associate director of communications, his faculty Speakers Bureau was recognized for excellence (see below). He arranged some 2,000 programs, primarily in schools throughout Connecticut but also for civic groups, and received many plaudits. The Bureau directory also served as a very popular News Sources directory of 250 faculty. He also helped to orchestrate the annual Commencement and edited the printed program, working with famous people on deadline to ensure their submissions, and even writing a message for a Nobel Prize winning economist! Coordination of a press conference launching the Connecticut College Space Grant Consortium led to an unexpected $20,000 gift from NASA.
Prior to UofH he was a daily newspaper reporter for the Waterbury Republican-American, art critic for the Hartford Advocate, writer/assistant editor & AV manager for the Greater Hartford CofC (1978), and hospital orderly caring for handicapped children and young adults, for 2 ½ years at New Britain Memorial Hospital, now the Hospital for Special Care. He also worked as an orderly in two hospitals in Florida; a convalescent facility and a general hospital where he took care of people before and after surgery. A few other jobs, including summer jobs & a few freelance selections: 1. Mansion swimming pool painter (Hudson River valley) 2. Housepainter, New Britain 3. Apple tree pruner & cider maker, Orkil Farms, Simsbury, CT 4. Chemical salvage worker, Oakland, CA 5. Substitute teacher, Hartford Adult Learning Center 6. Contributing editor, CT Business Journal 7. Contributor, CT Tech Tribune 8. Contributor, various newspaper op-eds and letters including The Hartford Courant. 9. Assistant editor, The Voice, Winsted
He is married to a retired NICU nurse and has three grown sons, all in good careers. Prof Walker is working on his own fiction and poetry (see his blog). He rode a chopper across the country in the 1973, and is a classic car hobbyist, which he inherited from his dad (1929 Packard Roadster 640) and uses this to help charitable fundraising. In line with this he is helping to establish the New England Auto Museum Norwalk to encourage youths to enter the STEM or STEAM careers and preserve amazing auto collections.
HONORS & MEMBERSHIPS
* The UofH Speakers Bureau was recognized for excellence by the Network for Talented and Gifted students, the CT Dept. of Education and the Advertising Club of Greater Hartford. * Occasional Member, CT Authors and Publishers Association * Honorable Mention for Science Fiction, L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, 1985 * Silver Medal and Editor’s Choice Award for “To a Child Born Prematurely” from Poetry.com * Sons of the American Revolution, Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch #10 & Mayflower ancestors * Secretary, Director, Valley Collector Car Club (Simsbury, CT) *Leader & Fundraiser, Avon Countryside Park Renovation/Beautification May 2010.
Why does the professor teach anyway? I’d be hard pressed to choose one teacher who had the most influence on my life, as there were several. A high school teacher who taught French and had us study just one paragraph for an entire hour and we were entranced. A history teacher who happened to be Italian who with his passion alone brought history to life. (Italians are known for their passion.) An author, Marguerite Young, who wrote Miss Macintosh, My Darling, who taught one of the many courses in poetry that I took over the years (it was at the heart of the curriculum in my day). A top journalist at a major TV station who taught us about the nature of the power structure, with reference to Saul Alinsky (an inspiration to President Obama & Hillary Clinton). The future president of the AP, Lou Boccardi, who sent us into the bowels of the Bronx to cover stories pulled off the wire. (I covered a strike at a hospital.) The City of New York, arguably my greatest teacher in my last two years at Fordham as I wandered around and hung out at MOMA and in the East Village. In my MA program George Orwell was my mentor and still is as he is so increasingly pertinent today when authoritarianism and ignorance rears its ugly Hydra heads that I could continue that until my dying day. There are a great many authors who, even though I’ve never met them, have the influence of a personal contact.
I was interviewed recently at the Klingberg Family Centers Auto Festival, about halfway through the first one, with the ’29 Packard Roadster. I also put in a plug for the college!
RACING ACTION TODAY – 2017 KLINGBERG AUTO FEST PT. 1 – http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=34826
RACING ACTION TODAY – 2017 KLINGBERG AUTO FEST PT. 2 – http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=34820