Prof Walker’s Biography

I recently retired as an adjunct professor teaching critical thinking, writing, research and classical rhetoric for10 years at Charter Oak State College (all online). I am open to opportunities to advance knowledge and the common good, including written contributions. Various writings in progress, including a possible textbook on theories and methods of knowledge making and management (epistemology today).  Historical background work in progress including SAR ancestor Col. James Otis, who was wounded in the Revolutionary War, and various Mayflower connections: Richard Warren, Anna Warren, John Alden, Priscilla Mullins.


M.A. English and American Literature, Trinity College, 1991. Hartford, CT. I’m proud to say that my thesis advisor was Prof Barbara Benedict. Thesis:

B.A. Communication Arts, Fordham College, 1970. Bronx, NY.

A.A. Liberal Arts, STS, 1968. Bloomfield, CT

Jobs/Tasks For 50+ Years Past to Present (Volunteering in green)

  1. Ditch Digger, foundation of Uncle’s “Green Thumb” greenhouse
  2. Poet, Stella Matutina (STS) and Fordham Magazine
  3. Ambulance attendant, G&L Unionville
  4. Housekeeping janitor, St. Mary Convalescent Home, West Hartford
  5. Mansion swimming pool painter (Hudson River valley, NY)
  6. Wire puller, Tel-Rad Communications Systems
  7. Proem writer and film critic, All About, Hartford
  8. Art critic, Hartford Advocate
  9. Hospital orderly for handicapped children & young adults @ New Britain Memorial Hospital & for adults at Florida’s Ft. Myers Convalescent & Ft. Myers General Hospital (post-surgery)
  10. Housepainter, Webster/Zygmunt Painters, New Britain
  11. Apple tree pruner & cider maker, Orkil Farms, W Simsbury
  12. Chemical salvage worker, Oakland, CA
  13. Substitute teacher, Hartford Adult Learning Center
  14. Assistant editor/ photog/ AV manager, Greater Hartford CofC
  15. Editor, Carbone’s Cookbook
  16. Editor, Handbook For the Handicapped
  17. Reporter, Waterbury Republican American
  18. Associate director of communications, UofH & director of Speakers Bureau
  19. Contributing editor, CT Business Journal
  20. Marketing, Fundraising & Coordination, OPTIONS Six-College Speakers Bureau on International Security Issues (based at UofH)
  21. Freelance writer/editor, Cambridge College (alumni booklets, newsletters)
  22. Freelance writer/editor, Pacific Oaks College (alumni booklet)
  23. Freelance writer/editor, Central Ct State University PLUS program
  24.  Freelance editor, Book Marketing Works  (Marlys Hanson was a client)
  25. Communications specialist, Kaman Aerospace Corporation
  26. Marketing proposal writer, Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects
  27. Contributor, (Kaman Aerospace article) CT Tech Tribune
  28. VP/writer, Pollinet &, producing alumni profiles for Northwestern CT Community College
  29. Maintenance/resto of inherited 1929 Packard 640 Roadster
  30. Academic Advisor, Linda Christas,
  31. Assistant editor, The Voice newspaper, Winsted
  32. Tutor, Apados Education (in-home, inner cities)
  33. Director and painting crew supervisor, St Ann Cares (restoring homeless shelters etc.)
  34.  Creator and manager of one-day, team renovation of Countryside Park, Avon (lower pond is Hutchins Pond)
  35. Secretary, Director of Valley Collector Car Club (profits to local charities)
  36. Family estate sale manager ( resulted in Berkshire Crossing, Avon)
  37. Emanations Press editor and publisher
  38. Director and Education Consultant, New England Auto Museum
  39. Adjunct professor of writing & rhetoric (first-year), UofH
  40. Adjunct professor of college research and writing, Charter Oak State College, IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar. 10 years, (retired Dec 2020)

EMANATIONS PRESS                                                              

Owner, Editor  Jan 2009 – Present

Edited, designed, published first book of poetry for Prof Shalom Saada Saar, MIT, 2009, and set up Amazon account.  Produced exploratory edit for his book Leading With Conviction. Wrote successful, four-color alumni profiles marketing booklets for Cambridge College, MA, and Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena.  Co-taught successful business writing and communications class to Qualidigm, Rocky Hill, CT.


Adjunct Professor of Writing & Research    Sept 2010 – Dec 2020

Piloted with a few other instructors the new, required, online IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar on writing/rhetoric and academic research, using MLA and APA guidelines and Turnitin.

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD                                                               

Adjunct Professor of Writing & Rhetoric  Sept 2006–June 2009

Taught rhetoric, writing and academic research courses to first-year students, using customized syllabus, MLA guidelines, and state-of-the-art Blackboard technology; creating a “flipped classroom” ahead of its time… This was  two-semesters, RPW 110 and RPW 111. Topic areas included education reform, consumerism, global warming.


The UofH Speakers Bureau was recognized for excellence by the Network for Talented and Gifted students, the Connecticut State Department of Higher Education and the Advertising Club of Greater Hartford. Charter Oak State College has been recognized as the top college in America serving adult learners.

Honorable Mention, L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest, with penned comment by Algis Budrys. 1985 Silver Medal and Editor’s Choice Award from for “To a Child Born Prematurely”

New 1974 Yamaha 650 customized by myself and ridden cross-country from Hartford area to Oakland, CA. Worked in chemical salvage in Oakland, then quit, sold bike and hitchhiked to Mexico, living for a month in Zipolite in a small hut a short distance up the hill from the beach.

Explore ways of knowing and the meaning of education today.