Spring Commencement was this morning at UNC Charlotte. For me it is a particularly special milestone marking the end of the 2012-2013 academic year the completion of my 34th year of university service. I began my first teaching post beginning in Fall 1979 at Notre Dame (1979-1985), then the College of William and Mary (1985-1989), and now for 24 years at UNC Charlotte. Since I had a year of research leave back in 1994-95, and did not teach classes that year, this means that today ends my 33rd year of university teaching (and 9th year as Chair of our Department!). I guess over those 33 years I have had at least 5000 students take in my classes. I still hear from many of them and it has been an exciting adventure exploring “Christian Origins” together, with I hope, much more to come!
Here is a drawing taken from my Notre Dame faculty photograph in 1979 next to a iPhone photo taken this week–you can click on either to enlarge.
As Bob Dylan put it in Back Pages, “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now…”