Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
Life beyond Reed
Neil is a professor in management at Portland State University’s business school, where he has been teaching, conducting research, and doing a bit too much administration for some 12 years. His biggest and most important job, however, is being father to two sons, respectively 15 and 11 years of age.
In his day job, Neil’s scholarly interests focus on the management of technological innovations in organizations. He also is developing a line of inquiry into the role played by ideology and institutionalization in management practice. As a MALS student, Neil is pleased to be not nearly so focused—which was one of his reasons for enrolling in the MALS program. Nevertheless, he has found himself drawn especially to courses in history and literature.
“For perhaps obvious reasons, rather narrow, instrumental thinking tends to dominate pretty much everything in my professional world. However, I believe this also characterizes our modern culture more broadly. And that’s a serious problem. In Reed College’s MALS program I have had the opportunity to re-envision scholarship as a practice that engages in a broad range of values and a refreshing diversity of questions. Thanks to conversations in conference classes with truly insightful classmates and incredibly gifted teachers, I’m enjoying what is nothing short of a personal intellectual renaissance.”