Casey Blanton, 2012
- Senior Professor of English and Humanities
- DSC employee since 1983 (with a 6-year gap to finish dissertation, have a son and write a book).
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.A. in English, Southern Methodist University; Ph.D. in English, University of South Florida.
Career/Professional honors: Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award 2002; Faculty Senate Research and Professional Development Award 2012.
What projects are you working on right now? Journal of Florida Studies, Issue #2, and a chapter on the travel writer Ryszard Kapuscinski for the book Travel, Discovery and Transformation, to be published by Rutgers University.
I teach because I’ve been team-teaching in QUANTA for the 25 or so years I’ve been at DSC, and for me that has its special attractions: collegiality, collaboration, consternation, hard work, and many, many laughs. For our students, team-teaching is a perfect model for how to create community and learn across boundaries.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? Teaching at DSC was my first job after graduate school.
Outside interests: long distance trekking; yoga; editing/writing
Most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience: Getting to know my students is always very rewarding, but for me the best long-term experience has been the success of the QUANTA program.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I’m shy.
Last book read:Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Curiosity
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would include a table full of storytellers: Stetson Kennedy, Susan Sontag, Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Richards.