Hi, my name’s Tim. I’m curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I’m a little on the weird side. In my work, I aim to inspire us all to appreciate the wonder of the world.
I’m a visiting researcher and teacher at the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, and I am currently on the market for a tenure-track position. I also write fiction and poetry and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and travel. Lately I’ve been learning classical guitar, but most recently I've been working on my dissertation more than anything. Check out some of my most recent activities below.
Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).
Reading: In 2018 I'm trying to read 100 books. I recently read Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande, and I recommend it. It's taught me that we should prepare ourselves for death, and not just for life.
Location: I’ve lived in (West) Philadelphia since September 2014. It’s very walkable and bikeable, and there are a lot of trees. Best of all, there’s a vibrant running scene, a lot of art and great food. Come visit!
Research Career: I have a PhD in information studies, and I study personal meaning, morality and understanding in people's experiences with information technology and documents. In my dissertation, I explored artists' information activities involved in creating their own self-portraits, as well as how self-portraits function as documents and how selfhood is technologically constructed. In another line of research, I am exploring the role of information technology in the hobby of ultramarathon running. My current research is looking at contemplative virtues in digital technology, and how art can help teach morality.
Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. My next race is a mountainous 125K in Quebec, the Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada. I’m also a volunteer running leader and mentor with Students Run Philly Style.
Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. I’ve penned a handful of novels and short stories—though I’ve never gotten a novel published by a third-party, several of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. I am currently working on a novel about ghosts, set in colonial and modern-day Philadelphia. One of my recent short story publications is The River God, in Alexandria Quarterly. In addition to fiction, I write essays and poetry, some of which have also been published.
Guitar: I’ve monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn’t practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I’m working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner.