Hi, my name’s Tim Gorichanazgor-SHON-iz. 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 wake us up to wonder and creativity.
I’m an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, where I teach and conduct research. I love it at Drexel, but 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 practice classical guitar. Check out some of my most recent activities below.
Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).
Reading: I recently read Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, a novel by Olga Tokarczuk, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year. If you're interested in a quirky and poetic murder mystery, I highly recommend it.
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 self-portraits, as well as how self-portraits function as documents and how selfhood is technologically constructed. My current research is looking at how art-based technologies can help teach morality and inspire self-reflection.
Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I generally run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. 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, which I practice here and there.