David Vinson, PUPN staff writer, has a PhD in English with specializations in transatlantic literature and cultural studies. He is a committed scholar, teacher, husband, and dad. If you ever meet David, avoid the subject of soccer. His fandom borders on the truly obnoxious.

Choosing the Right Path with Outdoor Recreation

A path is a way of making sense of the world. One can cross a landscape in infinite ways—but, of course, some paths are better than...  More

Expressing an Institution’s Core Values with Exterior Design

About ten years ago, I was exploring the Altstadt (“old town”) of Munich. I spent the afternoon between the Augustiner-Bräu and the...  More

The Rise of Distance Learning and the Online PhD: Is There Cause for Concern?

At present, there exists two correlating trends within higher education, each of which offer a glimpse into its future: The first is that...  More

Aquatics-Based Fun and Fitness at Rollins College & Duke University

Fox Day at Rollins College (Winter Park, Florida) is an annual tradition dating back to 1956. For a single day each spring, on a day deemed...  More

Versatile Fitness

My older brother warned me about the “Freshman 15,” and I should have listened. But I was young and eager to be on my own, and I lacked...  More

Optimizing Pool Water Treatment

During the Olympic Summer Games, I gleefully watch any event of any sport—archery, table tennis, modern pentathlon, judo, basketball,...  More

Keeping Higher Ed Communities Healthy with Contact Tracing

As we continue to adjust to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, one thing is for certain—there will be no immediate...  More

Touchless Technologies

During pre-production of the 2002 neo-noir film Minority Report, director Steven Spielberg invited fifteen experts to think about...  More

A Generosity of Community: Learning with Colorado College’s Dr. Jared Richman

I am delighted to celebrate the contributions made to higher education by Dr. Jared Richman, Associate Professor of English at Colorado...  More

Using Communication Technologies to Create Diverse, Inclusive, and Engaging Learning 

Audiences have always been divided on Godot's meaning. In 1957, for instance, the play was staged for a single night at San Quentin State...  More