What is your title/position at Johnson University?
Assistant Professor of History
How long have you worked at Johnson University?
Seven years, five as an adjunct.
If you could spend 15 minutes with anyone living, who would you meet and why?
This is an awful question to ask a historian! We much prefer our subjects to be dead- they cannot get mad if they do not like what you write or say about them. But, I suppose I would have to say the previous Pope, Benedict XVI. His decision to resign, while still very much alive, is unprecedented, and if he would be honest I think it would be fascinating to delve into his reason for that decision.
What are your hobbies?
Right now it would appear to be preparing for lectures, taking my children to school and other events, and occasionally grading something.
What is one interesting fact about yourself?
I may be the only person in United States history to be sued by General Mills because I sprayed myself in the face with mace.
What is your favorite quote/scripture?
"Of making many books there is no end and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
If you see Professor Mead around be sure to stop and say hello and if you have some free time on your hands, ask for the mace story. It's a good one.
This concludes the Johnson Spotlight segment. It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know some of the faculty and staff of JUTN and I'm grateful for all they do so we, as students, can have a top-notch education and experience. Thanks for following along each week!
story and photo submitted by Gretchen Robards ('14)