Michael Strickland is a professor in both the Department of English and the Department of Environmental Studies at Elon University, where he teaches courses on adverse list of topics from travel writing, science writing, media studies, and Beat Generation literature, to organic gardening and the relationship between humans and the natural world. He is the founding Director of the Elon University Community Garden, and former Director of Writing across the Curriculum at Elon. He has written or co-authored papers on topics that range from writing across the curriculum (WAC), experiential project- based education, and rhetorical analysis of scientific discourse, to semiotics and popular culture. He did his undergraduate and graduate study at Clemson and University of Georgia, and he has taught classes and workshops at large universities and small liberal arts colleges from Maine to Florida. He and his wife Tangye, both originally from coastal SC, came to Randolph County 23 years ago, where she teaches kindergarten at Farmer School. They have 2 sons.