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County Community College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the academic part of his role, John joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, and then became a member of the College of Education faculty at the University of Georgia in 1990. John conducted many research projects in the area of contextual learning and teaching. He was instrumental in obtaining a U.S. Office of Educa tion grant to explore contextual learning and teaching as a foundation for teacher education in collaboration with five other major U.S. research universities. John supervised more than 25 successful doctoral dissertations and countless master’s and specialist program completers. His graduates continue to make contributions around the world. In 2012 John became emeritus, but continues to teach graduate classes part-time and collaborates with Barbara in teaching a variety of Profes sional Reasoning and Teaching workshops and providing academic consultation. COMBINING FORCES When we first met (in our early 30s), we used to humorously tell people that be tween us we covered health, education, and welfare (after the now defunct U.S. federal agency of the same name). For the first 15 years of our marriage, we both pursued relatively separate career paths, although there was always plenty to talk about between educational and rehabilitation management. However, as Barbara moved from practice management into academics, it became obvious that we were grappling with many of the same concepts and reading some of the same pro fessional literature. Now, for almost three decades, we have enjoyed collaborative projects and consultations. MORE THAN WORK Now after more than 40 years, we still work together. Mostly, we enjoy time with our family of two grown children and their families, including our six grown grandchil dren and our new great grandson. We also share a love of art (watercolors for Barb, photography for John), music, nature, and golf. We share our lives with our dog, Brandy, who takes her responsibilities seriously to remind us of when it is time to leave the computer, take a walk, provide her dinner, and go for a ride.


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