John earned a baccalaureate degree in social studies education (K-12) from University of Iowa and taught in middle school and high school before earning his MOT from Western Michigan University. He is currently in a doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of St. Thomas.
John has been teaching at St. Catherine University since 1985 and has taught both weekend and day courses. John has continued his clinical practice since starting his academic career at St. Kate's, working in geriatric, psycho-geriatric, cardiac rehabiltation, and acute rehabilitation settings. He has also participated in community clinical settings over the years with St. Catherine University students in Level II Fieldwork settings. The variety and challenge of these settings have been particularly rewarding and a good source of material for the classes he teaches.
Primary areas of professional interest include occupational science, oral history and occupations, human subjects' protection and institutional review boards, and geriatric occupational therapy. John has participated in occupational therapy activities at the national and state level and has been active in University committees, especially with the Institutional Review Board.