… teacher, a university teacher. I joined teaching as a school teacher in 1993 and have been in this profession without thinking for a second to go elsewhere.
I joined Kathmandu University (KU) in August 2000 immediately after receiving an MA from Tribhuvan University.
I am an Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator at the Humanities and Management Unit (HMU), School of Engineering. I am also Academic Coordinator of the Bachelor of Business Information (BBIS) program of KU School of Management, which is being run by HMU at KU central campus. Earlier, I served a two-year tenure as an Assistant Director of the University’s Student Welfare office.
I am an M Phil in English from Pokhara University. I have recently submitted my doctoral thesis to KU School of Arts, and wait for a final defense expected to happen anytime soon. The title of my research is “April Movement and Editorial Representation: A Rhetorical Reading of The Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times,” where I have analyzed the editorial coverage of the important events before, during and following the historic mass uprising of April 2006.
I worked for initiation and promotion of the Bachelor in Media Studies program in KU (See one of my posts in this blog). My work for Media Studies more or less shaped my research orientation. In my M Phil I did courses like Discourse and Writing, Modernity and Globalization, and Media Studies, which covered 9 from the total 33 credits I earned. More significantly, I did my 3-credit Independent Study on the Sustainability of Newspapers in Kavre District jointly with two of my classmates, and a 9-credit Thesis entitled Diasporic Nepalese Identity in the Cyberspace.
I took part in the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) on Journalism and Media in University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, from June 30 to August 10, 2008. This gave me a hands-on exposure to the new practices in contemporary journalism and media/communication studies. During the SUSI programme, I got opportunities to visit some of America’s media centres like Miami, Tampa, Orlando, New York and Washington D.C.
I taught Media Studies till 2013 alongside English and Communication Skills. I prepared syllabi, initiated research activities, managed departmental correspondences, and shared other every day responsibilities. I also co-edited Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal, an annual publication of the Department of Languages and Mass Communication (DoLMC).
In August 2013 the Media Studies program was shifted to the University’s new venue in Hatiban, Lalitpur. DoLMC, which ran the Media Studies program, got relocated in the new venue. I and a couple of other faculties stayed in the Main Campus with HMU, which was established to look after courses and activities related to communication, management, economics and entrepreneurship.
My current personal activities include creative writing, research publications, professional writing and editing, freelancing for newspapers, multimedia blogging, social networking and collection of old Nepali songs. Officially, I am exploring avenues to consolidate the academic and professional scopes of HMU and the BBIS program.
I am an Executive Member of the Society of Nepali Writers in English. I have to my credit a co-authored anthology of poetry, a translated book of poems, a number of research articles on literary studies, rhetoric and communication, and a number of short poems, essays and opinion pieces.
I live in Dhulikhel with my wife Apsara and sons, Anurag and Hridaya.
I can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .