Professor Samson earned his PhD and MA in Shakespeare at the University of North Carolina, and his BA at Cornell University. His teaching interests include technical writing and editing, Shakespeare, and surveys of British and American Literature. His publications include Editing Technical Writing (Oxford, 1993) and Professional Writing in Context: Lessons from Teaching and Consulting in Worlds of Work (Erlbaum, 1995, co-authored). Of his teaching, Dr. Samson said, "I like teaching professional writing because it helps students prepare for the writing they'll do in their careers. I enjoy teaching literature--and encourage students to study literature--because then they'll know what good writing is." Before coming to Radford, he was a technical writer/editor for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has recently worked as a technical editor for AT&T and as an instructional designer for software development companies in Florida. Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Samson enjoys travel and fishing. Professor Samson also co-coaches the Radford men's rugby team, the 2003 and 2008 Division II national champions.