he would return to his alma mater to teach journalism, he would not
have believed you. Yet, Lee did just that in 2011 when he arrived back in
the Enchanted Mountains with his wife, Anne (Wojtaszek), '76, to be-
come assistant professor of journal-
careers involving politics, public relations
and rock and roll. This fall marked Lee's
first as director of the Integrated Market-
ing Communications (IMC) graduate
for The News Tribune in New Jersey
and rock music critic for Aquarian
Weekly. His work in government and
public policy include public information officer at the Mayor's Office
in Woodbridge, N.J., and deputy communications director at the Office of
the Governor in New Jersey. He also served as communications director for
the Hall Institute of Public Policy in New Jersey as one of its founding mem-
faculty that he knew back at Bonaventure was where he belonged.
research his career to date and ask specific questions about his previous posi-
former students has been a fellow in the pro-
the country for teaching jobs. Suddenly, he de-
cided to contact all of the schools he hadn't
heard back from. One of those schools was St.
Bonaventure. Wilkins received an email from de-
partment chair Dr. Mary Hamilton, who believed
Wilkins wanted to teach graduate level environ-
mental journalism courses, which St. Bonaventure
did not offer.
My cover letter said that I wanted to teach re-
quired skill courses or else I didn't want the job.'
On the other side of the phone, I heard the dean
rustling papers and she said to me, `Here it is on
the second paragraph of the second page. You
buried the lede.'"
He has taught classes including Writing and Re-
porting, Feature Writing, Opinion Writing and
Building a Brand as a Blogger. He believes in a
solid foundation when teaching his student jour-
comes at a very heavy price," he said.
you be more specific?"
one speaks vaguely, I'm trying to teach (students)
that it's a reporting tool so if I keep reminding
them `that's vague, can you be more specific?'
over time it registers."
can match certain passions with careers, much
like Wilkins did with environmental studies and
interests because frankly that's what lies ahead of
them," Wilkins said.
orado is surpassed only by the deep connections
he maintains with many former students.
here long enough that I'm helping them find sec-
ond jobs and third jobs. That is an absolute perk
of this job," he said.