Timothy Knautz, M.S.
My typical day in the classroom is about four hours of teaching and office hours, but then I do a lot related to the SEG Center. I really like to hang around with the computer science students. Right now my life’s a little bit more hectic though because I am the chair of the search committee for the small business development center, but my primary responsibility is teaching.
Right out of school I was a software engineer at GE for 15 years, which I enjoyed immensely and traveled a lot. However, when I had my boys I decided it would be a good idea, mostly related to wanting to spend time with my family, to start looking into a new career. Parkside actually called me and offered me a job after I put the bug in someone’s ear that I was interested.
In the next five years I’d really like to get a handle on the SEG Center and help students understand the role of the SEG Center, like interfacing with other departments. I also would like to look into getting my classes more Internet accessible by bringing technology into the classroom and adding more content online. This is a nice way to make sure my information is always relevant since technology is always changing. Connecting with my students is different for everyone, so I like to figure out what works best for an individual and meet them at where they are.
I’m truly geeky, I like researching technology because I find it very interesting. Outside of technology though I enjoy going to my cabin with my family and doing outdoor activities completely void of technology, which is funny since I like it so much. I also like to think I’m a good cook with my main focus being healthy cooking. I regularly fly fish too as well as am active in my church by being the president of our Oasis Youth Center which helps underprivileged kids of Kenosha. I am also a Packer fan, funny story is I had a Super bowl party and during the game all discussions had to be had while during the commercials everyone had to be silent since the Packers weren’t playing in the Super bowl, one could say I had more of a commercial party. I do hope that someday I can travel to Nepal as well as stand at the foot of Mt. Everest with no intention of climbing. I wouldn’t mind traveling to Greenland either.