By: Matthias Baudinet
As a Sociology/Anthropology minor, I have taken many classes with Professor Mark Dailey. In my experience here at Green Mountain College, the courses that I have had with Mark are some of the most memorable ones–he makes his classes interesting, engaging, and truly captivating. While Mark is a dedicated GMC professor who spends most of his time making sure that his classes will be a positive experience for students, he also has many hobbies and does pursue passions outside the academic realm at GMC.
Firstly, Mark has genuine interest in goats. At his home, he takes care of three milking goats. He spends a lot of his free time feeding them and ensuring that they will be able to produce good milk to make cheese during the May through October period. According to Mark, his goats allow him to escape the academic and intellectual world that he lives/works in and grounds him to other things that matter (to him at least).
Since Mark was a kid, he also has had a passion in Chinese poetry. He admits that he is not that good at writing poetry, but he has acquainted him self with master Chinese poets that not a lot of Westerners have even heard of. He has however developed his skill in writing Haikus, and has gotten some of them published. Because of his passion in Chinese poetry he even introduced and helped implement an Honors Chinese Nature Poetry ELA course.
Mark also has strong interests in yoga and of course (being an anthropologist) human culture. He is currently in the process of developing a book on how human breathing makes us human. He states that the fine manipulation of our breath, because of our language, our ways of inhaling and exhaling (which are unique to us compared to other mammals) can be linked to yoga, and culture in general. In his upcoming book, he wants to research how this unique and fine manipulation of breathing that humans have can lead to reaching other levels of consciousness (yoga).
Finally, Mark works to balance his work life and his family life. He and his wife, Professor at GMC Eleanor Tison, have 5 children. Mark spends a lot of his free time doing whatever he can for his daughters. Currently, his twin girls are deciding on which college to attend in the fall. He claims that helping and supporting his daughters picking the right college for them requires a lot of energy. But, being an academic professor, he knows the importance of picking the best college suited for ones self.