David E. Shaffer has lived and worked in Korea for many years. He is a professor of the English Language Department at Chosun University in Gwangju, South Korea, where he has taught since 1976. Before relocating to Korea in the early 1970s, Dr. Shaffer lived in Pennsylvania, in the northeastern United States. He graudated from Pennsylvania State University and completed his graduate studies in English linguistics at Chosun University. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Shaffer has been active as a columnist for a number of Korean periodicals with nationwide readership. He has written on the English and Korean languages, as well as traditional and modern Korean culture. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Modern Korean Literature Translation award in poetry. Dr. Shaffer is an active member of numerous academic associations in Korea, sitting on the executive boards of Asia TEFL, Korea TESOL (Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), and GETA (Global English Teachers Association).