December Faculty Q+A: Mr. Bloom

The Q+A- one student, one faculty member, each month. This month we sat down with Mr. Bloom, head of the Social Sciences department.

Conducted by Yasmine Novian


Common misconception about teachers:

That we don’t use foul language or have a sense of humor.

Most creative gift, given or received:

My daughter Malena is very creative.

Movie you’ve seen the most:

Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Book you’ve read most:

Just began 3rd round of the Harry Potter Series.

Fictional character you identify with:

Many say that I look like Al Bundy. I have also been compared to Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond. Emma says that I am Phil on Modern Family, but I don’t buy it.

Obsolete item you wont trash:

My wife says that it is me.

What you wanted to be at age 10:

NBA Basketball Player. I had a lot of heart and smarts, but a lack of leaping ability, quickness and limited range on my jump shot that held me back.

Student pet peeve:

Have something relevant to say in mind before you raise your hand.

Procrastination technique:

Watching sports on TV.

Favorite historical figure:

Branch Rickey was a pioneer because he led the movement to racially integrate sports.

Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere:

My wife Gitte chooses the art and claims that I don’t have the capability to appreciate it.

Movie star you always wanted to be:

I wish that I could be as pragmatic and respected as Harvey Keitel as Mr. Wolfe in Pulp Fiction

Favorite gadget:

Gadgets just frustrate me.

Topic you love but wont discuss at a party:

Nobody wants to talk about the fiscal cliff.

The last meal you had:

I do the cooking so it is better if I forget the last meal that I had.

Funniest English word(s):

My mom used the word “flummoxed” the other day and I cracked up.

Most memorable teaching experience:

13 years ago a student expressed his displeasure with another student by bending over and pulling down his pants. That was quite a welcome to the teaching profession.

Most visited website, why:

I don’t spend much time on the computer but I am consistently checking scores on

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show:

Freaks and Geeks.

Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk:

After teaching psychology, students gave me a bobo doll. Students also gave me an autographed copy of Naked Economics.

Most memorable college experience:

Making up a 28 point deficit in a basketball game against Point Loma. Great times!