David B. Schock, Ph. D., earned a B.A. from Albion College (1971), a M.A. in journalism from Central Michigan University (CMU) (1973), and a Ph.D. in creative writing and literary criticism from International College (1984). He worked as a producer for WCMU-FM in 1973, and as managing editor of the Chippewa Hills Courier (Barryton, Michigan), 1974-1976; the Buyer’s Guide (Mount Pleasant, Michigan), 1981-1983, and the Morning Sun, also of Mount Pleasant, 1981-1983. Shock also worked as a feature reporter for WLNS-TV, Channel 6, Lansing. He taught in CMU’s Journalism Department, 1984, and the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, 1985-1991. Also while at CMU, he wrote newsletters for Media Relations, now Information Services, 1983-1985, and served as editor of Centralight, 1983-1985. Also, Shock worked as executive producer and host of “Central Stage”, a weekly show featuring performances by CU music faculty, which was broadcast on CMU Public Radio. From 1977-1978 and 1982-1986, he worked as an assistant editor of the University Bookman, a scholarly quarterly edited by Dr. Russell Kirk. Schock also co-owned a recording business, Michigan Historic Video Alliance in 1990 with William H. Mulligan and Kenneth A. Martineh, and owned Pen Ultimate, Ltd., 1991-1997, by himself. Both businesses were based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. In 2010, in conjunction with Ron Primeau, professor in CMU’s English Department, Schock wrote, edited, directed, and served as producer of photography for a documentary on Herbert Woodward Martin called Jump back, honey: the poetry and performance of Herbert Woodward Martin. He plays the trumpet with a Mount Pleasant musical ensemble which has recorded music for public sale. In 2010 Schock lived in Grand Haven, Michigan, and was active in Mount Pleasant.
David B. Schock was married to Barbara Jo Stephenson (1950-1991). She was a writer and poet who taught in CMU’s Journalism Department, 1973, 1979-1983, and worked in the university’s Media Relations Office, 1976-1991. Jo died in 1991. Her papers, focused on her research of Gerald Heard, a British philosopher of conservative thought, are available at the Clarke. For additional information about Jo Stephenson and her papers, please see the finding aid for her papers.