Hugh Culik has published about the connection between literature and mathematics; he finds that it helps him think about how to teach writing,  design curricula, and escape faulty assessment models. His work on Samuel Beckett and  mathematics enables him to understand digital technologies as variant forms of texts, and thus subject to semiotic and phenomenological analysis.  He began his teaching career at the high school level but after the publication of a mildly successful novel found himself teaching literature, composition, and digital studies at the University of Detroit Mercy where he eventually became Chair of English, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and a founder and editor of the national journal Post Identity. Working with the Grosse Pointe Public Schools, he re-invented the pedagogy and curriculum of the university’s digital studies program for high school’s newly created Community School.  Later, at the Bonifas Arts Center in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he organized exhibits, raised funds, and worked to integrate the arts into education. He returned to teaching at Ferris State University where he also organized fund raising for the Jim Crow Museum. He enjoys the teaching task because of its insoluble conflict between transmitting established knowledge and critically examining its legitimacy.  He currently teaches at Macomb Community College alongside his friend and mentor, Chris Gilliard.