1737John became a member of the departmental faculty in 1972. from 1972 until 1976 he was posted in the philippines as technical advisor to the usaid-sponsered inland fisheries project. he returne dto the auburn campus in 1976 to serve the international program with short term assignments. for years he dealt with the department's foreign student affairs, graduate admissions, under graduate student advising and writing departmental newsletters and annual reports. he served 1 year as chief of party ( 1995 ) on a usaid sponsered research and development project in indonesia. he spent 1999 to 2002 under contract with the world fish center as a senior aquaculture scientist and project leader in bangladesh. he retired from auburn university in 2002. he served as chair for the auburn university faculty senate in 1997-98.