John Burridge

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Web Communications Technician
Clark Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 541-346-3914
Office: Remote; coworking office space in Chapman Hall
Research Interests: end-user support and training, documentation, webpage design, desktop security
Office Hours: Virtual Hours: 8AM - Noon, 1PM - 3PM


John Burridge began work at the UO in May 1999 as a Computer Support and Web Technician for faculty and staff in the Department of English and the Department of Political Science.  He took time away from 2005 to 2011 to be a stay-at-home parent.   He worked for the Department of Psychology as a IT Technician before returning to his old position with the English Department in 2014.   In July 2020 he transfered to the CAS Dean's Office to provide IT and web support.  In October 2021, John took on web support for the Clark Honors College.

John holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Reed College.  His interests include writing science fiction and fantasy, math art, Middle Kingdom Egyptian heiroglyphics, astronomy, raptors, music, and photography.  


John Burridge's short story, "Doors of the Past" (July 2021) may be found at "Abyss & Apex Magazine."  A Summoner's Tale," (October, 2019) may be found on the "On The Premises" #34 website.   His personal essay, "Paper Clip," (November, 2018) may be found on the ShadowSpinner's web site.  His short story "Dust to Smart Dust," (April, 2017) may be found on the "On The Premises" #29  web site.  His short story, "Before the Last Bloom Falls," was the June 2014 recipient of the Penn Cove Literary Award.  His short stories, "The Gear Master's Wife," and "Reset Romance" may be found on the "On The Premises," web site ( in the March 2013, and November 2012 issues, respectively.  His micro-fiction, "The Book Deal," may be found in the Delving Press anthology, "Twisted Tales in 66 Words."  His short story "Up" won the Whidbey Student Choice Award for December, 2008.  His short story "Mask Glass Magic" may be found in the anthology "Writers of the Future, vol 23."  He misses Thaumatrope, a Twitter Fiction venue to which he contributed.



Corvallis, Oregon.

Song on Repeat

There's so many, and they're usually playing in my head! From Hildegard von Bingen, to ABBA, to Child Ballads, to Madonna, to Henry Purcell, to Annie Lennox, to Bach, to Club Root, to Gilbert and Sullivan, to Beats Antique, to Mozart, to Starry Olsa, Lerner and Loewe, to Helium Vola.

Why IT and Tech Support ?

My father taught high school physics, chemistry, and some biology; my mother was a county extension agent (think help desk for homemakers)—so teaching, training, and guiding is a part of my make-up. I enjoy enabling folks to be able to use computing tools to do what they are interested in. As a college computer help desk intern, I discovered that I had an ability to bridge between student and faculty end users and computer systems administrators, which enabled me to translate between the two groups.

Advice For Students

Ask yourself questions every day; questions like, "What is the myth (in the traditional story sense) that I am living?", "How does this work?", and "What boundaries am I living within right now and do I want to cross any of them?"

Guilty Pleasure

Asking people what they mean by the phrase "guilty pleasure": forbidden activities? addiction? indulgences? privileged consumption?

What's been inspiring you lately?

The speakers at Stonewall Day, June 2023, especially the trans activists, who reminded me that being out, alive, and visible is a political act of defiance against a boatload of institutionalized -isms.