Name: Dr. Jonathan Edward Burher (pronounced ‘bjurr’) Nicknames: Nathan, Jon, Eddie-boy Age/DoB: 35 / April 21, 1977 Sexuality: Heteroflexible Major: BA in History and BS in Secondary Education-Social Studies from University of Michigan, M.A in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Cornell University, Ph.D in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Pearson University *Minor: European History Status: Alpha – Professor, tenured Education Level: Has earned his Ph.D Owns or Owned by: Privately owns Tybalt Ainsley-Tennyson Extra Activities: Sponsors Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Physical Description: Jonathan stands at an average height, 5’7 and weighs in at 141 pounds solid muscle. Quite normal, but that’s where the “average” stops. Shaggy brown hair riddled with blonde highlights from so much time outdoors drives him crazy because no matter what he does, it’s not very well trained. He keeps it just long enough to be annoying when it drapes into bright blue eyes, but that’s fine because it’s normally brushed back anyways. A long nose, thin mouth and stubborn chin that’s usually scruffy rounds out the facial package.
This man looks damned good and he knows it. Whether he’s dressed in a tux for a flashy dinner or yesterday’s grunge t-shirt and ripped jeans, Jonathan dresses to suit himself, not anyone else. As such, his clothes are always comfortable, well-made and stylish. He has a preference for vintage style clothing, usually wearing something old or classic with his outfit. Maybe he has a pocket watch with his suit or that leather bomber jacket is the real deal.
Personality: Jonathan is a very friendly sort of fellow. Comes off as just a bit touched some days, but that could be because he loves his subject so much. He’s always been enamored with history and really gets into his lectures. He’d much rather turn his classes into a student-led discussion than a lecture and that’s what he does a fair majority of the time. As a teacher, he’s stern, demanding, but fair. He doesn’t care what year you are, your status or how much you think you deserve the credit. If you work hard for him, he’ll work hard for you. Respect is earned in his book, and he believes it goes both ways.
Outside of the classroom that is his playground, he doesn’t change very much at all. Friendly, outgoing, demanding of his students and of himself. Jonathan is who he is, and he’s very happy with that. The only time he really changes is when it comes to the bedroom. If a person is lucky enough to get intimate with Jonathan, they’re in for some fun times indeed. His tastes run towards the more extreme, but then, who doesn’t like to tussle a bit before bed? Of course with him, if blood is drawn, that’s when things really get started. He’s just as demanding as a Dom as he as to his students, but everything that is given to him is returned in care and respect.
History: Born April 21, 1977 to Julia and Michael Burher, Jonathan was a blessing. His parents had been told they would never be able to have children due to a car accident two years prior. But against all odds, they conceived and manage to not only have him, but two more children later. Still, Jonathan was their miracle baby, the one that started it all and so he received special attention for it. Spoiled rotten, but never so much as to make him spoiled Jonathan was given a lot of leeway growing up. He knew from a young age that he wasn’t supposed to be around and so he wanted to take advantage of everything life had to offer.
All through school he was trying different things. Sports. The arts. But it wasn’t until he managed to start making connections between his history classes and his language classes in middle school that he felt he finally found his niche. It was all just so fascinating. The lifestyles of the people in those times. The stories he found. How they lived. Brilliant! In high school he learned about Renaissance Faires and started a school group to host their own at the end of the school year. He’d made quite a few friends and wasn’t the only history buff. It was hard work pulling it all together, but Jonathan had found his passion.
He graduated with top honors and went straight into college in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Never one to back down from a challenge, but always a practical thinker, Jonathan knew there were very few jobs for a true history major so he went for two degrees simultaneously. Rough work, but worth it for him in the end. It took some fancy maneuvering of his schedule, summer and winter classes, but he managed to graduate in four years with a BA in History and BS in Secondary Education-Social Studies. At this point, he knew graduate school was the place to go, but he needed to earn more money. Jonathan took a break for two years, teaching history at the high school level before he felt secure enough to go back to school. Now the goal was to be a college professor. Top of the line where he could really delve into his material.
Jonathan left his job to move closer to Cornell University, focusing intensely on his studies and graduating in three years with his Masters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The program was good enough for a Masters, but after talking to all the professors there, he’d learned that the best place for a Doctorate was Pearson University. An Ivy League school and top of the line history program. The situation was interesting, but Jonathan managed to pay his way through on his own, having a superiore status on campus. He lived off campus though and didn’t really interact with people. Jonathan worked as an adjunct professor at the local community college while working on his thesis and degree. It took eight years before he was finally done, but he had that degree. So proud of himself.
Now he could do what he wanted. Work where he wanted. Falls Church University was the place where he felt the most at home, so he applied. Just in time for one of the professors to retire. Metaphorically rubbing his hands together, Jonathan got ready for the new school year and the Faire year. It was just as much fun as he’d expected. He is now tenured and working on his third year at the school, happy to have achieved the Alpha status.
Third Person Writing Sample: Also play Sean O’Connor
*Random Facts: ~Loves to go to Renaissance Faires and get into character. Yes, costume and all. Gives extra credit to students who go, come back and give an oral report of the historical accuracies and experiences. ~Doesn’t mind taking advantage of the FCU system, but allows schoolwork to come first. ~Coffee fanatic but hates soda. ~Has Celiac’s, so eats a gluten free diet. Most of his meals are homemade. ~Speaks fluent French, Spanish and Italian
*Story Hooks: ~Ex-lover(s) ~Friends ~Younger siblings ~Anyone who may have known him as a doctoral student from the past eight years. ~Co-workers from the local college, or the high school in Michigan.