How I became a Professor: “I was just going to grad school…I didn’t know that it was going to lead into a career in higher Ed at the time.”
Before Marietta: “I taught at Warren Correctional Facility, it’s a prison…that was like my first teaching job that was not based at the school I was going to. That was really kinda weird because it was my first full-time job. You know, I’m kind of nervous in front of people, I mean I’ve gotten used to it over time, but at first it was kind of nerve-wracking because you’re walking in, through the gates, you’re getting patted down, and then there’s this whole stretch in the yard that you go from the front gate to where your classes are and you’re walking by yourself. Like, and people are out there, and it’s kind of strange. It was one night a week for twelve weeks, and it made you feel very very grateful to walk out at the end of the day. But, those were also very crazy hard-working students. If you gave them something to read, the read it like ten times by the time I came back next week. And they wanted to talk about it, because they don’t have much else to do. Gosh; very active conversations.”
What I like best about this campus: “It’s a beautiful campus…I really love the students here. I mean, you guys are awesome, and my colleagues are, I’d have to say, just great to be able to work with. That doesn’t happen at a lot of places…I’ll go to conferences and hear people talking about their crazy departments that they’re in, and these odd-ball people that don’t sound fun to be around at all. I can’t complain at all, I mean, I have good people to work with. Very supportive department. We really do care about each other, which is kind of nice.”
My area(s) of concentration: Rhetoric and Composition
I feel my strengths as a professor are: “I work really really hard. I care about what I do; I care about my students. You would think everybody should, but not everybody does; to me that’s like the biggest thing. I actually care about what happens. And I try to be here; not to be one of those people who hide all the time and you can never find them in their office.”
I struggle with: “Students’ lack of interest in the material. I just try not to take it personally. I look at it as a challenge to try to make it interesting but, you know, when students come to class, and they haven’t read – and they’re not even like, pretending like they read and didn’t read, but they just smirk and just say they didn’t read – it’s frustrating…People are not as invested in their education; well not everybody…but they’re happy when you cancel class…that was the hardest part, I think, about trying to get used to what I do.”
I revise my classes: “Every semester.”
What I want to gain from teaching:“To stay sane and healthy and enjoy what I do.”
What I want my students to walk away with:“I want my students to kind of, think about what they do, think about what they write. I mean, really, that’s my big goal: look at what you put down on the paper, revise it and make it better, learn how to revise. To me, that’s where a lot of writing improves…That’s my big thing with students. Don’t wait until the night before, and some do and you get a passing grade, but you’re not improving.”
Why you should consider this English Department:“I think it’s because we have really bright, smart, friendly faculty…and I think the community of students you all form is very welcoming to new people that come in and you know, go through the major...There’s a lot of experience in this department…there are some departments where there’s turnover, and you get new faculty every couple years…I mean, we could have the same six, seven people in this department for the next ten years.”
I have published:
“Kayak: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Kayak Technique.” Pages: 18-19
“The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons.” Pages: 46-47.
The Writing Lab:
“Using digital video for tutor reflection and tutor training.” Pages: 8-10.
If I could teach any class, it would be on:“Something like Outdoor Literature…I don’t know. We have pretty good flexibility here to put classes together….You can do experimental courses here pretty easily.”