Year Awarded: 2011
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communication
“I want to be a journalist. You know, like Nancy Grace, or Oprah.” Unfortunately, that is an all too common line in my office when I meet students who want to be—or think they want to be—electronic journalists. They have confused entertainment with a calling.
It‘s far different in reality and far more serious. Good journalism and good consumers of journalism are needed now more than ever. That‘s my driving passion in my classroom: to help our students become change makers in their fields. I strive toward this goal by setting high standards for my students, and centering my teaching philosophy and practice around three basic things:
These three tenets show up throughout my teaching: whether it‘s through constant challenging of students to provide answers on the spot in class or through repeated script review sessions, where the student and I act as equal colleagues and work on a script together. But they must make the initial effort; once they do, they can go as far as they want. My hope is that no matter what field students may choose to enter, they do so with a solid foundation that makes them leaders. That is, after all, the goal of a college experience.