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Job-title: Associate Professor of English
Give us your job description in 25 words or less. I am a professor. I teach different genres of writing to college students. I also help plan curriculum and work on committees. My job is very enjoyable because it involves me in working with people and ideas.
Describe a typical workday. I start with an office hour answering emails, finalizing lesson plans, and meeting with students. I teach my classes. I have lunch, and then I teach one more class. Then I may have a meeting to attend.
What led you to realize that you wanted to do this type of work? My senior year of high school, I realized that I enjoyed writing, thinking, and working with people.
Did you have any heroes or mentors in your industry that you admired? Yes, I had two writing teachers who were both published writers, Walter Lockwood and Jack Ridl. Both were also very good teachers.
What type of education or training was required to land your job? I needed to major in my field, English. Then I had to earn a Master of Arts degree, and then a Ph.D.
What do you love most about your job? I love working with students, my colleagues, and working with ideas.
What one part of your job do you wish you could hire someone else to do? Committee work.
What advice would you give to teenagers wanting to get into your field of work? Study hard, think, and read everything you can get your hands on. Stay curious, and listen closely to what people are saying.
How does your job allow you to use your God-given gifts? I work at a Christian college, so I talk with students about faith and writing all the time.
Do you have any hobbies or off-hours pursuits that teenagers would find of interest? I play guitar. I used to write songs and play in a band.