I Am West Georgia
Years at UWG: 10 years in April.
My job title: Lecturer in the Department of English and Philosophy.
What I really do: Spend each semester picking literature apart, teaching students how to write about it, and then grading papers for hours and hours and hours . . .
Family: Husband, Blake; two dogs: a gigantic cattle dog-lab mix named Max and a Boston Terrier-American bulldog mix named Boomer; a diva of a cat named Sasha.
People describe me as: Good at reading people. And also short.
My favorite things to do: Cooking and trying new recipes with my husband; reading and writing; just hanging out with the husband and dogs.
My proudest accomplishment: That I’ve worked hard and made choices that have enable me to cultivate and live the life I’ve always wanted (which is, obviously, an ongoing process).
My passion: Teaching, analyzing texts and cooking.
My pet peeve: People with a sense of entitlement (blatantly disrespectful behavior would be a close second).
Before UWG, I: Worked at Tanner Medical Center.
I joined UWG because: As a student, I came to appreciate the kindness of both the faculty and staff. The thought of working in such a friendly, positive environment definitely appealed to me.
I stay because: I love the students, and it’s truly an honor to work alongside my colleagues.
One thing I would change about UWG: Definitely smaller class sizes for ENGL 1101 and 1102 classes, when one-on-one assistance is absolutely crucial.
The best advice I ever received: My former mentor and advisor, Dr. Robert Reynolds, once told me, “Brilliance often ends up flipping burgers, but perseverance will take you anywhere you want to go.”
The best advice I’d give to new faculty and staff: See above.
When I was a child, I wanted to be: Ironically enough, a teacher. And married to George Michael, but I’m rather relieved that second part never worked out.
Most people don't know that: There are more chickens than people in the world. (This information comes to you courtesy of the first Google search result for “obscure facts.”)
My favorite quotation: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life that you have always imagined.” Henry David Thoreau.
The book I think everyone should read: Oh, wow…it would depend on the person. In terms of the book that had the most impact on the way I view(ed) the world, it would be Harper Lee’s "To Kill A Mockingbird," which I read for the first time when I was twelve.
The movie I think everyone should watch: Can I pick a cancelled TV show that will soon be a movie instead? Arrested Development.
My favorite memory: The first year that we were married, my husband surprised me on my birthday by adopting a rescue dog that I’d seen at PetSmart and fallen in love with three weeks earlier. We went back on my birthday, and there was the dog wearing a nametag that had our names on it. Best gift ever, no question.
What I would most like to have if castaway on an island: The ability to request anything I wanted or needed and have it appear.
What I would do if I won the lottery: Buy acres and acres of land and open a rescue facility wherein we’d take in any and all stray animals.
What I most want to contribute to students: The ability to think critically and to step outside their comfort zones if necessary to gain a deeper understanding of the world in which they live. Well, that, and how to correct comma splices.
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