College of Education & Human Services
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Why I chose to teach at Western
Before arriving on the WIU campus, what impressed me and helped in the initial process of my decision was what I think we all look for when evaluating a university campus. I was pleased with the beauty of the campus, solid education, stability and an outstanding institution reputation. This reflection of the facts really set the tone for several other factors that directed my final decision. The factors included some of the following:
- My prior work relationship with a current LEJA professor and his family
- The history of the school and the opportunity to be a part of the one of the best Law Enforcement schools in the Country
- The interview process was done very professionally and the committee members made me feel welcome
- The opportunity to represent WIU as a promising scholar
- The opportunity to service the greater community beginning with the Macomb community
Opportunities Western and SLEJA have afforded me in my research
From the beginning, my department chairperson made it clear about the many opportunities and expectations of teaching, research and service. As a new professor one of the things you worry about is time. And you question how you can fulfill the expectations, especially research and service. The LEJA department staff addressed my questions and spoke to me about pinpointing timelines and building on the experiences of veteran resources. Other valuable opportunities have been the outstanding trainings offered by the Center for Innovation Teaching and Research. The trainings that they have offered focused on a variety of topics, including the institutional review board process (IRB) and grant writing. These two trainings are particularly good when pursuing the research process and funding.
About SLEJA and WIU
I truly feel it’s an honor to work in the School of LEJA. Although I’m new, everyone has made me feel like a part of the team. The toughest part about going into the office is on Mondays after a Pittsburgh Steelers loss and my colleagues letting me hear it. Outside of that, there’s no other place I would rather be than Stipes Hall with my LEJA team. I can’t say more about the hospitality of WIU staff, professors and administration. I have had the opportunity to speak with the president, provost, assistant provost, dean of our college and just can’t believe how they make themselves available and open for a discussion with a rookie. Finally, I would like to thank my two mentors, Dr. Barry McCrary from the LEJA department and Dr. Kevin Hall from the Engineering Technology department for taking the time to sit down and school me on this wonderful opportunity.
Why I chose to teach at Western
I came from Louisiana to interview with what was then the Department of Elementary Education and Reading in 1986, after having met several of the Department faculty at a national professional conference. The friendly atmosphere of the campus and community, along with the welcome I received from faculty and staff in the department and college, drew me to accept the position.
Opportunities Western and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have afforded me in my research
Like many others, home was far away and I saw my move to Macomb as temporary. It wasn’t long, though, before Macomb and WIU became home, and although I have from time to time entertained offers of teaching elsewhere, the opportunities and challenges
I have had here have always prompted me to stay. The confidence and encouragement of past administrators challenged me to develop specific areas of expertise which led to the development of new courses, connections with others within and outside of our state, outside funding for educational projects, and publications.
Over the past twenty-four years, I have worked with others to secure over 2.5 million dollars in grant funding, published three books and over seventy-five other professional publications, represented WIU on a number of state and national professional committees, and served seven years as department chair. In addition, I was able to teach the first graduate course broadcast over the public airways via the Convocom system, the first CODEC course, and one of the first Internet courses.
About Curriculum and Instruction and WIU
I continue to enjoy teaching and working with students, serving on the Publications Committee for the International Reading Association, and as editor for the Illinois Reading Council Journal, a refereed publication disseminated nationally. The challenges and opportunities provided to me by WIU and what is now the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have truly enhanced my life and have made this wonderful, professional home.