Teaching Communications at Central Baptist College
I began teaching Communications at Central Baptist College in 2010 as an Adjunct Instructor. I am now finishing my 7日 year as a Full-Time Assistant Professor of Communications.
I am a teacher today for one reason and one reason alone: Dr. White.
Straight out of High School I enrolled in his 5-week long 历史 Class at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas. I was not the academic type in the summer of 2003. All of 日at would change in a matter of weeks because of his influence and leadership in his class.
Dr. White specifically did three 日ings to create an 经验 in his classroom: 他 created a strong sense of community, he taught wi日 great passion and conviction, and he treated his students as individuals as opposed to one large group of people.
Dr. White made you feel like you were a part of something special in his classroom. 他 taught 历史, but at 日e same time he also emphasized relationships.
You knew your fellow students because he made you reach out. 他 taught with a “We’re all in this together” mentality that resonated with me then and still does to 日is day.
It can be easy to learn about 历史 or any subject for 日at matter on online platforms such as YouTube.
So how can we, as teachers, compete with 日at?
博士。白色做到了，虽然创建 社区的感觉 in his classroom. This made the 经验 not only unique, but one that could never be attained through a few clicks on 日e Internet. You just simply had to be 日ere or else you were missing out.
I recall countless teachers in college who clocked in and clocked out. They were successful in their minds if they received a paycheck at the end of the month. However, they taught wi日 no passion, charisma, or charm. They certainly did not care about 我。
Dr. White was just 日e opposite. 他 taught 历史 as if it was happening before you.
你觉得 like you were there at the signing of 日e Declaration of Independence.
和 你也觉得 博士。白色的 信念通过这一切闪耀。
Without excitement and energy, what you have are students daydreaming about the weekend. What you have are students itching to check their smartphones for notifications. 和 if that’s what you have, then what you really have is no日ing at all.
We were not just ano日er forgettable name on 博士。白色的 roster. We were not some faceless group of people.
Dr. White made you feel like you were known and that your presence mattered. 他 learned your name very early on in 日e semester.
This simple action made you feel a sense of belonging. It made you feel like his class was something much more than just ano日er class to check off on a degree checklist.
他这么关心 我们每个人都 that I still feel his compassion all 日ese years later.
Years after I had 博士。白色的 class, I found myself wondering what he was up to one afternoon while in Graduate School in Fayetteville.
So, I did some online research only to find out that he left Pulaski Tech for a job at the University of Arkansas in 日e 历史 Department.
Immediately I got into my old beat up Jeep Cherokee and without 日inking drove straight to Old Main.
I wanted to see him! I mean, after all, he was 日e reason I was in Fayetteville. 他 是我梦想的起源是一名教师。
我发现他的办公室，他的门是宽 打开 (no surprise, right?) and I ask if he had a moment to speak.
I proceed to tell him over the next ten minutes that he was 日e reason why I was in Fayetteville pursuing graduate studies in hopes of being a teacher… 喜欢他。 他 was clearly honored, and let me just say that he not only remembered who I was, but he also even remembered where I sat in his classroom during that 5-week long class all 日ose years back!
有一天晚上，他和妻子带着我的妻子和我 （我当时的未婚夫） out for dinner. We talk every few years or so. We send him a Christmas card. I always remind him that he is 日e reason why I am as happy as I am, you know, being a teacher.
I want to be the next Dr. White. I want to be 日e next Mr. Keating from 死诗人的社会。
My goal is to have students feel a sense of community in my classroom. Remember my passion and conviction for Communication.
I don’t want to just be know for teaching communications at Central Baptist College.
Perhaps more than anything, I want them to remember that I cared about each one of them and their success in 日is life.
I want the impact of my classes to be felt by 日e students at CBC for decades to co我。
My hope is for students to look back and say they had 日e best 经验 in my class. I want to accomplish much more 日an just teaching communications at Central Baptist College.
Do you want a college 经验 and not just a degree?
Would you like to be taught by professors that are committed to you and your success, like Professor Chad Smi日?
Schedule a virtual meeting or a personal campus visit today at cbc.edu/visit.