RN to BSN
Kacie Altom, MSN
"My career as an educator began when I had the opportunity to teach clinical for an instructor that went to a conference. I loved it from day one, and I knew that I wanted to continue to influence future nurses to be the best they could be and to do the best they could do for their patients."
Dr. Karen Aul
"Believe in yourself; you are worth it. Just keep swimming."
Teresa Fisher, MSN
"I began teaching because I love seeing the evolution of learned knowledge in my students."
Dr. Elizabeth Seaton Nix
"We need competent nurses, and I want the next generation of nurses to be as outstanding as the generations that taught me."
M.S. in Sport Administration
Dr. Claudia Benavides-Espinoza
"I love the sport management industry. Teaching allows me to pass on what I know about it, learn more about it every day, and keep on attending events to stay current."
Dr. David LaVetter
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
"My father was an educator. He was my role model, and an excellent instructor. He showed interest and value in every one of his students for over 36 years. This is what I'm striving to do throughout my career."
B.S. in Strategic Communications
Dr. Manu Bhandari
"Our best teachers are sometimes our harshest critics. One should learn from the mistakes teachers point out and continually improve."
Holly Kathleen Hall, J.D.
Associate Professor of Strategic Communication
"I love every aspect of the college teaching profession: delivering the materials to students in a way they can understand, working with them one-on-one to develop career goals, and getting to research topics that are of interest to me."
Dr. Po-Lin Pan
"I wish to build supportive relationships with my students and help them to be successful based upon such supportive relationships."
M.S. in Early Childhood Services
Dr. Jeonghee Choi
"While pursuing higher education, I had met a few inspiring teachers and educators who were passionate and caring about their field and students. I wanted to pass on such passion and energy to future teachers and educators."
Dr. Joanna Grymes
"I loved school and kept going—ending up with a doctoral degree in Family and Child Development. At that point, university teaching seemed the best option—and it has been an excellent journey!"
M.S.E. in Reading
Dr. Ryan Kelly
"Embrace the complexity, strive to connect as many units of thinking in as many ways as you can, and push yourself to reflect and synthesize."
Dr. Dixie Keyes
"Passion provides the persistence you need to get through new learning experiences. Find the hook, the relevance, or the connection you need when working on various assignments so your engagement pulls you toward success in the end."