Meet a Faculty Member: Lawana Day
What motivates you to get up every day and come to school to teach?
The chance to talk to students and colleagues about ideas.
What three characteristics do you hope all students will bring with them to your classroom?
- Curiosity: Without a willingness to find interest in any subject, there is no acquisition of knowledge.
- Open-mindedness: a willingness to examine ideas, values, and experiences outside one's own leads to tolerance, compassion, and a sense of responsibility/mutual humanity.
- Persistence: It is the only way to discover what one is capable of achieving in any field of endeavor.
What do you like best about PSCC students?
I love working with the variety of students who attend a community college and watching so many of them discover unexpected depths in themselves and directions for their lives, often battling enormous personal obstacles to earn their degrees and carry their new skills and energy back into their communities. It disappoints me to see some students, not yet ready to commit seriously to a college opportunity, engage in behaviors that fail to recognize and respect the rights of their classmates.
What was the last book you read?
Rebecca T. Godwin's Keeper of the House (Shoppers will have a chance to find it at the Faculty Senate booksale at the Blount campus.)
What's one piece of advice you dish out that you hope every student follows?
Adopt a high personal standard for the quality of effort you put into all you do, even the tasks you don't enjoy.
The English Department of Pellissippi State Community College encourages strategies to help students learn to read closely, think critically and logically, practice methods of interpretation and research, analyze the formal properties of texts, place texts in historical and cultural contexts, and write with precision and clarity.
Composition courses are designed to assist students in writing effectively, creatively, and ethically in personal, academic, professional, and public settings. Various rhetorical approaches, attention to organization and development of ideas, and a focus on grammar, mechanics, and punctuation enable students to enter a universe of discourse and to discover their own powers of articulation therein.
Literature courses give students exposure to major works of American, British, and World literature as a way of inspiring appreciation for creativity and for the range of imaginative activities required to produce an enduring expression of the human spirit. These courses also embrace literature in its broadest context, including biography, history, culture, and politics. Students continue to develop reading, critical thinking, and writing skills begun in the composition program.
Pellissippi State's English Department aspires to excellence in all its courses and in providing students with a writing and literary education second to none. The department's programs prepare students for diverse futures and for increasingly complex challenges offered by the twenty-first century. In addition, the English Department of Pellissippi State Community College prides itself in its collegiality and in its adherence to the principle of academic freedom inherent in higher education.
Pellissippi State Writer-in-Residence Ed Francisco shares his poetry in this video. For more poems, watch Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.
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