The Department of Communication added several new faculty members this semester. Communication Intern SHONNA JOHNSTONE conducted a Q&A with the new instructors to help students get to know them a bit better.
This is the first in a continuing series.
Welcome, Carie Kapellusch!
Teaching: Comm Studies
1. What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA?
Diversity! I've always enjoyed learning from people representing different cultures, and here you have an embarrassment of riches.
2. Describe your teaching style.
I have a very open and hopefully engaging/interactive style. However, my standards are quite high, but if you are clear with expectations, students end up seeing this as a sign of my respect for their intelligence and talents.
3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.
Before teaching I was an executive recruiter. This helps me discuss working in the "real world" especially when I teach interviewing strategies. However, not noted on my resume is that I put myself through college as the assistant manager at a movie theatre. One of the greatest jobs ever...by the way :)
4. What do you see for the future of your field?
I'm hoping that Communication Studies will figure out how to brand itself a bit better. There seems to be an outside perception that we are all just "speech teachers" and that you can learn our discipline from either real life, or several other areas, like English. I'm also hoping that a portion of the practitioners will focus on real-work application of our course objectives. Our students need to make sure that they can get jobs, and succeed in their lives. Not everyone is going to graduate school, so while there is a wonderful and important place for theories, it must balance with practicality.
5. What do you love most about what you do?
The students and the strong belief, real or imagined, that I am providing them with a real take-away that should improve not only their professional lives, but their personal lives as well. It is the beauty of teaching communication, it is always applicable!
6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?
There is such a supportive, warm and accepting environment here. Not only amongst the students, but with the faculty as well. This can be quite rare, so I'm ecstatic to be here, as it already feels like home. I so appreciate the fact that this university not only understands service learning (which is a major learning initiative in all of my courses), but supports it, and is in fact a leader in this area.