Q & A with Grace Bannon

Posted 11-22-2013 by Barrie Hill

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 second in a continuing series.

Welcome Grace Brannon!

Teaching: COMS 1301

Faculty Profile: https://www.uta.edu/mentis/public/#profile/profile/view/id/12788/category/1

1.What are you most looking forward to about teaching at UTA?

The experience. I have not taught at the university level and so it is all still new. I love the diversity of the campus.

2. Describe your teaching style.

I feel like I focus on being as interactive as I can be in the classroom with the students. I prefer discussion methods when lecturing and activities that strengthen what the lecture’s content covered.

3. Tell us about your professional experiences, particularly those not mentioned in your resume.

Academically speaking, I haven’t had teaching experience prior to this semester. I have taught before, but in a different field completely--dance and martial arts are a little different than Communications. I have assisted graduate students with research before, but not on a large scale.

4. What do you see for the future of your field?

Communications is a very broad field, so I see several different things. It will only continue to grow, as the skill of communication (verbal, nonverbal, written, etc.) continues to become more and more valued.

5. What do you love most about what you do?

I love seeing the “lightbulb” turn on when I’m teaching. Knowing that you have just aided a person in their journey of learning is an amazing feeling.

6. What do you hope to get out of teaching at UTA?