Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Faculty Spotlight – October

October 16, 2017

Dr. Ashli Dykes- English Faculty and Concurrent Credit Coordinator

Q. Where are you from and where did you graduate college?
A. Hometown: Hot Springs BA, MLA, Henderson PhD, LSU
Q. Why did you choose education as a career?
A. My family jokes that I was always good at school so I just decided to never leave it! I have always loved reading and talking about reading, and teaching English is a good way to do that and get paid for it at the same time.
Q. What do you LOVE about your classes at UAHT?
A. My favorite part of teaching is watching students have the “lightbulb” moment. Whether it’s a basic grammatical concept or a grand, life-altering realization, I love seeing students learn.
Q. What are your favorite hobbies? What do you do to relax?
A. Reading, obviously, but I also love TV. I started studying popular culture, TV in particular, during my master’s program, and I’ve continued writing about it over the years. I’m presenting a paper on the Mindy Project at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in November, and I have an article on the Real Housewives of Atlanta in a book called Small Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television that’s coming out next fall.
Q. What is your motto for your class?
A. I’ll go as far down the road to get to you as I can, but you have to meet me at least partway. Meaning, I’ll do everything I can to help you succeed, but you’re going to have to do your part as well.
Q. What is something you wish you would have known when you were in college? Do you have any advice you want to pass along to students?
A. Take advantage of this educational opportunity. Too often, our students see education as a just a means to an end, a way to get a better job. While I love that we help our students earn a better life, education in and of itself is also a way to a better life–the more informed you are, the better off you’ll be.
Q. What is your favorite snack?
A. Chocolate–the darker, the better.

Celia Richardson-Adjunct Music Appreciation Faculty-Texarkana

Q. Where are you from and where did you graduate college?
A. I grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. I received my B.A. in Music from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. My Masters’ Degree is from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Q. Why did you choose education as a career?
A. My parents were both educators and I grew up in that atmosphere. I always loved learning and that transferred to the love of teaching as well.
Q. What do you LOVE about your classes at UAHT?
A. The small classes and the enthusiasm of the students (most of them!)
Q. What are your favorite hobbies? What do you do to relax?
A. I enjoy reading, gardening and exercising.
Q. What is your motto for your class?
A. Be willing to experience (listen to) something new.
Q. What is something you wish you would have known when you were in college? Do you have any advice you want to pass along to students?
A. Everything you do today affects your future.
Q. What is your favorite snack?
A. Chocolate!