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Jeanine Jewell

  • Program: Arts & Sciences/English

    Education/Industry Certifications: Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

    Has Taught at SCC Since: 2006

    Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: SCC: 20+ years

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college?

    The mix of students at a community college makes for a classroom rich in varied experiences and perspectives. I have easily learned as much from my students about life as they have from me about composition and literature!

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?

    Much of what gets taught in my department is Composition I, not exactly the class everyone is dying to take. However, students often mention that they enjoyed the close interactions required in a writing class, as well as the opportunity to tell their stories or research a subject they consider important.

    What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?

    I worked as an executive secretary for 20 years before returning to school for my advanced degrees. That gives me experience in the “real world” outside of academia, and it also means I’ve been a non-traditional student myself. I got my Ph.D. on my 50th birthday. I am proof that it’s never too late to start, or finish, your education.

    What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?

    Get involved in your general Education classes. Don’t go through them on autopilot. As a member of the General Education Team, I have been privileged to learn about all the phenomenal classes being offered through Arts & Sciences. I want to take them all.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students?

    The personal interaction. The day might have a rocky start, but after class I always feel energized. Also, when teaching literature, the wide-ranging discussions are better than being in any book club.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?

    The strong commitment of all staff and faculty to serving students as they achieve their educational goals.

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?

    When a former student’s band actually became famous! (Probably his English class had nothing to do with that . . . )

    What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?

    Listen to the Beatles, watch Turner Classic Movies, see my husband’s band, and play with my grandchildren.

    What would students be surprised to know about you?

    That I actually went to a toga party in college, pre-Animal House.