Why I Teach: Conversations with ETSU Faculty

This podcast celebrates the faculty of East Tennessee State University by amplifying their stories. Faculty guests discuss why they are passionate about teaching and share what impact they hope their students will make on the world. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Kimberly D. McCorkle, ETSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics. Music for this podcast was composed by ETSU Professor Martin Walters.

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Episodes

Episode 09: Dr. Virginia Foley

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

Dr. Virginia Foley has decades of experience in education, first as an educator and administrator in the K-12 setting and then transitioning to higher education in 2007. As a faculty member in ETSU's Clemmer College, she prepares students to make a difference in the classroom. She is also making an impact in the boardroom, where she serves as the Faculty Trustee on the ETSU Board of Trustees.

Episode 08: Dr. Mike Stoots

Monday Dec 12, 2022

Monday Dec 12, 2022

ETSU College of Public Health's Project EARTH, located at the ETSU-Eastman Valleybrook campus, has received national recognition for its curriculum. Dr. Mike Stoots describes some of the hands-on learning opportunities taking place there and why he enjoys teaching in this innovative program.

Monday Nov 21, 2022

Mathew Desjardins, a member of the College of Business and Technology, is overseeing ETSU's innovative new BlueSky Tennessee Institute. This groundbreaking program provides Tennessee students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in computing and a job offer at BlueCross in just over two years.

Guest 06: Dr. Alison Barton

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

Dr. Alison Barton is the new Director of the ETSU Center for Teaching Excellence and an award-winning faculty member from the Clemmer College. Hear her discuss the importance of faculty members seeing their courses through the eyes of their students. Dr. Barton also talks about her use of specifications grading as well as the exciting and innovative resources offered by the center.

Episode 05: Dr. Kelly Price

Wednesday Aug 10, 2022

Wednesday Aug 10, 2022

Dr. Kelly Price is an award-winning faculty member in the College of Business and Technology and a two-time graduate of ETSU. In 2014, she helped launch our new M.S. program in Digital Marketing and continues to serve as one of the primary faculty for the program.

Episode 04: Dr. Cerrone Foster

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

Dr. Cerrone Foster first heard about ETSU when she was a summer research fellow in the Ronald McNair Program. Now, she is a highly respected faculty member in Biological Sciences and a true champion for student success.

Episode 03: Rhonda Brodrick

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

From teaching dosage calculations to understanding the intense demands of working on the critical care unit, Rhonda Brodrick from the College of Nursing is inspiring the next generation of nursing professionals.

Episode 02: Dr. Sean Fox

Thursday May 26, 2022

Thursday May 26, 2022

In 2021, a group of ETSU students decided to nominate their professor Dr. Sean Fox for a teaching award.  He went on to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor presented to an ETSU faculty member.

Episode 01: Dr. Tom Kwasigroch

Thursday May 05, 2022

Thursday May 05, 2022

Dr. Tom Kwasigroch is one of the inaugural faculty members at the Quillen College of Medicine.  He has taught every medical school student since the school was established. Hear about his passion for medical education and how the instruction of gross anatomy has transformed during the past four decades. He also discusses the Human Anatomical Gifts Program and what it is like for medical students when they meet their first “patient,” which is a cadaver.

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