Why We Love Our Professors

Dr. Coughlin

Dr. Coughlin is a new professor here at Chadron State College. He is just finishing up his first semester of teaching, and the students love him. He is a teacher that doesn’t just stand there and lecture or just holds group discussions. He is always walking around, he breaks up lecturing, discussions, and activities, and he likes making things interesting. When thinking about why people liked Dr. Coughlin so much, I talked to a couple other students about what they liked about him.

Holly A. describes Dr. Coughlin as enthusiastic, happy, and encouraging to new writers. This is definitely the truth. He genuinely loves what he teaches and is always happy. He will joke around and bring up random facts, stories, or even music videos to liven things up and make everyone happy too. Dr. Coughlin is always very encouraging for new writers. He doesn’t tear a story apart when he reads it, he provides genuine feedback. He also never tells a student that their story is bad.

Maryah H. describes Dr. Coughlin as passionate about what he does, really supportive, always willing to help, and he goes out of his way to make sure you’re confident and willing to do what you need to do. Again, so true. He is always there to help and willing to answer questions. He is so supportive, especially when it comes to writing. You can always go in and ask him questions and he will help you with whatever he can. Dr. Coughlin pushes his students, but always thinks about them too. In Creative Writing: Fiction, we do many writing workshops where different students present their work to the class and the class discusses the work. While he knows reading your own work aloud can be terrifying, he does require it on a minimal scale. He is very considerate of the authors and students.

Dr. Coughlin is an awesome professor who will go far here at CSC. If you have the chance try to take one of his classes. You learn a lot and have fun at the same time!

Dr. Tucker

Dr. Tucker is one of the professors at Chadron State College in the English Department, one of the many teachers that we love to have in class. Dr. Tucker teaches Humanities. I had no idea what to expect when I read the syllabus for his class before arriving at class. And I really did not know what to think when I saw the list of books we had to buy,  but Dr. Tucker’s class was definitely one of the best classes that I have taken.

Dr. Tucker was an enjoyable teacher because he made things interesting. He taught you how to analyze a reading in order to find the subtext behind what was actually written. He asked questions that really made you think. There were many times that I walked out of that class with a headache from trying to wrap my head around the things that he asked us in class.

Another thing that I really liked about Dr. Tucker is that he was realistic with us. He knew that we would not start the paper that was due until the morning that it was due, so if we came to class that day we got extra credit points for not being worried about our paper, since we were obviously working on it. He definitely did not tip-toe around the tulips with things either. He is going to give it to you straight and I really like honesty like that from teachers.

Dr. Tucker also has a very interesting lecture style. He keeps you engaged the whole time. I never missed his class unless it was a life or death situation. I loved listening to him lecture. You could learn a lot just listening to him talk. He is a very wise man. I asked a fellow student, Garret Dockweiler why he like Dr. Tucker’s class and he said that he also like how he lectured. Another thing that Garret liked about Dr. Tucker was that he could make any complicated reading seem simple.

Dr. Tucker is one of the best teachers that I have ever had and I highly recommend his class to students.

Dr. McEwen

One of Dr. McEwen’s strongest traits is that he has a keen ability to monitor student progress, see how they can improve, and push them to strive for better results. He dispels valuable nuggets of wisdom during class that applies outside the classroom. Dr. McEwen tells odd jokes and has a good lecturing style that can be appreciated. He is eager to help his students, almost begging them to come in to his office to see him.

Dr. McEwen is a teaching veteran of about 40 years, so he knows what he is doing. He has a large collection of Native American regalia in his office. He likes hot sauces, as told by his collection of Tabasco bottles.

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Dr. Elisabeth Ellington

Dr. Elisabeth Ellington teaches the English language arts courses usually taken by prospective educators. She teaches extemporaneously, and the students are left to themselves to pursue their own learning in their own way. Don’t ask for specifics about anything because you’ll learn by doing. Prepare to stumble a few times, but the effort is all that counts.

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Dr. Evertson

 

Dr. Wilburn

Dr. Miller

Dr. Miller is an incredible teacher, along with being an amazing person. His classes are about discovering yourself as a writer, and striving to push the comfort zone once you know where you stand. Dr. Miller is invested in each individual student: their writing, their progress, and their development through it all. Dr. Miller’s always leaves students with a choice, not to say there won’t be work to get done (oh the work).

 

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