Meet the Faculty - Amy Childs
What drew you to the field of Communication studies?
I love learning, especially about something dynamic. I have always been interested in a variety of disciplines, so that choosing one major was difficult for me. The more I learned about what seems to be this very basic thing that we all do – communicate, the more I realized how complex the process can be, at least to communicate well. This field is what I’d been looking for all along, for it also involves the areas of English, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Business, Technology, and the Humanities, just to name a few.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My dream class is one in which all students feel comfortable about contributing to discussion and feel engaged in the process of learning. To get there, I try to be as interactive as possible in my teaching and in building an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
What’s your favorite thing about teaching?
As much as I love to learn, I love to teach. There’s something so exciting about taking someone at whatever skill level they possess, providing them with a new skills base or new ways to connect to prior learning, and then helping them move forward to greater knowledge. I know that I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without the contribution of many teachers in my life and I really want to pay that forward. As an added benefit, I never stop learning from those I teach!