Professional Teaching Philosophy Statement


To teach with passion, knowledge, and integrity and to make a difference through teaching in the lives of all who come onto my path. To empower my students to think critically, to be expert problem solvers, and to demonstrate high ethical and moral values in decision-making.


I am a passionate person and care deeply about my responsibility to role model what I teach to students. Professionalism must be modeled as well as taught, and I take the charge seriously. What I do in the classroom is effective only through what I say and do outside of the classroom which may have more impact, especially when it involves one-on-one interaction.


I have taught for more than 20 years, and I am constantly changing how I teach in order to reach the ever-changing audience of students who come into the classroom. It is an exciting place, the classroom. It is like a crucible where the fire of my desires for them meets the boundless energy of their quest for learning. Sometime we have ignition with great flame; and other times, it is just a small flickering light that emerges. I am sure, they are almost never aware they are on a quest, but I see it, and it is thrilling to be part of that journey.


I enjoy a relationship where I can know my students as I do my corporate clients and to some extent design a program around what their needs are in the short and long term. I want to create an environment where I can know if my students are having difficulty with a particular part of an assignment. I enjoy the luxury that a relationship affords, and strive to be accessible to my students. It is exciting to see how much personal growth they experience in such a short amount of time.


I believe when they come to us, their moral behavior is already formed. We can only challenge them to discover what their code of conduct will be in making ethical decisions. We can present situational business challenges, and they decide. I do not believe we can increase their IQ (I know some disagree with this position), but I do believe we have an obligation to supply them the tools to help with their success, when they are launched in the world outside.



Doctorate of Arts Degree, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 1982. Interdisciplinary Degree in English and Humanities. Dissertation: D.H. Lawrence and the German Expressionist


English Specialist Degree, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 1977. Professional Degree, concentration in research on the non-graded classroom and performance based teaching measurements


Master of Arts in English Degree, University of Mississippi, Oxford, 1971. Master’s Thesis: Madness as a Dramatic Device in English Drama from 1588-1632


Bachelor of Arts in English Degree, Lee University, Cleveland, TN, 1968, Cum Laude, Editor of College Yearbook, Tuition Scholarship, Pageant Director, Miss Lee University

Selected Employment Experience


Adjunct Lecturer | Warrington College of Business | Hough Graduate School | University of Florida | Gainesville | 2011-present

Graduate Courses in Professional Writing | many international students

 Assistant Professor  Business Communications | Davis College of Business | Jacksonville University| FL | 1985-1991 | 2005-2011


        Teaching| Business Communications Classes, core curriculum MGT 308

                 Executive Communications Class, management degree  MGT 412

                 Executive Master of Business Administration, EMBA  MGT 569

        Nominated|2007-2008 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Award

        Nominated|2005-2006 Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Professional Activities

  • Chair, Admissions Committee,1987-1989

  • Member, Retention Committee, 1987-1990

  • Member, Information Technology Committee, DCOB,1986-1990

  • Member, Long-range planning Committee

  • Member, Dean’s Search Committee

  • Member, Economics Chair Search

  • EMBA Graduate Committee


Director of Public Relations,Americall, LDC, aka Suddath Moving and Transportation Systems, Jacksonville, FL 1983-1985·


  • Managed all major accounts

  • Published Newsletter

  • Planned all promotional events

  • Created and directed public relations and communications for deregulated telecommunications environment

  • Researched and reported on legislation for deregulated telecommunications environment

  • Coordinated internal and external communications 


President, ABC Communications, Jacksonville,FL 1983-1991


  • Created and conducted Workshops and Seminars in Team Building, Leadership Communications, and Business Protocol. Designed specific training and professional development programs for executive management teams. Performed Communications Audits. Isolated communication breakdowns and instituted systems for enhanced internal communications. Developed programs for Corporate Image Building and produced workshops for management team, specific to job function for clients such as: CSX, DuPont, and Interline


  • Produced and directed Executive Retreat for clarity of mission and celebration of victory for US Army Corp of Engineers, Jacksonville


  • Facilitated Transition Workshops for Colonel Robert Herndon, Commander, ACE of Jacksonville Division from 1986-1988. Interviewed over 200 employees, provided management with specific recommendations on professional development requirement. Conducted five workshops on team building in Jacksonville and in Puerto Rico on leadership skills, specific to the military’s command of a civilian workforce. Explored cultural change strategy for management via individualized instruction

Professional Honors


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Outstanding Young Women of America

2,000 Notable American Women

Who’s Who Among American Teachers 2006-07

Alpha Kappa Psi, Epsilon Tau Chapter, honorary member, student invitation, April 2007



  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 2005-2011

  • Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville Board Member, 2005-2009

  • Order of the Dolphin, 2009Friends of The Jacksonville University Library, 2009

  • Clute Institute Board member, 2009

  • Friends of Fine Arts of Jacksonville University, 2009

  • Family Foundations, Board Member, 2009

  • International Visitors Corp, Member, 2009

  • World Affairs Council, 2007-09

  • Association for Business Communicators, 2006-2009

  • Academic Integrity Association, Kenan Institute, Duke University, 2006

  • Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, by Appointment,2006-08

  • Vice-President, Children’s Haven Board, a home for abused boys, 1985-1991

  • Salvation Army Council, Clay County, 1989-1993

  • International Association of Business Communicators, member, 1985-1990

  • Florida Association of Public Relations, member, 1985-1989

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PO Box 2104 Ponte Vedra, Florida 32004

(904) 635-6325

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