After serving students at Anderson University for 13 years, Carolyn Caldwell, adjunct professor of Accounting in the Falls School of Business, recently announced her retirement at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.
Her passion for teaching Accounting extends beyond her feelings towards the subject matter. For Caldwell, reward and success are measured by students achieving and exceeding their own perceived potentials. One of her key goals in the classroom was to, "Help them learn how to learn and problem solve," she said.
Recounting how her own experience led her down this road, Caldwell said, "As a student growing up, I realized that memorization did not work for me, so I had to figure out different tools to help me learn how to learn."
Her passion for seeing people develop educational skills is part of what drew her to teaching. "This is why I firmly believe in the liberal arts context," she explained. "My passion for teaching was making education an exciting experience for every student."
Caldwell headed up the Falls School of Business Freshman Experience, a self-created program designed to bolster retention by helping students get plugged in to academic programs that they were passionate about. "We would identify students who seemed to be leaning towards a business major," she explained. "I would contact each student and ask for an appointment to visit with them."
Many students were interested in studying business, but had no clue what area they wanted to study, she said. "I would try to get them in the hands of a faculty member with similar interests." Through the individual attention, Caldwell and others helped students find the right fit for them in the Falls School of Business.
For Carolyn Caldwell teaching has become a passion and a way of serving. "I want to help young people find out what they are good and and find ways to use that."
Caldwell's husband, Dr. Carl Caldwell, is the vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Anderson University. They plan to conclude their service at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. The Caldwells have two sons and four grandchildren.
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.