Anderson, Indiana

AU professors practice what they teach

Thu, 2011-12-08 07:55 -- univcomm
December 8, 2011

Anderson University professors spend a great deal of time mentoring students in the classroom. But they also routinely take the material they instill in the minds of their students outside of the classroom and into their respective communities.

Following are just four examples of the many faculty who are active in the community.

griffith-250bDr. G. Lee Griffith, professor of psychology at Anderson University, takes on the role of counselor in his own private practice. “Most patients come to me because they know I’m a Christian,” said Griffith.

Abbie Mason, a senior psychology major who has taken two of Griffith’s courses, said, “He is very honest to his classes about situations he has encountered in order to help students understand and conceptualize a topic.”

colvinDeidra Colvin, assistant professor of marketing and director of marketing for the residential MBA program, has done freelance work in the past. Last year, Colvin participated on the AU branding initiative, analyzing surveys to work with AU in trying to figure out the current concept of the university. Currently, she is continuing to work on her doctoral degree.

In Colvin’s circumstance, working with advertising agencies gives her good contacts for her students to network with. “My primary target market is the student and my goal is to provide superior customer value — a learning environment that engages students through lectures, case studies, and experiential activities, and prepares them for success in their future career,” Colvin said.

moreheadJames Morehead, professor of communication, teaches speech classes on AU’s campus. Not only a professor, Morehead is an accomplished actor, playwright, and author of a few plays and a book of poetry. In 1995 he was recognized as “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” from AU. He also serves as senior pastor of the Pasadena Heights Church of God in Indianapolis.

chapmanVirginia Chapman, professor speech, serves Ovid Community Church by helping generate concepts and ideas for sermons at the church. She has presented a panel on Elements of Alternative Sentencing at the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties.

Chapman also conducted a training session for the Indianapolis AmeriCorps staff on Business Communication and has been involved in speechwriting and debate preparation for candidates at the local and state level. On the campus of AU, she started the Harold E. Achor Debate Tournament.

— Corinne Schmitt is a senior from Geneva, Ill., majoring in communication arts. Schmitt is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.