Faculty Who Care
Thomas R. Davis, Jr.
Assoc. Professor, English
What would you say is the most rewarding thing about teaching "You can. You will." students at Central Penn?
What I find most rewarding is the look on my students' faces when they realize that, with effort and support, they can become not only successful writers, but effective professionals and citizens. There is nothing more rewarding then seeing the proverbial light bulb appear above a student's head, particularly when he/she has been used to nothing but frustration.
What is your favorite Central Penn memory?
My favorite memory so far is my first day of classes, when I finally got the opportunity to meet my students face-to-face. I had "made it," and i could not wait to inspire others into believing they can "make it" too.
What do students like the most about the courses you teach?
My students would likely say they enjoy my down-to-earth, hands-on approach to teaching writing. While many students come into writing courses with some reluctance, they usually recognize that I have helped them understand the importance of effective writing and how it is a powerful tool for helping them reach their goals.