Cultural Studies PhD Student, Tauheeda Yasin, has received a prestigious fellowship in recognition for her work as an associate professor at Northern Virginia Community College. In recognition of this achievement, Adam Proctor recently conducted a short interview with Tauheeda to find out more about her role as a VCCS Faculty Fellow.
You've been awarded the VCCS Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship for 2017-18. Tell us a little about your experience as an associate professor at NVCC.
The primary role of a professor in the community college system is teaching, which is different from being in a research university. I have really appreciated the diversity of students. I have had 70-year-olds and 18-year-olds in the same classroom, people from various countries, and they are all in the classroom for different reasons. If that appeals to you, you would enjoy teaching in a community college. Teaching in a community college also affords you the opportunity to really engage with students on a one-on-one level due to the smaller class sizes, depending on the department. if your schedule allows, I would suggest signing up to teach a course as an adjunct to see if you enjoy it.
October 25, 2017