Ruth Stanley, M.A., M.Ed. — Instructor
"I earned one of my degrees online and I know just how rich and rewarding an online educational experience can be."
Department: Liberal Arts/Communication
I developed a course for students with high anxiety about public speaking [communication apprehension] and now teach that face-to-face each semester. I developed online courses in interpersonal communication and advanced public speaking. In each of these courses, I see students grow and find their voice and hone their communication abilities! I developed an online course in communicating forgiveness. Again, lives expand and change!
Why did you start teaching in the online program?
I supported the development of our online program because I earned one of my degrees online, and I know just how rich and rewarding an online educational experience can be. In class discussion, each student's 'voice' can be 'heard' and valued.
What's the best advice that you ever received from one of your professors?
Sometimes you study a topic, but you have to sit with the information a while before you can become truly conversant on that topic. Give yourself time to think and ponder. Let it all soak in. Take a break and come back. Then understanding will dawn!
What's the most important thing you want students to take away from your class?
You make a difference in this world with each and every interaction. You make your mark--will it be grumpy or negative, or positive and supportive? YOU make a difference!
What is your go-to show when you need a laugh?
My go-to series is The Big Bang Theory. There is ALWAYS a communication snafu occurring, whether semantic, pragmatic, nonverbal, or verbal! Sheldon is a prime example of how NOT to communicate so often!
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