Chair and Associate Professor of Drama
BA, Memphis State University
MFA, Ohio University
Ellen's Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that education is a journey that both student and instructor take together! The real value of education is understanding the pure joy of learning and discovery as a life-long process.
Clarke's Impact on Ellen:
Clarke has provided me the opportunity to develop and grow in ways that I didn't even existed. I will be ever grateful for the personal and educational dimensions! I have made so many true friends and strong colleagues that are invaluable.
Ellen's Impact on Students:
I hope I have helped students discover their individual potential. I believe each student has many gifts-some simply need the confidence to discover those gifts and the desire to pursue them. I try to assist in this journey.
Why students should choose Clarke:
Students should choose Clarke if they are looking for a family environment, one in which the atmosphere is caring and supportive. The faculty/staff are excellent in their areas of expertise and willing to help on many different levels-personally, educationally, professionally. Clarke is a very special place...the bonds between people are strong and long-lasting.
Ellen's Extracurricular Activities:
I have varied interests outside my chosen field...a few include: photography, film history, landscaping, gardening, and various animal charities.
What Ellen enjoys about Dubuque:
I love Dubuque! I am from Memphis Tennessee, a big sprawling city with all of the problems associated with urban areas. Dubuque has the charm of a smaller town but the vision of a larger metropolitan area. It is the best of both worlds.
What Ellen enjoys about Clarke's campus:
Our campus is beautiful....we have many "green" spaces where students and faculty can go for an occasional outdoor class or walk.
This list is far too great to choose just one.....I love good movies and good books. The problem is finding the time to indulge in these activities!