Daphne Thompson

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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I have evolved into an educator who is energized by the process of mentoring students in first-year and advanced composition courses and fostering their engagement in the culture of higher education so they can also experience the life-changing opportunities of a college education.“

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Discovering the etymology of the word sheriff (shire + reeve) cast a spell over me at age 15 that has never been broken. However, as an aspiring first-generation college student, I naively failed to comprehend the spell such words as “fixin’ to,” “mash that button,” and other Southern colloquialisms also could have cast over me had it not been for sensitive academic mentors in college who coaxed me along the initial steps on my path to self-actualization. Through the journey of leaving some of my home language behind, entering the foreign land of academic discourse, working in/directing a Writing Center, and teaching, I have evolved into an educator who is energized by the process of mentoring students in first-year and advanced composition courses and fostering their engagement in the culture of higher education so they can also experience the life-changing opportunities of a college education. I also have a passion for leading students to become aware of the pervasive effect rhetoric has had on them in the past, is having on them in the present, and most importantly will have on them in the future, especially the impact on first-generation students living in a society colored by rhetoric’s reach. Nelson Mandela’s words “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” inspire me to make a positive difference in the lives of my students.