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Dr. Hogue Information

 

 

 


How I became a Professor:I had a Freshman Composition class where the teacher would come in and read a poem or read a story, and I just remember having a very strong response, sort of physical response. Kind of like if you’re at the amusement park on a ride, like suddenly when you go down really fast or turn a corner, I had that kind of response which I’d never had before to any other subjects. For me, that was a little discovery, a little indicator that I should listen to that response, and it was baby steps from there.”
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Before Marietta:“I taught as part of my Ph.D. program at Ohio University, in all my years at O.U.”
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What I like best about this campus:“I really enjoy working with the students. I think there’s a really wide variety of students that come from all kinds of different backgrounds. I also really enjoy working with everyone else on campus, so that for me has been one of the great discoveries of being here at Marietta; that not only do I enjoy working with the colleagues in my department, but I really enjoy working with other departments as well. So there’s this genuine sense of community here I think, among students, between students and faculty, and also among faculty.”
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My area(s) of concentration:“I teach Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing, so I’m across the board. My area of specialty is poetry, so I do teach the Poetry Workshop, the Intro to Creative Writing class, literature and film classes, and Business Writing, so a little bit of everything.”
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I revise my classes:“All the time. I mean literally, every semester. Even if I’m using the same text, I always like to go back and evaluate how things went during the semester and make adjustments for the next semester. I don’t think that I ever teach a class the same way. Even if it’s essentially the same text or even the same syllabus, it’s still not exactly the way that I taught it the previous semester, which I think is good.”
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I feel my strengths as a professor are:“I’d say that I meet students where they are, in terms of their writing, and then also I give students the space that they need to be who they are. Not even just Creative Writing, but in Composition classes, I don’t like the idea of enforcing or imposing some kind of political or, you know, aesthetic agenda on students. I really like them to make their own discoveries.”
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I struggle with:“I think for any teacher, it’s always difficult to address a classroom of students who come in with very different academic experiences. So some come in with really positive, nurturing experiences in high school, some come in with really terrible experiences, and so the question is, how do you deal with that? How do you address students who are ready to go on to the next level, and then at the same time, you have ones that need to catch up. And so I think that’s a struggle that all teachers face and will never go away, and that’s fine, but for me one way to deal with that is through working one-on-one with students. I like to have individual conferences, and I encourage students to come in. One of the great joys of teaching is not only to be able to work in groups, but also independently or individually with students. Essentially, that’s why we’re here: to help them.”
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What I want to gain from teaching:“I’m not sure that ‘gain’ is maybe the best word. I guess I’d like to think that through the exchange of ideas in a classroom between teachers and students, that teachers and students are giving to one another through that exchange. So rather than gain I guess give.”
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What I want my students to walk away with:[see above]
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Why you should consider this English Department:“Because we are a group of bright, dedicated, good-natured teachers who really love what we do. And I really think that shows through the classes that we teach, and through the way we interact with each other.”
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I have published: "Monster-Life”
Which you can visit at:
www.versedaily.org/2010/monsterlife.shtml
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If I could teach any class, it would be on:“I’d like to teach a class on twentieth century women poets; I think it would be interesting to teach a class that looks at poets from the Pacific Northwest and poets from Appalachia, because I think there are some interesting connections between the two in terms of how they look at land and how they interact with nature.”
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To contact Dr. Anderson with questions regarding the English Department, email him at
nathan.anderson@marietta.edu
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