Denise Kohn - English
I earned a B.A. with a double major in English and Journalism at the University of North Texas in 1985 and worked for several years as an editor at a daily newspaper in Texas and at a sailing magazine in Connecticut. I earned an M.A. in English at the University of North Texas in 1992 and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Houston in 1998. I taught literature and writing for seven years at Greensboro College in North Carolina before coming to B-W.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
One of the things I’ve learned is what a special place Baldwin-Wallace is—faculty, staff, and students really work together.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I loved reading and English class, and it just seemed natural to share my enthusiasm and interests with other people. I had decided by the time I was in high school that becoming an English professor was my ultimate career goal.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I work closely with students who are earning licensure to teach English in high school. I think my most important role as their fieldwork supervisor is to help them find their comfort zone as teachers in the classroom, to help them find the best ways that they as individuals can teach literature and writing, and then to help them branch out and try new ideas. I keep in close contact with them throughout their fieldwork, visiting them while they teach, meeting with them, and keeping in touch on the phone and on e-mail.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I’d be looking for a job teaching! I’d probably be a writer/editor at a magazine. Although it was a job that I enjoyed, for me, teaching is more fun and rewarding. I consider myself a fortunate person to be in a profession that is right for me. I think one of the great strengths of an English major in particular and the liberal arts in general is that students graduate with the ability to enter a variety of professions, and as they change and grow, they can change and grow in their career paths.
What do students like best about your class?:
I hope they like reading and discussing the literature the most because that is my goal.