Dr. Carolyn Hopper, Professor of English
Box 171, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office: Peck Hall 241
Office Phone: (615) 898-2157
Developmental Education Specialist - Appalachian State
D.A. in English, MTSU, 1985
M.A. in English, MTSU, 1980
B.A. in English, Lambuth University, 1967
Taught English from the junior high level through college level
Developed the learning strategies curriculum for developmental studies at MTSU
Date of employment with MTSU : August 1986
A few achievements or accomplishments:
MTSU Award for Outstanding Instructional Technology 1999
Foundation Tennessee Professor or the Year 1997
MTSU Outstanding Teacher for 1996
Tennessee Association of Developmental Education Teacher of the Year for 1989
Author of several textbooks
Some interesting or time consuming projects:
Past-President of TNADE
University Committees including Faculty Senate, SACS steering committee,
NCAA certification committee, planning committee for new library, and
Presidents commission on Women
. Appears in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who
in American Women, and Current Biography. Conducts workshops on topics such as
Learning Styles, ADD, Study Skills, Memory, and Time Management at local, regional,
national levels,and international level.
Describe your teaching style: I am first of all enthusiastic about learning
how to learn. I get excited about learning and hopefully my students catch the
spirit. My classes are a combination of lecture supported by many visuals and
hands-on activities. Skills for being successful in college are learned by doing.
So, once students understand a concept, my aim for them is to develop the skills
by practice and make modification to the skills that will work for them. A student
in my class can expect homework due every class period. My style may seem casual
and somewhat "laid back," but each class is carefully planned with goals and objectives
in mind. I am extremely demanding, but would like to think that I am patient.
I try to make sure that everything we do in class is backed up on the web site.
What do you like most about teaching? Without a doubt, what I like
most about teaching is the students that I teach. I am enriched by
knowing them and what they are willing to share with me. Second to the
contact with students, is the fact that I have information that can
empower them. In a study skills class, I can show students strategies
for learning and remembering information that may give them the edge they
need to be successful.
Least? Probably what I like least about teaching is to see
students with potential squander the opportunities they have. Equally
frustrating is not having enough time to get everything done in a
What do you expect from your students? First of all, I expect students
to keep up with the work that is assigned so that in the classroom we can address
learning, not housekeeping chores. I expect students to attend every class, to
come prepared, to be alert and attentive and participate in class. If they must
miss a class, I expect students to be responsible for what they missed. I expect
students to show an interest in how they can use the study skills presented and
practice in class and to ask questions when they don't fully understand. I expect
students to be on time for class, to take notes in class, and to put forth their
best effort on every assignment and test.
What should they expect from you? Students can expect me to give an
assignment for every class period. Study skills are learned by doing, not
by talking about them. They can expect very thorough unit tests and a
comprehensive final. They can expect a review sheet for unit tests and
finals. Just as I expect students to be prepared, students can expect me
to be prepared every day. They can expect homework assignments and tests
to be returned promptly. They can expect me to be willing to take time
with them individually should they need help. They can expect from me the
respect they deserve for effort put forth.
Areas of interest outside the classroom:
I have three grandchildren with whom I enjoy spending time.
I enjoy reading, playing cards, and watching sports of all kinds.
I find traveling fascinating and travel as often as I possibly can.
I am active in my church and sing in the choir and play handbells.
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