EKU instructor, Caroline Reid believes in relationship building and taking an active part in her student’s educational experience. She goes above and beyond to ensure her online students have opportunities to interact and engage with her. Reid’s personal attention and dedication to helping students prepare to make their mark in the field makes her a particular point of pride on EKU’s campuses, both in-person and virtual. We take great pride in offering the chance to get to know her a little better.
What brought you to EKU?
I came to EKU because it is a smaller University where students and professors really get to know each other. I knew that I would love being here and I do. It is a great place to work and teach.
Tell us a little about your work in your field.
I worked in community mental health for at least 15 years–with kids, teens and adults. I worked in inpatient, outpatient and residential facilities. I also had several federally funded research projects including drug and alcohol prevention, and projects to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM.
What moment at EKU stands out as most memorable?
I am directionally challenged and when I came to EKU on my first day of work, I parked somewhere that was quite far from my office. I had no idea how to get to my office. I saw what appeared to be a kind face and asked a lady if she could help me find my office. She not only told me how to get there but walked with me (out of her way) all the way to the front door of my office. I later learned that she was the Chief Financial Officer for EKU–a pretty high-up position! Her kindness re-affirmed for me that this was going to be a great place to work, and I was right!
What is your approach to online teaching?
I try to create an atmosphere that is supportive to students. I try not to overwhelm students by selecting only essential and key readings and try to make sure that the work they do is meaningful and impactful. I try to get to know my students and encourage them to do their best work by giving concrete feedback.
What tactics or approaches do you use to aid in your student’s success?
I think just letting students know that you care about them (and I do) goes a long way in making students feel that they matter. We cannot just take it for granted that they know we care–we have to show that in our communications with them.
What do you believe are the biggest advantages to online learning?
The flexibility of learning at your own pace is a big plus. It is amazing that you might have a student in California and here we are in Kentucky yet, we can grow and learn together.
What have you been up to lately? (Research, projects, awards, etc.)
I recently completed an 8-year long project on Social Justice in Appalachia. My experience culminated in a special issue in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.
What advice would you give to someone who’s considering finishing their degree, or starting for the first time as an adult?
It is never too late to begin again! Starting college later in life is a big advantage–you have lived! You have life experience that has informed your thinking. You are mature and motivated. I love working with adult learners and welcome you to take any of my courses.
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