The addition of Dr. Rose Mary Stiffin as a Freelance Columnist for Empower Magazine has definitely added significantly to our EM Brand. Dr. Stiffin, an associate professor at Florida Memorial University, provides some very genuine and enlightening responses below in her recent Q&A session with the EM Editor-in-Chief.
1. What do you enjoy most about living in Florida and serving on the faculty at Florida Memorial University?
I have lived in Florida almost 15 years. As a chair and faculty member here at Florida Memorial University, what I enjoy most is graduating a freshman who then goes on to graduate/professional school. I have seen this several times over and am very proud of what we do here!
2. What is your position at FMU? And, what is your philosophy on effectively impacting the lives of your students?
I am the Chair of Health and Natural Sciences. I am very committed to providing a learning environment that is rigorous; yet, one that enables the student to pursue learning. I have various assessment strategies to assess student learning independent of the students’ learning styles. I treat my students with respect. For all my classes, I pride myself on learning the names of all my students and treating each student as an individual. I never address them by their first names; they are always Mr. or Miss. When students recognize my commitment to their erudition, they embrace the importance of their own education.
3. What do you get the greatest joy out of in life?
Knowing I am appreciated for all my efforts.
4. Do you have any hobbies and leisure time activities that you would like to share with the EM readers?
I have written three novels. I encourage the readers to purchase them, read them, and let others know about them, and to write reviews. The novels are Walk in Bethel, Reflections, and Groovin’ on the Half Shell.
5. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what is at the top of the list?
Visit Australia. I have been fascinated by the aboriginal culture for decades. I think that as a race, there may be few left. Of course, I am not sure, which is why I would like to visit this country and continent.
6. Based on your life experiences, what are some specific areas in which you believe you have gained the highest degree of insight, experience and expertise?
As a child who was literally raised in a cotton field, my education has been the highest degree of earned insight and experience.
7. Is there anything else you would like the EM readers to know about you?
Single and looking! Is that over sharing?
Up Close and Personal with Dr. Rose Mary Stiffin (EM Freelance Columnist)