It’s hard being an educator during these times but as Dr. Phyllis Adams, a Communications professor, would say, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”
In this 5th episode, I get to talk to Dr. Phyllis Adams—one of the hardest working people I know in academe. We began by talking about her family, the people she knew, and how they inspired her.
From wanting to become a news commentator, her communications degree led her to the fulfilling path of being a professor. Listen and delight with both heart and mind as this podcast episode talks about education, the inspiring role of an educator, and the importance of cultural diversity in the class curriculum.
In this episode you will also discover:
- Who is Dr. Phyllis Denise Adams?
- Her communication degree and the career path it led her on
- Getting her first job at the University of Tennessee Space Institute
- Making a difference as a teacher
- The need to educate the masses about cultural diversity
- Writing a curriculum for a cultural diversity class
- The lessons she learned from her parents and how this influenced how Dr. Adams carries herself
- Dr. Adams’ life purpose
- Flipping the script as an educator during uncertain times
- The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on education
- The legacy Dr. Adams wants to leave 100 years from now
- “To be myself and my most authentic self, to bring it everyday—I learned that (from my parents). I also learned how to be respectful, and by being respectful that I would be respected.” (On the lessons she learned from her parents)
- “I feel that I was created to serve.”
- “I want to serve. I want to help people—to spread some joy. I’ve had so many students come to me with a lot of baggage and they think that they’re nobody; and that they’re going nowhere; and I don’t want to just accept that.”
- “I wanted to realize that there was something else going on in their lives other than just learning how to write a speech, learning theater, learning about cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. We have to first address the elephant in the room and that is how the pandemic makes you feel.”
- “Phyllis Adams—she gave life all that she had. She might not have done all that she wanted to do but it’s been a mighty good day.” (On the legacy she wants to be remembered for)