Teacher Feature: Jonathan Joy of Communication

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In the fall of 2011, the Department of Communication welcomed a new, young professor to its staff: a professor who received his bachelor’s in broadcast communications from Westminster College in 2003 and a master’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Clarion University in 2011. He is a man who says he has “an excessive amount of Michael Jordan memorabilia from my childhood and teenage years.”
This man of many hats is Mr. Jonathan Joy.
Joy is no stranger to the Clarion community. A Clarion native, Joy is not only a prominent face on campus, but also a friend and a coach to others.
In addition to his teaching position on  the Clarion campus, Joy is also an assistant coach for a boys’ basketball team at Redbank Valley High School located in New Bethlehem.
When it comes to his students, he loves those who push him as a teacher and are inquisitive. He “[wants] their minds to absorb as much information as possible,” and to “exhaust everything that I have inside my head.”
Many communication students enjoy his classes, and can often be seen laughing at a “punny” joke, or looking excited to get out on the field using high quality camera equipment to complete an assignment.
“I teach in a department with communication in its title. It is a word taken for granted. I can’t, and won’t, let it happen on my watch. There are many modes of communication and a breakdown is detrimental to my process of education,” said Joy.
Joy said he appreciates teaching students as much as he does coaching them.
“The game has a profound effect on me – Go Bulldogs – and I hope to pass the same energy onto the players,” he said.
He said he wants to “see each player succeed on and off the court, striving to be better men in all facets of life like family, community and school.”
Joy also coachers because of “Team! I love the camaraderie and team aspect.”
He said the sport requires an individual to “trust teammates on both ends of the floor (offense and defense). To me it is a beautiful sport. To rely on a cliché – it is poetry in motion. It requires an immense amount of athleticism, discipline and a touch of finesse.”
Although getting to see the boys execute so much knowledge and mental toughness on the court can be rewarding, Joy said, “[The game] demands focus, and with it can come success – it never waivers. No competitor likes to lose but success is about moving forward, next play mentally. Our team was faced with adversary this week, but we overcame it.”
Joy is continuing on his road to success. Coming this fall, he will be pursing his terminal degree. He doesn’t have a family or crowd to cheer him on his way, but standing by his side along the way “is a kind, understanding and strong woman. Women of her stature don’t come along too often. I plan to keep her and [be in this relationship] for a very, very long time.”
Joy said he hopes many students achieve their dreams in or out of his classroom or court.
“Find time to read everyday, appreciate moments of silence, never go a day without music, find humor in odd situations and a special note to my communication students – Don’t ever sell back your Temporal Media textbook. It is an invaluable resource.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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