Teacher of the Week: Deborah Sarbin of English Department

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The common English professor that any student would expect to meet is most likely to have pursued a degree in English composition, grammar, or anything along the lines of writing, typically.
Professor Deborah Sarbin is one of the few who has broken such a societal norm. Sarbin has been teaching at Clarion University for 20 years this upcoming fall.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in French and Political Science and then her doctorate degree in 20th Century American and British Literature as well as Irish Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
With so many different areas of expertise and knowledge, it is no wonder that some may refer to her as a wearer of many hats.
Sarbin teaches a variety of courses, some that students might be surprised to learn she teaches. Over the past several years, she has dived into freshman writing courses, short stories, contemporary British Literature, editing, introduction for English major and many more.
“I teach a wide spectrum of classes from contemporary 17th century literature, poetry, plays, short stories, love stories, almost anything” Sarbin said, smiling as she looked around her filled book shelves, brimming with novels and plays.
One of the best things that she said she has seen regarding her teacher career is the “politeness of the students and their willingness to work. It is amazing how students come to class and want to do their best.”
She added, “I see many students juggling one or two jobs, a family and school. I am very impressed on how students are preparing for the future and are willing to put in the extra effort.”
Sarbin’s heart is one of an adventurer, as can be seen in her many interests.
She completed a study abroad term in France and hopes to travel throughout Europe. As of recently, she has visited 27 out of the 50 states and hopes to travel to at least one new place every summer.
She added, “No matter where I traveled or studied, I found myself taking literature classes. I love the imagination that I find in many of the novels that I read and study.
“Many of my favorite lit authors draw upon things from his or her own life. I love transposing these works, such as looking into the rhythm and metaphors in poetry.”
Sarbin has high hopes and aspirations for the students in her classes.
She said, “I am not about a long 45-minute lecture. I like to hear the student’s voices and have them present their ideas. I find that some student learn better with hands-on activities or by talking to others. I often have my students free write at the beginning of class to get creativity flowing.”
She concluded with, “I plan to create seminars for the students to participate in and express their creativity. Through group work and discussion I have found that students learn a lot. I sometimes find myself learning a lot with them.”[/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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