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Summer Faculty Spotlight: Nicola Mason, College of Education

Nicola Mason

At EKU, our faculty are dedicated instructors who place student success above all else.  Summer faculty are no exception! The Summer Faculty Spotlight series will highlight outstanding summer faculty across all six colleges.  Meet Nicola Mason, associate professor in the College of Education. Mason will be teaching an elementary education course this summer. 

What courses are you teaching this summer? 

ELE 826 – Integrated Arts, Humanities, and Practical Living

Have you taught summer courses before? How many times? 

Yes, every summer since I came to EKU 10 years ago. I love teaching in the summer.

How do your summer courses look different from your fall and spring courses? 

Summer courses are all remote, they have flexible deadlines and I make myself available via cell phone and email any day or time. Traditional courses in the fall and spring usually include office hours for students to access faculty. Because summer weather is so welcoming, student video and other visual submissions often include the sun, beach, or socializing outside. I love submissions that include family, friends, and pets. It gives me a snapshot of student’s in their own environment. 

How have you seen students be successful through taking summer courses? 

They often work ahead and engage in thoughtful online discussions. 

How might a College of Ed student benefit from taking summer courses? 

It’s a great time to catch up on course work or work ahead.  

What advice would you give to a summer student taking your class? 

Take time to familiarize yourself with Blackboard and the structure of the modules early in the course. Check your email regularly.  Communicate with your professor if you need to work ahead or catch up because of summer activities-- most instructors are very understanding. 

Published on May 13, 2021

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