Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meet Our Faculty: Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

Associate Professor - School of Humanities
What he teaches:
English 0900 Integrated Reading & Writing I
English 0990 Integrated Reading & Writing II
English 1010 Introduction to Writing
English 1120 Introduction to English Grammar
English 2010 Intermediate Writing

Number of years teaching at SLCC:

Undergraduate degree:
History Teaching Major, TESOL Minor—Brigham Young University

Teacher Education: Literacy Emphasis—Brigham Young University

Why working at SLCC matters:
The student body at Salt Lake Community College come from diverse backgrounds. They come from all walks of life and have different beliefs and customs. They have a wide range of talents and abilities as well as challenges. SLCC offers them all a chance to move forward in life. For some it’s an opportunity for a new job, for others it’s a step to a university. Students come to learn skills, learn English and develop their talents. Our students already have so much skill, it is an honor to be able to help them on their paths.

Greatest professional challenge:
One of the greatest challenges for me is collaboration with other teachers. Most teachers, including me, become secluded in our classrooms. I guess I don’t think I have the time or maybe the desire to collaborate fully with other teachers in my department and across the institution. I think though that the more we can work together the better we become as instructors.

Greatest professional accomplishment:
My greatest accomplishments, the things that I feel most proud of, are when I see one of my students who was struggling in my class at graduation. I know that the time, effort and difficulties were all worth it.

Advice for students or others:
My advice to the students is to let your inhibitions go and get involved. In the classroom, raise your hand, answer questions, get the wrong answers, try, fail gloriously and try again. At the school, be involved, join a club, go to a game, go to an activity, be on student council, join a service learning course or do service on your own. The more you do, the more you will find meaning in your education.

Future plans:
I look forward to many more years at SLCC. I hope one day to get a PhD in children’s literacy or adult second language education. I also have a lot of ideas for books I would like to write.

I am so blessed to have a wonderful wife and eight incredible kids. I could talk about them all day. Truly they are my inspiration and joy in life. I love reading with them, playing outside, enjoying hikes and camping. They are the reason why I work as hard as I do and care as much as I care.

I enjoy being outside. I love to hike, camp, garden and play Frisbee. I also love reading fiction, writing, dancing, serving and hanging out with my family.