Currently in her first year as director of Elgin Community College’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Elizabeth “Liddy” Hope, PhD, describes herself as a teacher for the teachers. Having taught at ECC as a unit adjunct faculty member in sociology since 2011 (and at nine institutions total since 1998), Hope is well-prepared to serve ECC faculty.
ECC was Hope’s first experience teaching at a community college, and she remembers well what it was like to be the new person on campus.
“As an adjunct teaching only one class (at the time), I was on campus just a couple of times those first two weeks,” she said. “I had a lot of confusion about technology, and where the cafeteria was, but I was really impressed with the new faculty orientation for adjuncts. ECC is the only place where I have worked that ever had an orientation for part-time faculty.”
Becoming CETL director allowed Hope to re-learn the college. She spent her first weeks in that position meeting people, listening to them, learning what they do, and exploring ECC. Several months into her job, she continues to be pleasantly surprised.
“Truly, there are times I head into a meeting and discover a whole new section of ECC, and a whole new group of people,” she said. “The sheer talent on this campus is incredible!”
We caught up with Hope to learn more about her life and her work at ECC. Here is what she had to say.
In your words, what do you do at ECC?
I support faculty. My job and the job of CETL is to help faculty members access resources to continue to be great teachers. That could include formalized workshops and training, but it also includes one-to-one support in the form of brainstorming, classroom management, etc.
If faculty members need it for teaching, CETL will do it.
What are the first priorities that you wish to accomplish at ECC?
To hear and understand what issues faculty members across campus are facing so that CETL can really support them with programming that is both needed and wanted.
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
I would relabel or rename the family bathrooms to be more transgender welcoming and gender neutral. I also would enjoy seeing both ECC and the greater higher education community from Dr. Sam’s perspective.
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Tina Fey; I think she’d look great as a blonde!
What’s on your “bucket list?”
Running a marathon. My wife and I are tackling this in July!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’m a very active person. I run, bike and watch a lot of rugby. To be honest, I really do the first two so I can indulge in my favorite hobby—cooking and eating. I also have two teenage daughters, so being with them is really most of how I spend my time outside of work.
Where was the best place you’ve traveled to? Or, where would you like to visit?
My mom is from a little town in England and we spent summers there when I was growing up. It was a great place to be a kid. I can’t wait for my wife to see Wallingford. Also, I am currently daydreaming about visiting China.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
I love to laugh and I have a very dry and wicked sense of humor. In fact, I treat sarcasm as an art form—and it is totally OK to tell me if I’ve offended you.
What’s something about your job that others should know?
Hmm…I’m still figuring out the job too! Given that, others should know I’m very open to ideas and suggestions.
What would be your “theme song?”
Probably Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket.”
What was your favorite class in school?
My favorite classes were always theory, all through college and graduate school. Also, theory is one of my favorite things to teach.
What was your first job out of school?
I worked at a group home for adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities. It was one of the best jobs I have ever had. I also worked as an electrician for my dad at the same time. This was probably one of the worst jobs I had, but I learned a whole lot!
What quote best describes your philosophy?
“Work hard. Play harder.” — Unknown
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