To continue with our new professor introductions, here is Professor Andrew Barnes, who is an experienced debater. Read on to hear more about his interests and experience at JMU so far!
1. What are you looking forward to most here at JMU?
Working with exceptional faculty who are amazingly supportive of my own development.
2. Do you have any class you hope to teach here?
I have an extensive background in argumentation and debate. Of course Dr. Davis teaches our public debate class but there are other courses that speak to my expertise such as argumentation and persuasion. I am tentatively slotted to teach persuasion in the spring and I am very excited about that opportunity.
3. Have you found anything that is different here at JMU compared to other universities?
Yes. I believe that James Madison is an exceptional place to teach and work as a result of our focus on the student. That focus does not just benefit students. A focus that places students at the center of the university has a rippling effect that makes possible a variety of support networks on campus – from the CFI to mentorship – for individual instructors and professors to develop their pedagogy and hone their craft through a series of best practices. And students recognize and respond well to this approach thereby enriching the relationship and learning opportunities for both student and faculty member.
4. Did you find any fun places around Harrisonburg yet?
There is so much to do but I think one of the best kept secrets is the Water Park at Massanutten. It is particularly great for families but I could imagine having a great time there as a student. A great time can also be had at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Staunton. Otherwise, I just try to get out there and experience the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.
5. Any fun hobbies?
I love being outdoors (despite my allergies!) and enjoy skiing in the winter, sailing and cycling in the summer and hiking anytime I can regardless of the weather.
Leave a welcome message for Professor Barnes below and be sure to say hi if you see him in Harrison! His office is located in the basement of Roop (G4) if you would like to stop by as well.