Faculty Pay Forward Their Wilkes Experience in the Classroom
By Helen Kaiser, additional reporting and research by Francisco Tutella and Bill Thomas ’13
Wilkes was—and is—a comfortable place. “Faculty talked to you like you were made to be here,” she says, recalling her student days.
She’s not alone. For about three dozen faculty members who earned their undergraduate degrees here, there’s just something about the university that creates a striking affinity—so striking that it drew them back to campus to continue the relationship with their alma mater.
Matthew Sowcik ’00, assistant professor in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership – who served as student government president during his undergraduate days – says, “I have seen many wonderful universities, but this has always been home to me. The things I love about it have always just felt right . . .”
These faculty are forging links with today’s generation of students in hopes of giving back some of what they received when they were students. They remember the positive experiences they had with accessible professors in a welcoming atmosphere.
Unanimously, the returnees recalled faculty who made a difference in their lives and inspired them to achieve success in their careers. Now, they emulate them in their own approach to teaching today’s students.
Several of these alumni share thoughts about their return – and about the “aha moment” when they knew college teaching was their calling.