Campus / News / May 18, 2011

Spending the summer with Knox

Knox college students do various activities, from internships to fun-packed adventures, but they hardly ever know what their professors do outside the classroom.

While students are on holiday, they can often wonder exactly what their professors are doing back on campus, speculating whether they go on exciting vacations, carry out extraordinary research or simply prepare for the upcoming academic year. However, no matter the speculations, most Knox professors participate in numerous summer programs.

Fishing for verbs

Professor of Modern Languages Caesar Akuetey is focusing more on work than recreation this upcoming summer.

“As you know, professors are never on vacation,” he said. “I have to continue my research.”

Akuetey was invited to grade Advanced Placement (AP) French exams that have been taken by high school students in Cincinnati. He explained that professors from all over the world are invited and this is the fourth time he has received this prestigious invitation.

Apart from that, he mentioned that his main project for the summer is conducting extensive research in linguistics on the verb “to be” in the ‘Ewe’ language.

Akuetey, who described himself as a fisherman by profession with teaching as his “hobby,” added that he will also be fishing at any lake or river he finds.

Balanced act

John Haslem, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), also has a lot of work on his plate. One of his foremost responsibilities is chairing the search committee to replace Jane Varakin, the academic coordinator for the CTL, who is leaving Knox in June.

Haslem will also be working closely on the CTL classes he teaches.

“I’ll be reviewing all of last years CTL programming with an eye on improving it for next year,” he said. “I hope to meet our new president and to start a new programming initiative.”

Haslem also values family time and plans to watch many of his daughter’s softball games. Other things he would like to do are writing, woodworking and digging up geodes.

Looking past Knox

“Getting outdoors and getting up on the mountains is the coolest thing I’m doing this summer,” Lecturer of Music Lynn Maxfield said.

He explained that he and his wife are looking forward to hiking and camping and meeting up with old friends in Utah, where he was granted a research position at the National Center for Voice and Speech. He will be assisting on research in areas concerning the voice. The research includes the mechanics and physics of speech and voice.

Maxfield will also be leaving Knox for the Eastern Connecticut University.

For all the professors, this summer will be a good mix of work and recreation in the three-month holiday ahead.

Ema Bassey


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