New English Instructor Strives To Improve Students’ Writing Skills

By Brittany Gilliam Sears
Staff Writer

tv_News 10dbMONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas welcomes a new instructor of English.

   Travis Nicholson, one of the newest members to UAM’s English department, joined the staff after accepting a part-time position as an adjunct instructor.

   “Early in the semester though, a member of the English faculty was dismissed. Dean Spencer asked me to step up and take over those vacated classes,” Nicholson said.

   Nicholson received his bachelor’s degree from UAM in 2010 and recently completed the master’s program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

   Nicholson balances teaching five classes while finishing up his final year of screenwriting.

   Nicholson said he also wrote a play about UAM called “100 years of Opportunity for Comedy.” He said the play was performed a couple of years ago during the centennial celebration.

   “I also recently completed my first novel, The Blackhaven Archives, which is currently being reviewed by a New York publisher. I’d like to write some more books and screenplays,” Nicholson said.

   Nicholson looks forward to continue teaching at UAM.

   “I want to prepare as many students as I can for their upper level classes. Students need a strong foundation in writing skills and critical thinking to succeed in any degree program UAM offers,” Nicholson said. “My goal is to do my part to make the next generation stronger readers and writers.

   Nicholson said he takes time to get to know people and never meets a stranger. He said this translates well into teaching because he tries to get acquainted with his students on a personal level.

   Freshman Mickaela Carmeans said Nicholson really gets to know his students.

   According to Carmeans, Nicholson doesn’t mind staying after hours to help students with material they don’t understand.

   “He is easy to talk to, and I have learned a lot in his class. He just is an all around great teacher,” Carmeans said.

   Reagan Dye, an English major, said she has known Nicholson for many years.

   “I think he is an excellent candidate for his position. Travis has always put his all into his work, be it scholastic or vocational,” Dye said. “Travis is prolifically punctual, engaging, intelligent, wise, and I cannot begin to express the depth of his warmth and kindness.

   Dye said UAM could not have found a better candidate for the job.

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