Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Darlene Hall
Current title: Associate Professor of History
Campus Address: 310 College Hall
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440-375-7176
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
Meadville Area Senior High (MASH), Meadville, Pa, class of 1975;
1976-77 – Dubois Campus of Penn State University, major in wildlife technology
1983-1989 Edin University of PA; first majored in earth sciences, then switched to a history major; BA in history
1989-1992 MA in British history, Penn State University, main campus
1992-1998 PhD in European history, Penn State University, main campus
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
British History (Scotland and England), beginnings to 1814, British and American maritime and naval history, European maritime and naval history, Roman history
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
I liked the idea of teaching small classes at a small liberal arts college, where the students and I could get to know one another better, and where I would know the faculty from all departments and disciplines. Students can get far more individual attention and there are more opportunities for mentoring at smaller schools. The campus is a nice one, as is the small-town setting, and no one is just a number here.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
I think passing along knowledge—concepts, ideas and information—is one of the more valuable things a person can do. Doing so in person is far more rewarding than through books and articles.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
See one of the previous questions.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
The clichés about history are clichés because they are true. If you don’t know the past, you are doomed to make the same mistakes, and if you don’t know where you’ve been, you won’t see where you’re going. There is also nothing new under the sun.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
The past is alive, and if you want to see where you’re going, you have to look behind you. History can also be a series of stories, and the reality is always better than anything made up. By the way, most science fiction and fantasy writers borrow heavily from history.
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
One of my best students was accepted into the graduate program for history at another school; that was great. But seeing any of "my” students graduate is very cool.
Q10: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?
Thinking critically enough to understand that there is more than one side to most issues, but also to understand that not every side is equally valid. One must still be able to apply logical standards.
Q11: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
Everyone has always lived in the modern era, regardless of time or place.
Q12: How do you interact with students outside of class?
Generally in casual settings—lunch, dinners, pizza and movies