Change Can Be Invigorating

Sep 26, 2012

Dr. Snead“Everyone has a passion for something. Mine is teaching.” Dr. Ken Snead is a visiting professor from Bowling Green State University. This sabbatical from BGSU will be his first time teaching a full year at another institution.

Coming from a school the size of BGSU, Heidelberg can be quite a shock, but Dr. Snead is loving his experience. “The change is invigorating,” he said. “Working with new faculty members, meeting new students, and being on such a beautiful campus is exciting.”

Dr. Snead is teaching the business classes such as Principles of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and the MBA program Managerial Accounting class. He works on both Heidelberg’s Tiffin and Arrowhead Park campuses. Heidelberg class sizes are not quite what he’s used to. “Having only nine students in a class is very rare for me,” he said. “It’s an honor and responsibility to walk into a classroom.”

In his spare time, Dr. Snead stays busy with grandkids and OSU and Bengals football. That much hasn’t changed.

Dr. JonesDr. Karen Jones also changed her classroom setting for the year, but she made a career change into higher ed. Dr. Jones spent the last 13 years teaching middle school. “It was time to switch it up, but I knew I wanted to stay in education,” she said. “Becoming a college professor was the logical next step.”

Her first week teaching at Heidelberg made her realize she made the right decision. “The difference is huge,” she said. “Classes are quieter, I’m not rushing everywhere, and I’m treated as a professional.”

This year Dr. Jones is teaching Intro to Education, Adolescent Psychology, Master’s Research Practicum and an Education seminar (student teaching). She is also the faculty mentor for eight students, including being an honors student project mentor. “I love watching students develop into what they want to be,” she said.

Dr. Jones is anxious to get involved in both the Heidelberg and Tiffin communities. “I’m transferring my YMCA membership so I can continue my swimming lessons.”