Q&A with Adjunct Cassandra Gersh | Communication Studies

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November 2, 2017

Q&A with Adjunct Cassandra Gersh

Q: What courses do you teach?

Small Group, Organizational Communication, and Communication and Conflict Management

Q: What are your current career goals?

I am currently the Director of Recruiting for ARMOR Wealth Management. I hope to continue to grow my skills and develop the ability to build and lead teams while teaching at the collegiate level.

Q: Did you previously study at UNT and tell us about your time here and what your academic focus was.

Yes. I received my Master's in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. I joined the university after researching the program and having several conversations with Dr. Brian Richardson. Although I was working full-time during my studies, I was provided with incredible support and guidance. I made incredible connections with individuals who inspire me to this day and formed lasting relationships while performing meaningful research and expanding my knowledge base and abilities. UNT was an incredible place to study and the diversity of the staff and course offerings made the program fun and fulfilling.

Q: How long have you been an adjunct and how long will you be here?

I have been teaching at UNT's new Frisco Campus since 2016, and I hope to teach with the department for many years to come!

Q: What do you do outside of teaching?

Other than teaching and working in recruiting, I have received my certification to become a fitness instructor, and am working on building out fitness classes. I love to travel and do everything that I can to learn more about the world. I am always doing some form of research and finding creative and innovative ways to learn and teach.

Q: Do you have a fun memory from your time at UNT you'd like to share?

I have a ton of fond memories from my time here. One thing I will remember forever is taking my students to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn about conflict patterns before during and after the Kennedy assassination. My students were incredibly engaged the entire tour and we truly bonded as a class while taking the opportunity to step back in time, reflect on our nation's history and develop ideas about how to identify pain points in society and react to them as a public. We learned a lot about each other and how we viewed the world given our histories and perceptions of events.

Q: Are you currently working on any research or projects?

Yes. I am currently research information sharing in the social media space and tying that in to improper conflict management structures. I am also helping research communication in time and space and how that affects self-talk and self worth.

Q: Is there anything you would like UNT Comm students to understand or know about adjuncts?

We love teaching! We want to make an impact with each and every one of our students. In my opinion, there is a ton of joy in sharing information and helping people learn.

Q: What is your favorite book?

How to Win Friends and Influence People