Q&A with Teaching Assistant Cotton Hensley | Communication Studies

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November 9, 2017

Q&A with Teaching Assistant Cotton Hensley

Q: What courses do you teach or assist with?

A: Communication Perspectives (3010), and Public Advocacy (2140)

Q: What are your current academic / career goals?

A: Getting my master's is the first goal, but I'm pursuing my PhD to eventually become a researcher and professor.

Q: What has been the greatest reward of being a TA?

A: Teaching a writing course has not only improved my writing, but also opened me up to all of my students' interests.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge of being a TA?

A: The workload is no joke. I schedule when I can eat and shower.

To put it into perspective, I'm taking three classes, then teaching and grading three more classes for 100 other students.

Q: As an undergrad, had you always considered graduate school?

A: No. I enjoyed grant writing, and felt I could pursue that at a non-profit organization, but it just didn't work out.

Q: What projects or research are you currently working on?

A: I'm finishing up my thesis on the local fracking ban that happened a couple of years ago. I'm also working on making curriculum that teaches folks about local governments and how to get involved.

Q: Are you involved with any other extracurriculars at UNT?

A: I'll affiliated with UNT Improv Comedy Club, and I also enjoy the Graduate Student Council.

Q: How long have you been a TA?

A: Two whole years. Wow, I just had that realization.

Q: What are your plans after graduating?

A: I'm hoping to continue teaching while I apply for PhD programs. If I get accepted somewhere I'll start next Fall

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: If you put chicken in anything I will eat it, but I have a weakness for chicken stew.