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Faculty Focus: Jo Dumas

by on November 14, 2012 6:00 AM

The Faculty Focus feature is a new, weekly question-and-answer spotlight on the administrators, instructors and all Penn State employees who keep the university running.

This week, Laura Nichols spoke with Jo Dumas, a senior lecturer in the College of Communications in film-video and media studies. Her teaching career began at Penn State, and she's since become very popular with classes like COMM 205: Women, Minorities and the Media. 

What brought you to Penn State? 

"Well, it's interesting. I had worked as an electrical engineer, actually, in broadcast television for years and my husband had come out here for a guest professor position for a short period of time, two semesters, and he actually fell in love with teaching and I realized the job that I loved would give me a leave to do graduate work. 

"So, I came here to earn a Master's, then I earned a doctorate and by that time, I had also fallen in love with teaching, so I came out here to teach after my degrees here." 

Catch the full interview, including Professor Dumas' thoughts on the 20 women elected to the United States Senate in the 2012 general election: 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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