Joshua Woods

Associate Professor of English

Joshua Woods
Main Campus
Library, L 224

Year Hired

Master of Fine Arts in English: Creative Writing – Fiction, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois
Bachelor of Fine Arts in English: Creative Writing, University of Evansville, Indiana

Associate of Arts, Henderson Community College, Kentucky 

Awards & Recognitions 
2012 Nominated for the Pushcart Prize
2013 Kaskaskia College Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award
2014 Nominated for the Pushcart Prize

Student Organizations
The Writer's Guild Sponsor

What are your goals as a teacher at Kaskaskia College? - I believe that my students have the right to access certain key features of a good class, and my goal is to offer that access as fully as possible while remaining loyal to the course requirements and to my own teaching style. Those key features, as I see them, are as follows:

  • First, clarified and structured concepts and skills
  • Second, intellectual and creative challenges
  • Third, great texts and masterful examples
  • Fourth, lively and welcoming delivery and interaction

If we had a chance to talk with any of our former students, what would they tell us about you and your classes? - Multiple students have written to me after taking my courses - Sometimes they have written to me anonymously while still in my courses—and they have said that I have helped them regain confidence in their writing, that I have helped them gain an actual interest in reading and learning when before they had just been going through the motions in school, that I have challenged them ways they have found beneficial, and that I “did exactly what [they] needed someone to do: Care about what [they] thought, whether that was in class, on a paper…whatever.” I think perhaps that my students have said these types of things because I simply strive for a relationship that allows students to reveal their best and to see the rewards of their efforts. I am of course happy when this leads them to say that I have inspired them, but I am far happier when they realize that their own progress has led them to inspire themselves.

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