First Year Faculty Thoughts

Jeremy Fyke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and Corporate Communication

BA Communication Studies, Texas State University (2005)
MA Organizational Communication, Texas State University (2007)
Ph.D. Organizational Communication, Purdue University (2011)

Reflecting on my first semester, three words come to mind: collegiality, uniqueness, and commitment. First, I was struck by the friendly spirit at Belmont, from all around campus and specifically within my department and college. This extends to faculty as well as students. I have been treated with a great amount of respect, and felt valued and welcomed with warm southern hospitality. It started with being introduced at the Board of Trustees meeting in August and continued into the semester. In the classroom, I’ve enjoyed the students and their kindness and civility. From my first day of classes, they made an effort to welcome me to the community. Second, Belmont is unique. From the moment someone performed an original song at the Board of Trustees meeting I knew this was a special place. Throughout the semester I enjoyed getting to know the students and their varied interests. In my previous institution, I just wasn’t used to someone being a corporate communication major with musical aspirations. It’s so interesting and exciting to watch them pursue their dreams. Finally, Belmont knows who it is and stays committed to that. Universities are great at saying they value things–such as teaching–but, simply put, where you put your resources is what you value. I’ve been impressed by how much emphasis and energy is placed on quality teaching, and giving us the tools to succeed. I’m looking forward to many more semesters to come!