COM0014 Blog Post 5: Personal Brand

My name is William Hennessy. I am an educator and professor of communications with a passion for teaching and learning, traveling, science fiction, and spending time with family and friends.

Colleagues have described me as a dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable team-player with a high level of personal integrity. One quality that distinguishes me from my peers is my desire to always be the best teacher that I can be for my students.

As Professor of Communications at the University of Guelph’s Kemptville Campus, staff and students took it pretty hard when news came that the campus would be closing in 2015. Despite this tragic loss of jobs and future learning opportunities, I re-doubled my efforts and strove to uphold the high-quality education being provided on campus to my students who had to finish their program. With all of the negative media and uncertainty surrounding the campus, it was important to me to ensure that learning would continue for my students.

My efforts resulted in being awarded the highest-possible performance rating by my supervisors, a student evaluation rating of 91%, and a recognition by the Ontario Agricultural College for being the first instructor at its 3 regional campuses (Kemptville, Alfred, Ridgetown) to incorporate Twitter into the course curriculum.

I truly enjoy being in the classroom with my students, where I learn from them as much as they learn from me. I employ a Community of Practice approach when shaping the learning environment.  I believe that we all learn best when we can share our personal and unique lived experiences, perspectives and ideas, which transforms not only our classroom, but the way we see the world.

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