March  2008
Jody Millward

Professor / English

Has been at SBCC for 15 years.

BA - Pennsylvania State University

MA - UCSB, English

PhD - UCSB, English

Interview with Jody Millward :

What teaching tip or counseling advice do you have for other faculty?

Like Kathy Molloy, I steal tips from others.

What careers or jobs did you have before working at SBCC?

I was an all night waitress, hotel maid, worked in a steel mill, and others I’ve forgotten or tried to forget.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?

It’s difficult to just pick one influential teacher, but to name a few: Larry Willson, brilliant, never stopped reading, witty, and difficult; Ann Pidgeon, straight  forward, common sense advice about teaching, and supportive of all her students; Mark Ferrer who knows everything but is modest, kind and the model of integrity.

What is your favorite student line or excuse?

I didn’t know we weren’t allowed to turn in essays from “save-your-grade” in this class. I put my own name on it!

What are you reading now?

Elizabeth Knox’s “The Vinter’s Luck” and “Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake.”

What do you love about your job?

CAP program, watching students improve, and stealing ideas from colleagues.

What has been your greatest accomplishment and/or challenge?

Public speaking --- don’t like it, but do it if it helps support students, programs, or research.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?

I’m the quiet one in my family.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I’m always happy when I’m around water—swimming, on a boat, or just walking.

What historical figure would you most want to meet?

Many, but if I have to choose, I’d pick Eleanor Roosevelt.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Nanty-Glo, PA.

What is your personal motto?

My father, a coal miner, always said, “Work like you’re getting paid for it,” and that’s stuck with me.