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Greg Hlavaty, College Professor

By Elizabeth VanMetre

Just one year after graduating with an English degree in 2008, Greg Hlavaty has found himself lecturing, with a permanent position, at Elon University. He owes his success to his professional and creative writing classes at Western Carolina University. Hlavaty uses the skills that were built and perfected at WCU to write and edit every day.

Professional experiences are fulfilling

Not only does he have a stable job at Elon, he also has had fulfilling teaching experiences. Hlavaty speaks about a recent student who had "poor academic performance but was an excellent athlete." Hlavaty saw so much potential in the boy that he continued to force him to do his work. By the end of the semester the student had raised his grade of an "F" to a "B," and told Hlavatgy that if he had not pushed him so hard "he would have failed out of school."

Hlavaty explains that just because someone majors in English does not mean they have to do something directly relating to it. "English is handy for learning to write, thinking critically, and discussing complex ideas," he explains.  "These valuable skills are important in a number of careers."


These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.