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Professor believes students feel pressured

Angelene Jamison-Hall, professor of African and African-American studies, worries that her students may live in "a lonelier world" than students did in years past. "A lot of students drive to campus, go to class and then hurry off to work. I don't know how they do it," she says.

"I tell my students they have way too much going on in their lives. Their jobs and family responsibilities don't allow them sufficient time to really think through and enjoy their college learning."

Angelene Jamison-Hall

"I love teaching," says Angelene Jamison-Hall, after nearly 37 years as a professor, "and I love everything that goes with working with students and working with the creative material I teach."

Jamison-Hall also worried about students in the early years of her career. "There were not many black students at UC in the '70s," she recalls. "They would frequently come talk with me, and not just about class work. They felt isolated here. They needed someone at UC to let them know you understood what they were going through."

Today, with e-mail and voice messaging, students usually catch up with her electronically or talk with her after class. They can depend on the professor to treat them with respect -- and she expects the same from them. "When respect is reciprocal, we can get a lot accomplished," she says.

Jamison-Hall served as African-American studies department head from 1981-87. During her career she has developed a score of courses in African-American literature, drama and culture. She received the A. B. (Dolly) Cohen Award in 2002.


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