"Tilework at Florida Botanical Gardens" by Barbara B. Nixon

An Open Note to All of Prof. Nixon’s Students:

Welcome back to our Communication Department at Southeastern University; I hope your Christmas break was a blessed one. I spent a lot of much-needed time with family.

Syllabi for my two Spring 2012 on-campus classes are available at my Scribd site. If a syllabus is updated during the semester, you’ll find out in class, and the current version will always be available at Scribd.

Materials for COMM 3333 Journalism (Online Class)

Materials for COMM 4333 Writing for Public Relations and Advertising

Materials for COMM 4633 Social Media for Public Relations and Journalism

Getting Inside My Head

So that we can make the most of this semester, please (Please, PLEASE) take some time to read through the blog posts I’ve included here. I promise you, it will be well worth your time. (How often do professors let you get inside their heads, letting you know their tips for success and their pet peeves?)

Additionally, here are a few more tips:

  • When communicating with me via e-mail (or Facebook), always put your course number (such as COMM 4333) in the subject line to help me immediately identify who you are and frame your questions or comments. Do your best to write in full sentences, paying attention to standard English grammar and spelling. Always sign your e-mails with your first and last name, as your e-mail address will not make that readily apparent to me.
  • When submitting an assignment in BlackBoard, always put your last name as part of the file name, and also include your name in the document itself. Papers submitted without your last name as part of the file name cannot earn full credit.
  • If an assignment is due in BlackBoard, the only way to get full credit for the assignment is to submit it in BlackBoard. (E-mailing an assignment to me can be risky; I receive 250+ e-mails a day, and there’s a chance I will not even see it in my inbox.)
  • Follow me on Twitter, if you really want to get inside my head. (What’s Twitter?)

Let’s make this a great semester together!

(PS: If you’re one of my Spring 2012 students reading this post, please leave a reply to this post so that I can know you have read it. If your reply doesn’t show up immediately, no worries — I may need to approve it before it appears, if you’ve never commented on my blog before.)


16 Responses to Arrive, Survive and Thrive in Prof. Nixon’s Classes, Spring 2012 Edition

  1. Mylon Bunce says:

    Great information. Not something you will get from every professor. Thanks.

  2. Cynthia Melendez-Flynn says:

    Thanks for all the information Professor Nixon! I’m looking forward to this class!

  3. andrew thevin says:

    Scooby Dooby Doo! 🙂

  4. Deborah Oliveira says:

    LOVE your link to that poem “Did I miss anything important last class? I wasn’t here.” If I were a teacher I would spend my time off trying to come up with crazy answers to that question. Thanks!


  5. Jillian Reid says:

    Prof. Nixon,
    Thank you so much for truly allowing us to get to know you and to feel more at ease entering this course. I feel like I will learn so many things through this course and can’t wait to get started! I’m ready!

  6. Lindsey Shedd says:

    This was very helpful and the “getting inside my head” section was great to read! Looking forward to class!

  7. Jordyn Roe says:

    Glad I got to see you today and looking forward to class on Thursday 🙂

  8. Benjamin Herrman says:

    Looking forward to this semester!

  9. Maisie Katterhenry says:

    Prof. Nixon,
    Unfortunately I have already managed to annoy you, according to your post, “Shhh. Here are Nine Ways to Annoy Prof. Nixon.” I just emailed you (prior to reading your blog) without including my class name and number in the subject. Oops. Hopefully I can redeem myself over the next semester. Thank you for sharing this blog with us!

  10. Molly Dodd says:

    Professor Nixon,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this informative [and entertaining] blog post! I really appreciate you as a Professor because you really do take the time and care about each of your students. I now know more than ever before about your teaching style, and “How NOT to fail” your course! I will see you in Writing for PR and Advertising! Enjoy the rest of your break!

  11. Liz says:

    I am in both writing for PR and Social media and I am excited to learn more about PR!

  12. Courtney Marshall says:

    Looking foreward to this class! Thanks for all the info!

  13. Sarah Minerella says:

    Thank you Professor Nixon! Looking forward to the class!

  14. I’m looking forward to another class with you!

  15. I’ve had the pleasure of taking one of your classes every semester since I started at SEU! Let’s go out with a bang, shall we? 🙂

  16. Looking forwards to another semester in one of your classes, Barbara! My last PR class at SEU!!!