The Professor Chronicles: Alicia Moore
July 09, 2020
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching, either at the elementary or postsecondary level, for 30 years.
How long have you been at Southwestern?
I have been happily teaching at Southwestern University for 17 wonderful and fulfilling years. It has been a dream come true and one that I aspired to when I was still an undergraduate student! I have always wanted to teach teachers to teach! Here, I am living my dream.
What inspired you to become a university professor?
As a four-year-old, I lined up my dolls and stuffed animals, took roll, and taught class intently and often. Even as a young child, I was passionate about knowledge and the benefits I felt it held for my toys. As I grew, I realized that I possessed an impassioned sense of commitment for education itself and about what I felt education meant for our world, nation, state, and society.
What is something your students would be surprised to know about you?
First of all, I listen to hip-hop/rap and have for many years. Second, I am a true introvert, and I am very nervous to stand before my class and begin each semester. Third, I graduated from high school when I was 16 years old. Fourth, I was once a cheerleader, gymnast, and bodybuilder. Finally, I was one of 15 historians in the country invited to the White House in 2013.
When not working, you can find me …
This is rare. Once I am on campus, I am working until late at night, but when not on campus, I am involved in community engaged learning activities through several organizations of which I am a member.
If you could have a drink at the Cove with anyone in the world, living or dead, what would the beverage be, who would the person be, and why?
I would want to talk to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I would ask him about his take on today’s political climate, his selflessness during his struggle for equality, and his thoughts about the entitlement that many feel today that deters their commitment to advocacy, protest, and altruistic endeavors. My beverage would be a vanilla milkshake.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
My superpower name would be Advocacy Alicia, and I would travel the world teaching people ways to advocate for populations that need assistance (including animals). My advocacy would also include a substance that abates prejudice, bias, hatred, and bullying.
When you reflect on your time at Southwestern, what comes to mind?
Thoughts of collegiality, student organizations, lasting relationships with students, and the opportunity to continue to explore my passion of teaching prospective teachers the strategies that will be conducive to their success, as well as the success of their students and their students’ families.