Fall Semester 2011: The Hardest Part Is Now…

It’s one month to go as we count down to the start of the fall semester at Rider University where I teach as an adjunct in the communication and journalism department. I’ll be teaching COM106 Writing for the Communication Professions and COM240 Public Relations this semester. I’ve taught both of these courses before, but I always “start fresh” each time I teach a class, so it’s time to finalize plans for both courses. For me, the hardest part of each semester is the planning phase (which is now). Meeting and working with my classes throughout the semester is generally easy and fun (well, usually… I guess we’ll see if this proves true again this semester!).

I’ll be writing the syllabus for each course over the next few weeks: scheduling projects; reaching out to possible guest speakers; and planning what I hope will be some educational and fun activities for everyone. I like to inject as much creativity, freedom and educational independence as possible into each of my classes.

Do you have any suggestions for me? Or would you like to speak to one of my classes (if you’re in the Lawrenceville, New Jersey area this fall — or maybe via Skype if you’re long-distance)? Let me know by commenting here, or tweet me @kathymagrino.

Thanks for reading and, until next time, enjoy the remainder of your summer if you’re in the northern hemisphere 😉 !



  1. Hi Kathy,

    I would be honored to return to your Rider U communications class this year! Email me when you get a chance and we can schedule a day.


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