After 22 and half years at Appalachian State University, Dr. Linda Pacifici, an associate professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Reich College of Education (RCOE), is retiring.
As a faculty member, Pacifici taught 12 different courses for her department, ranging in focus from an introduction to teaching and learning, to diverse learners, to curriculum methods for elementary education preservice teachers to graduate courses. Additionally, she taught 11 different courses in the reading program.
When asked what she will miss most about App State, Pacifici said, “The camaraderie that develops among colleagues over time, the students, and the rhythm of an academic school year.”
During her time here, Pacifici noted the university has changed in many ways. “The university has grown larger, and with this growth, there is a wide variety of program offerings with a stronger explicit emphasis on serving marginalized students, nonnative English speakers, nontraditional students, and transfer students among other areas.”
“The social justice focus twenty years ago was considered an anomaly which made my department unusual,” she continued. “Now this focus is integrated into university life in many ways.”
“Also, twenty years ago teaching nonnative English speaking students was not a recognized topic for instruction,” Pacifici added. “Now there are courses and programs for not only teaching these students in the public schools but also for supporting these diverse students at the university.”
Pacifici’s advice to faculty just beginning their careers is as follows:
- “Take advantage of all the professional development learning opportunities offered by your department, your college, and by the university.”
- “Keep learning!”
Pacifici is looking forward to retirement. “I look forward to a slower pace of living!”