Dr. Doug Tewksbury
With a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in communication studies, Dr. Doug Tewksbury teaches Niagara University students about mass communication, various research methodologies and, most of all, the essence of social justice.
There is a higher purpose for education and the ability to communicate can only be a benefit for democracy, Tewksbury says.
Due to his passion for teaching, Tewksbury doesn't refer to his job as work, but rather a lifestyle. He is a strong supporter of fostering a hands-on approach when teaching.
The classroom itself is artificial and further education rests outside of it, Tewksbury says. He firmly believes that students need to pursue their academic and personal goals and follow their passions in life. The students here at NU have a strong will in so far as they understand what they want to do, and all they need is the outlet to go about doing it, Tewksbury says.
He understands the necessity for real world preparation and interaction between teachers and students, but also between students themselves. The most rewarding part of teaching for Tewksbury is watching the growth of intellectual curiosity. He has a great sense of pride when his students begin to question the ways the world works.
What separates students at NU is their ability to simply get it. They understand and more importantly seek out ways to better themselves and society. That's what it's all about, and it's very rare, Tewksbury says.
When he is not teaching, this self-proclaimed media junky enjoys catching up on world news, socializing with other academics and expanding his creativity on the guitar and keyboard.