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Erin Brock: Emulating the Best

Erin Brock“I worked in the campus writing center for professor Scott Whiddon, and that introduced me to the academic field I’m in today.”

Like many first-year students at Transylvania, Erin Brock ’12 planned to go to law school. Her sophomore year, however, she took Rhetoric II: Readings in Rhetorical Criticism with professor Scott Whiddon, and, as Brock explains, “That changed everything.”

She decided to double major in English and writing, rhetoric, and communication (WRC), a decision she now calls “the best choice I made while at Transylvania.” She relished her classes in communication theory, criticism, and literature, as well as the practical experience she gained working in the Writing Center, where she helped other students with their writing assignments. She interned with Business Lexington, a print and online magazine covering news and events relevant to Central Kentucky residents, and she presented papers at two national academic conferences. 

But that still wasn't enough to keep her plate full. Brock also found time to serve as the editor of the student newspaper, The Rambler, and play on Transylvania’s golf team.

When it came time to sort out her future, Brock had little trouble distilling all of those experiences into a single-minded pursuit. She is working on a master's degree in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition at Miami University of Ohio, where she serves as a graduate consultant in another top-notch writing center and teaches freshman composition.

Still, her Transylvania roots continue to feed her expectations. When working with her own students, Brock has found that she values “the skills of critical thinking and creativity that I learned at Transylvania.”

In addition to Whiddon, Brock specifically credits WRC instructor Gary Deaton and English professors Liz Corsun and Tay Fizdale (retired)—as well as Terri McLean, former student media advisor—for preparing her for success in graduate school. Like many Transylvania students, Brock developed a close relationship with her professors and continues to view them as mentors and advisors.

“In my current teaching, I find myself emulating the wonderful role models I had at Transylvania. I want to be a professor at a similar school someday.”

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