Joyce Hayward, Associate Professor in the Reading and Literacy Program in the College of Education, is no stranger to the field. She began teaching in the public school system in 1973. Her long and successful career spanned 3 decades, and included positions as Teacher, Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator of Special Education. So what brought her to Lewis?
Joyce has had some affiliation with the University since 1976, the year her husband jointed the staff. In 1983 she, herself, came to Lewis as a student. That year she began graduate work in the Reading and Literacy program. After the completion of her degree, she continued in the public school system, but also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University, teaching in the Bridge program and Study Skills, and later in the College’s graduate program. In the fall of 2000, while working on her doctorate she accepted a part-time position as the Interim Program Chair for Reading and Literacy. In the fall of the following year she was offered, and accepted the full-time position. Since then she has seen many changes, including the School of Education’s recognition as a College. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of students.
Joyce believes one of the greatest benefits Lewis offers is its flexibility. “There
are high expectations for each faculty member” she says. “You are
expected to provide outstanding and current instruction for your students.
You are encouraged to interact with them and offer guidance…there is
a very strong commitment to personalized service. This is reflected everyday
in the examples set by our own President. At the same time however, Lewis respects
there are many ways people can use their gifts. It may be that you are involved
in different committees on campus, or you may be helping in the community,
or you can be working on research. There are a variety of ways you can demonstrate
and exercise your personal and professional growth. Lewis shows its appreciation
for the individual by allowing him or her, the opportunity to develop in this
way. The flexibility is truly there.”