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School of General Education
A man of multiple talents, Jerrod is always ready to strike up a conversation. Having degrees in History, English, Education, and being a former medical student, he has experience in many fields. A creative writer and published poet, Jerrod strives to always bring back a romantic era long forgotten in the postmodern times. As a certified Secondary Education instructor in the Texas public school system with a Social Studies Composite, English Language Arts license and recognized as one of the new energies of education, he has gone on to achieve great things since he began teaching in Higher Education at 29. A three time nominee for AIU Teacher of the Year at AIU Houston, two time nominee for Houston West Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Christa McAuliffe In Search of Excellence award and a national nominee for McGraw Hill’s Excellence in Teaching First Year Students award, we expect great things in Jerrod's career.
Jerrod has a wealth of life experience as well. From growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in a poor area, he has worked very hard to grow as a citizen and a person. Espousing diversity in his academic and personal life, Jerrod is considered a very moderate and open-minded academic role model. In his own words, “My world is founded on the idea that all men and women are equal and that which separates us is our own creation. We create diversity, which can be beneficial, but we also create racism, which undermines our work. That which we see that divides us, the color of our skin or way we worship or the clothes we wear, are symptoms of a disease that has long plagued us and only now, in this new era, can the generation that walks our halls truly absorb the need to cure that societal ill. As instructors we teach not only content and skill sets, but also the future of an open minded America. I hope that while this belief may be idealistic and labeled as the assertions of youth, as I stand and see 35 years under my belt and in the years to come, I will look back many years from now and think that those youthful notions were more a lifetime commitment to excellence and pledge to all people…everywhere.”