Holy catfish! Dr. Herod just retired|
By Hemanth Meka
Calculus professor James Herod retired-Summer Quarter, leaving behind a throng of students who will miss his unique class and his devotion to his students.
Herod, who taught Math 1508 and Math 2507, always put his students above everything else. Professor-student interaction was very important to Herod. He went to great lengths to ensure his class understood what he was trying to teach, with the end result being that stories of his teaching techniques have become somewhat famous among the student body.
In addition to being a popular professor, Herod was also heavily involved in students' extracurricular activities. He served as the advisor for the Technique for five years and was also involved in Omicron Delta Kappa, the Executive Round Table, and the Student Faculty Industry conference, as well as other advisory committees and organizations.
Herod retired because he felt it was time for him to do other things. "I love teaching," he said, "but there were a lot of things I need to do-needing vigor and physical strength, and I want to do them while I still can." Herod has spent the early days of his retirement involved in some of the physical activities he didn't have time to do as a professor-namely riding horseback, writing, hiking, and biking.
Although he may not be at Tech anymore, Herod is still involved in the educational process. He is using his technical skills to work with the National Institute of Standards of Technology and other universities, conducting workshops on how to use technology in the classrooms.
"This way," says Herod, "I go on a trip every two weeks and am in a classroom for six hours. So I'm still teaching, but I have time to do all these other things."
Tech students will always be special to him, though.
"They are better, study better, are more motivated...and that spark of curiosity-that's what I like. They want to know how things work and are not satisfied with superficial explanations."
His students, also known as "Herodites," certainly appreciated his efforts. Many find it difficult to realize one of their favorite professors is no longer teaching calculus here at Tech.
"Dr. Herod is one of the best professors I have ever taken in my life," said chemistry major Brian Hawkins.
And Dr. Herod's response to his students? "Have a good time. Have a good life...that's what I try to do," he says.