The Catholic University of America

Mick (Teti) Teti-Beaudin

Adjunct Instructor, Harrisburg Area Communi College
Class of 2003

Other areas of study/degrees:
Minor in Spanish


Education

MA in English from Northeastern University (2006). I completed coursework toward my PhD in 20th Century American Literature at Western Michigan University in 2010, but have since left the program.

Current job 

I have been teaching as an adjunct at Harrisburg Area Community College for the past three years.

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

Since graduating from HACC, I took a year off between my BA and MA and my MA and PhD doing office jobs. At Western, I was a research assistant for three summers and worked on compiling sources for American Literary Scholarship with Professor Nic Witschi, was awarded our department's Shakespeare award in 2009, and was the Vice President, then the President, of our Association of Graduate English Students.


Why did you major in English?

I arrived at CUA undecided about my major, and so I spent my first two years taking courses to decide. I realized that reading had always been my biggest love, and once I saw how challenging and interesting the English courses were at CUA, I declared.

Tell us about a skill you learned/developed as an English major that has helped you out in the “real world.”

English majors learn critical reading and thinking skills that are applicable to nearly every situation. My ability to think and read critically has improved not only my writing, but also my ability to negotiate tricky situations in the real world from dealing with negligent landlords to explaining difficult issues to applicants for the pit bull rescue of which I am a staff member. English majors don't just read and write; they learn how to think on their feet.

What was the best English class you took at CUA and why?

I absolutely loved the classes I took with Dr. Wheatley, both Intensive Readings in Drama and American Drama. He was clearly both passionate and extremely knowledgeable, and the whole class caught that contagious excitement. This was a really tough question to answer, to be honest, because the professors I met were all fantastic. I also loved Dr. Lynch's sci-fi class and Dr. Winslow's senior seminar on Whitman and Dickinson. Professors who loved their subject matter make CUA's English classes stand out in my memory.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

I would say that you can't choose your major just based on projected job path. Yes, being practical is always good, but in the end, education is about creating the best version of you that you can. That takes a major that will fascinate you and push you, and if that's English, then you should go for it. I have never regretted majoring in English because I know that, while I may have been able to make more money had I majored in business, I wouldn't be fulfilled by that path.

Which text was your favorite to read while you were a student at CUA? In which class did you read it?

I will never forget Dr. Winslow taking the entire class out to the rose garden, having us sit on the grass, and reading "Song of Myself" out loud. She made Whitman's poetry really come alive, and I still think of that class when I read those famous words, "I am large, I contain multitudes."

What’s next for you?

I have been teaching various levels of writing at HACC for the past three years, and I have just accepted a tenure track Assistant Professorship at Delaware County Community College, beginning this fall. I'll be teaching various levels of writing as well as developing a queer literature class there, and I cannot wait to begin this new adventure.

Profile date: May 2013