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WC Spotlight - Diann Ainsworth

WC Spotlight-Diann AinsworthName:  Dr. Diann Ainsworth

Position:  Professor of English

Hometown:  Irving

How long have you been at WC?  10 years

What were your previous jobs?  I was an adjunct instructor for WC and a graduate instructor at TCU while I worked on my doctorate. I have also taught middle school English classes.

What is the best part of your job?  For an English teacher, the best part of the job is sharing a love for reading and writing with students. I enjoy listening to students’ views about a variety of literary texts and helping them improve composition and critical thinking skills.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?  Kayaking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

What was your favorite vacation?  My favorite vacations are always at the beach, especially sailing in the British Virgin Islands with my parents, my sister and her family, and my husband and kids. I also enjoy taking British Literature students to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

What event helped shape your life?  To pick one moment would be hard because I would say many people, events and words have shaped my life starting with my faith, my family and my education. At WC each semester, I meet new students who inspire and challenge me to be a better teacher and a better person.

How would you describe the activity level of campus life?  WC is a busy place with events of many kinds. Students have many choices in classes, organizations, sports and performances in the arts. I always enjoy seeing students scattered about campus, sitting on the couches or walking the paths, sharing their lives with each and enjoying the collegiate atmosphere.

Why is campus life important?  Campus life is very important for WC students because they make connections with faculty, staff and other students that will last a lifetime. Being involved at WC helps students to be well rounded and stay excited about learning. 

Where does WC rank in affordability to students, in your opinion?  Community college is the best way for students to start a college degree without going into debt. WC offers freshman- and sophomore-level courses at an affordable rate, usually with smaller class sizes and very caring instructors. 

How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC?  My experiences with the English Department at WC represent a high level of academic quality.  We are committed to offering a variety of courses (face-to-face, online, dual credit) that offer quality instruction and challenging expectations to help students learn, improve and practice critical thinking and writing skills for many purposes in today’s world. 

How would you describe the individual attention students receive at WC?  Students at WC should expect and should take advantage of individual attention from every aspect of campus life. The faculty and staff at WC are an amazing group of people who care about students and want the best for them. I encourage students to ask for help at every stage of the educational process and to take advantage of the variety of resources available at WC.