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WC Spotlight - Dr. Norma Jones

WC Spotlight - Norma Jones photoName:  Dr. Norma Jones

Position:  Adjunct instructor

Hometown:  Born in Taipei, Taiwan

How long have you been at WC?  This is my second semester at WCWC

What were your previous jobs?  Before returning to academia I ran marketing, sales and operations for international corporations in industries including telecom and fine jewelry. I currently co-own a media production company.

What is the best part of your job?  The students, staff and faculty are amazing at WCWC.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not working?  Anything involving spending time with my husband. We have a lot of shared interests such as sports and films.

What was your favorite vacation?  My husband and I spent two weeks on a road trip between Louisiana to Florida. During that vacation, we got to enjoy several interesting places including New Orleans, as well as cities on the Gulf Coast and the Florida Keys. Before meeting my husband, I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru and then spent a few days in a hut (accessible only by boat) on a tributary of the Amazon River.

What event helped shape your life?  For me, one of the events that shaped my life was when the UN shifted Chinese representation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the People’s Republic of China (China) in 1971. My parents knew that media are often targeted in any takeover and moved, with me and my sisters, to the U.S. They also realized that opportunities for me and my sisters would be better in the U.S.

Who is the most famous person you have personally met?  I lived in the Los Angeles area before moving to Texas. Specifically, around Santa Monica/West Los Angeles and Burbank. So, I have met quite a few Hollywood celebrities. They include Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas (we used to go the dog park), Ben Stein & Naomi Judd (my husband worked on the new Star Search, and at the wrap party, we bowled in the next lane), as well as Andy Garcia, Vince Vaughn and Leonardo DiCaprio (at various restaurants and stores). But, the most famous may be when I walked up to the sitting president of Taiwan (at about the age of 4) and asked him why his face was on our money.

How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC?  I think that students may expect a high quality of education at WC. For me, I have taught at universities and value my current students equally. In other words, an undergraduate education should not differ based on location.

How would you describe the individual attention students receive at WC?  For me, I feel that the smaller class sizes allow instructors to better engage with students on an individual basis. 

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