Faculty Spotlight: Farrah McIntosh
I am an adjunct instructor for the Eastern Kentucky University’s Regional Criminal Justice Program. I began teaching dual credit courses for EKU in 2016 and have students attend class from numerous different high schools. I am proud to say that I am a two-time EKU graduate. I have earned a B.S. in Corrections & Juvenile Justice Studies from EKU in 2006. I also earned my M.S. in Adult and Juvenile Correctional Leadership from EKU in 2013. I also currently own a Case Management Company for Adults who have Intellectual Disabilities. I prefer teaching courses regarding Criminal Investigations. However, I am also very interested in Gang Activities in American Prisons.
What do you like best about SJS at the Regional campuses?
I like that the regional campuses and sites provide a much smaller environment that allows students more one-on-one attention in the classroom. I feel like the regional campuses provide a wonderful atmosphere that allows students to truly broaden their horizons. There are several regional campuses that are strategically placed in various communities. The fact that EKU has numerous regional campuses and sites makes it more manageable for many students to be able to obtain a college degree. In our extremely demanding job market it is crucial for one to have a college degree to be successful.
Why did you go into teaching?
I honestly did not decide that I would like to teach until after I had graduated with by Bachelor’s degree. The day I graduated from EKU with my Bachelor’s degree was one of the happiest days of my life. I knew then that I wanted to assist others with obtaining that same type of enjoyment. Therefore, I pursued and obtained my Master’s degree. This has now allowed me to teach and assist students to achieve their fullest potential and beyond.
What do you like most about teaching at the regional campuses?
I enjoy the atmosphere at the regional campuses and sites for several reasons. I enjoy smaller classes due to the fact that they allow me to be more involved in my classroom as a whole. There is much more time to answer any questions that students may have due to the class size being much smaller. I also feel as though students are more comfortable asking questions in class since their classes are not crowded. I actually attended regional campuses and sites for several semesters. Therefore, I have experienced how beneficial the regional program is from both the student as well as an instructor point of view. I know that without the regional campuses and sites it would have much more difficult for me to attend college. Therefore, I know that the Criminal Justice Regional Program benefits students who live in more rural areas due to minimizing the amount of travel time for students.
How do you make a difference in our Regional campus students' lives?
I always make sure that my students know that they can ask questions whether it be about a particular class or college in general. I make myself easily accessible outside of class as well. Students can call or email me if they have questions that come up outside of the classroom. I had numerous instructors along my college career who influenced me on several levels to become more open-minded, ambitious, as well as logical. I hope that I can have these types of positive influences on my students.
Any advice to current EKU/SJS students?
My advice for current students would be for them to not only be concerned with obtaining their degree, but also strive toward getting work experience in the field that they are obtaining their degree in. This can even be done through internships. Employers in general seek to hire candidates who have the required education for the particular job. However, employers also seek a person who’s resume contains some type of prior experience in the field that they are hiring for.
Published on February 27, 2017