DR. GWENYTH J. MCCORQUODALE
Phone: (334) 683-5140
At Judson College since 2008
"Teaching is a calling - I felt that it was for me. I liked the school-type of atmosphere and the community that a classroom setting offers. I value learning and I think God calls us to be stewards of our talents. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher." - Gwen McCorquodale
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Introduction to Education; Content Area Reading; Diagnostic and Prescriptive Procedures in Reading
Originally from Mexia, Ala., Dr. Gwen McCorquodale was a fan of Judson College long before she came to teach at the campus. As a teen, she had once taken her ACT at Judson, dated a boy who attended Marion Military Institute (the military school nearby Judson), and played volleyball there during a state tournament.
Since that time, Dr. McCorquodale has earned the highest degree obtainable in her field, taught for more than 30 years, had her work published in more than 20 articles including the Southern Social Studies Journal and given over 40 International, National, Regional and State presentations on Education. Dr. McCorquodale says that she always knew teaching was what she wanted to do.
"I engage in teaching both emotionally and spiritually," says Dr. McCorquodale. "These are vital components. Knowledge creates opportunities for spirituality and it helps to give purpose to a life."
Since coming to Judson in 2008, Dr. McCorquodale has been most proud of the "A" the college received in 2009 from the annual report card given by the Alabama State Department of Education, and plans to continue achieving the colleges' goal of "providing highly qualified teachers for every classroom." She dedicates countless hours to helping her education students oversee school projects, gain critical amounts of classroom observation time working with elementary students in area schools, and also conducting service learning initiatives. In 2009, McCorquodale aided one of her students in achieving a grant from the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, and Dr. McCorquodale, along with that student, did a presentation on the subject in September 2009.
Dr. McCorquodale loves the small class sizes at Judson and the "congenial atmosphere with an emphasis on growth in all dimensions of life." She makes her home now in Vestavia Hills, Alabama but - during the school week - lives in the "blue house" near the Judson campus. In her spare time, Dr. McCorquodale enjoys cooking and having dinner parties (she once had her students over for a seafood dinner!).
She teaches adult Sunday school classes and sings in the choir. "Once, in the 1980's, I was unknowingly the opening act for the Carter family," Dr. McCorquodale said with a laugh. "I was asked to sing at this banquet in Tennessee and when I was done singing, they announced that the Carter family was on next! I could have died 9,000 deaths, I was so embarrassed!"
Dr. McCorquodale is marred to Robin McCorquodale, who is an Interior Designer in Birmingham and they have two children and two grandchildren.
*Favorite Quote: "When a school introduces and trains each child of society into membership within such a little community, saturating him with the spirit of service, and providing him with the instruments of effective self-direction, we shall have the deepest and best guaranty of a larger society which is worthy, lovely, and harmonious." - John Dewey, from The School and Society
Assistant Professor - Birmingham-Southern College, 2004-2007
SELECTED AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS
SELECTED INVOLVEMENTS / PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
National Science Teachers Association - 2004-Present