Faculty Profile - Q&A with Micah Heatwole
Brandon Greer, Staff Writer
Oct. 4, 2013
One of the newest members of the Lubbock Christian University faculty shares some time with our readers.
Micah Heatwole is a first-year professor in the English department on the LCU campus. He visited with staff writer Brandon Greer:
Duster: Where did you grow up?
Professor Heatwole: First off, who is to say I have grown up? Or that I ever will? I was, however, born in an unexciting part of Colorado. For reasons I am sure you are aware of, I don't remember that day, but I have heard that I was born in Del Norte, a town 12 or so minutes from where my parents "grew up." They had it easy. They both lived in the same town until they left for college. My story doesn't end in Del Norte. In fact, I don't remember living there at all. Before I had my first birthday we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Try to spell that without the internet. We moved there so my parents could work on a longhorn ranch. I don't remember that either. I do, however, have a faint memory of riding on the back of a sheep dog.
Before I turned two we moved to Tucson, Arizona. We lived there long enough for me to attend a pre-school, be home-schooled for a week, then sent off to finish kindergarten under the tutelage of a former drill sergeant who made chocolate milkshakes with purple dye and called them "Purple Cows."
After kindergarten we moved to Denver, Colorado. We lived there long enough for my dad to attend preaching school, long enough to make friends and lose them to cancer and murder, and then we headed off to Washington - state that is.
By now you must be thinking: "This is where he will stay." Well, that was almost the case. I attended third grade through half of seventh grade in Ephrata, Washington before Dad got his second preaching job in Stratford, Texas. I finished seventh grade there, managed to not fall in love with anything, then after my freshman year in high school we moved back to Ephrata.
Duster: Where did you go to school and college?
Professor Heatwole: I went to Big Bend Community College right after high school for almost two years. It was cheap and I lived at home. That is about all I can say about that. I took some time off, and then in 2004 I moved to York, Nebraska to attend York College. I started out as an Elementary Ed major, switched to a Bible major my second semester, and in my third semester, I became an English major. When I made that final transition to English, my life started to coalesce into something that resembled a "direction." I got married, moved to Iowa City, found out we were pregnant, moved back to York to work at a bank, realized that was no good, moved to Macomb, Illinois, finished my BA in English at Western Illinois University, had our son, found out we were pregnant again, moved to Lubbock, Texas, had our first daughter, began my MA in English at Texas Tech University, had our second daughter, and finished my MA in English.
Duster: Where did you live before coming to Lubbock, and what jobs did you have?
Professor Heatwole: I will simply list the jobs I have had that led to teaching here: construction with my dad, car washer/auto shop janitor at the PUD, overnight stocker at Walmart, construction with my dad, library attendant at York College, night operator for the technology center at Cornerstone Bank, floor covering sales at Menards, back to Cornerstone Bank as a VIE operator, daycare teacher, student worker for the broadcasting department, textbook sales at the Barnes and Noble on Tech's campus, Graduate Part-time Instructor at Tech, concrete worker, construction for my dad, and finally, here I am doing what I love at LCU.
Duster: Why did you come to LCU? What is your favorite part of teaching at LCU?
Professor Heatwole: This is an easy question. As soon as I knew I wanted to major in English, I also knew I wanted to work for a Christian university. When I finished my MA, I started looking for teaching jobs at Christian schools and I was blessed to find a home here with all of you.
Teaching at LCU is great for many reasons, but my favorite part is getting to know my students. The students here are incredible people with incredible stories, and I love both people and stories. My students inspire me to be a better teacher, friend, and Christian.
As for English itself, what else would I teach? I love books with words, not numbers. I love stories, language, and I don't love numbers. Asking an English teacher why they teach English is like asking a kid why they like candy. Oh, and I don't like numbers.
Duster: What has been your favorite experience at LCU?
Professor Heatwole: I am not sure I could identify one single moment that is my favorite. Instead, it is a series of moments that build on each other. Moments of community, shared moments of joy or loss, conversations with fellow teachers and with students. All of these together form what is THE experience of LCU, not just mine.
Duster: Is there any advice you would like to give to students at LCU?
Professor Heatwole: Talk to your professors. They were once students too, even if that is hard to imagine. None of us just appeared on this earth and started teaching; most of us, anyway. We all have lived, had experiences, and struggled. We all know what being a student is like.