Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges

Author Bio(s)

Oldooz Oli Mohammadi received her PhD from LSU in 2007 and currently teaches Communication at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. She is an adjunct Assistant Professor with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She conducted ethnographic research in Iran, donating the transcriptions to The T. Harry Center for Oral History. She also worked in the corporate sector as Virginia’s Marketing Manager, holding many Fortune 500 accounts. In her spare time she plays with her toddler son and watches lots of Sesame Street. Crystal Lane Swift (PhD, Rhetoric and Public Address, LSU, 2008) is a communication Professor at Mt. San Antonio College and California State University, Northridge, specializing in argumentation, pedagogy, and forensics research. She has published an academic book, over fifteen academic articles, a book of poetry, and individual poems in a number of anthologies. She has also produced five films, as well as an album. She is a Mary Kay Sales Director and enjoys painting, writing, singing, acting, modeling, and producing all kinds of art.


On the first day of class, what should an instructor do? What do the students expect? What might ruin the first day of class? The author asked 270 students these questions, and their answers apply to any class’s first day.



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