Story by Kat Tabak
Photo by JaNae Williams
Students are likely to hear numerous professor names mentioned during advisement, in classes or when asking about who teaches what classes. However, many students may not know anything else about the professor aside from their name and the subject they teach.
This monthly spotlight will feature Q&A-style interviews with professors from different divisions so students can learn more about educators.
Professor Terry Byers teaches Computer Information Technology classes.
How long have you been a professor at Rose State College?
“I came to be a professor at Rose State in 2001. I had friends I knew who worked at Rose already and they encouraged me to come teach here.”
What made you choose to be a professor?
“I decided to become a professor back during my time in the Air Force. Part of what I did was work as an instructor, giving lectures and instructing, which I found I really enjoyed doing.”
How did you get into computer science?
“I failed five times to get my associate degree, before I decided to stick with journalism. I joined the military shortly after. It was during this time that I became interested in computers while on duty and [that was] the leading reason for my decision to pursue my master’s degree in computer science.”
Why did you feel you succeeded in getting your degree?
“The professors that I had at Kent State University were one of my biggest reasons for my success. They were a great support and helped to encourage me while I worked towards getting my degree.”
What are some success tips you would give to students?
“I highly recommend that students use the Cornell note-taking method; it helps to give structure to notes taken in class so that they are less confusing when it comes to looking back over them later. I also recommend reaching out to your professor. It never hurts to ask them for help if there is a concept you do not understand or just need to be sure of something. It can only be beneficial to student success.”
What kind of teaching policy do you have?
“If one or more students do not understand something, I will try my best to teach them another way to explain and help them understand what it is I am trying to teach them. I also encourage all of my students to stop by my office to see me if they need extra help.”
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.