Ten years ago, I walked on to UNF’s campus as a bright-eyed 17 year old. I didn’t know my butt from a bagel. It was so exciting to be in a new city and embark on a new stage in my life. Today, I’m back on campus at UNF as a professor and like ten years ago, I’m beginning a new season of my life as a husband, dad, and professor.
I absolutely love being a Professor at UNF. When I was getting my master’s degree at Texas A&M University I despised the thought of teaching in college. I thought being a professor was boring. I wanted to dive in to the implementation side of government. Working for different mayors, a congressman, and for the state of Texas has been a blast and a learning experience. I’ve been out of the field for a couple of years since I left Louisiana to be in full-time ministry and I miss it. I plan on being in ministry for a long time, but I still love politics and international relations.
I was wrong about being a professor. Teaching at UNF has provided a great outlet for my continued passion for the political world. It’s an honor to teach beside my former professors, too. It’s funny walking through the halls and seeing them ten years later. They’re good people and I’m thankful for what they taught me. The class I teach has been great. I wanted to teach the American Presidency, but definitely thankful for what I have now.
I teach Introduction to Public Administration on Tuesday and Thursdays. Teaching college students is a lot different than preaching. I can’t spend all my time talking. It’s important to engage the students and get them to participate in class. Participating in class helped me a lot in college and graduate school. The students in my class are great. They come prepared for the lectures and will typically have great discussions.
Public Service is noble and we need men and women of character to believe in their communities, in their states and in their country.
President George H. W. Bush
Being a professor is a dream come true. I have the unique opportunity to influence close to fifty students twice a week. Influence them for good. They need to be responsible, to care for their communities, to do well unto others, to love their neighbor as they would love their own self. I’m excited because I’m not just teaching them the principles of Public Administration. I am trying to teach them how to be successful in their lives.
I am honored and humbled to have this position. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of time to prepare for each lecture. I just pray that the Lord gives me broad shoulders to carry the weight. It’s an exciting new season in the Briscoe household. God is good and a loving father. I’m thankful for the many gifts He has blessed me with. Here’s to you, Intro to Public Administration.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.