Soaring Beyond: Emily Jean Hood

MEET EMILY! An alumnus from our Ph.D. in Art Education program at UNT who is currently working at Texas Woman’s University/Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Education. 

We asked Emily some questions about her plans for graduation, advice for current students, and how UNT helped her to succeed and SOAR BEYOND!

  • When you started at UNT, what were your plans after graduation? How have these plans changed (if at all)? When I started the Ph.D. program at UNT my goal was to become a university professor.  That plan did not change, and I am enjoying my current position at Texas Woman’s University
  •  What advice do you have for prospective or current students as they decide what they want their next steps to be (internships/careers/etc.)? I advise students to really do what they love.  Find your passion and go for it. You don’t want to waste your time doing something that does not feed your spirit.
  •  How did your program at UNT help you to feel prepared for this role?  I had a world-class mentorship at UNT. I credit my professors (Tyson Lewis, Amy Kraehe (who is currently at the University of Arizona), and Laura Evans) with setting me up for the successes I am achieving today.  They invested in my learning in immeasurable ways. They saw my strengths and helped me capitalize on those to build a professional identity that makes an impact in our field.
  • How did you find your current role (website, email, word of mouth, etc)?  I found out about the position at TWU by word of mouth. Art Education is a small field, and once you get to know people, it is easy to find out which institutions have job openings.  Also, positions are advertised on HigherEd and similar websites.
  • What was the toughest interview question they asked you? I don’t remember a lot of the questions from my TWU interview.  But I was interviewed for a handful of positions and I was most often stumped by questions that reflected aspects of the university that I had yet to experience.  For example, one interview I was asked about my administrative experience. At another interview, I was asked what kinds of service I might engage in within the department and in the community.  These are highly practical terms that I hadn’t really considered because I had no first-hand knowledge of such work expectations.

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