Adam Floridia began his full-time job as English professor in the fall of 2012. However, he has worked as an adjunct English professor since 2007 and served as the coordinator of the College Learning Center from 2010–12. Prior to his full-time employment at MxCC, he worked as a high school English teacher. After teaching high school all day, he would come to Middlesex to teach night courses, and he simply fell in love with the College. He cites the drastic difference in students’ intrinsic motivation to learn as his reason for leaving secondary education for higher education. At college he actually gets to teach.
Adam has an obvious sense of humor (see photo) and tends to be very outgoing. He says that some of his “showmanship” comes from his time teaching high school where to keep students’ focus he had to first get their attention by entertaining them. Once they were interested, driving the content home was a cinch. Students regularly cite his “enthusiasm” and “passion” in their course evaluations. In addition to teaching as many classes as possible, Adam is the coordinator of the Bridge to College program, a partnership with the Meriden Public High Schools designed to reinforce the skills students will need to be college-ready after graduation.
It should be no surprise that, while he loves teaching, another passion of his is literature. He reads at least 26 books a year and claims he’s addicted to the website https://www.goodreads.com. It’s a place where he can keep track of what he’s reading and what he’s read, write reviews of books, and discover great books he would otherwise miss out on. He says he doesn’t “do Facebook” or any other form of social media, but he loves Goodreads. To see what Adam’s reading or to check out his favorite authors, just join the site and get reading! Adam also runs the “MxCC Reads” Book Club, which meets at the end of the month in the Periodical Room of the Library. Here is our schedule mxcc.edu/bookclub and come join the conversation!
Travel (Read Around the World!) is another love of his and he highly recommends that every student spend a semester studying abroad. His goal is to visit 100 countries (and then to keep going, of course). So far he has been to nineteen countries across four continents.
Currently, Adam lives in Southington with his wife, Erin; their son, Jameson; daughter, Reese; and Boxer-mix, Milo.
Adam graduated magna cum laude with BA in secondary education and English from the University of Maryland College Park, and he looks back fondly on his time as a Terp. He earned his MA at Southern Connecticut State University with a perfect 4.0; his thesis was titled Attacking Apathy, Breaking Down Beliefs, Crusading for Compassion: The ABCs of Kurt Vonnegut’s Novels. He firmly believes that “you can learn everything you need to know about life by reading Vonnegut’s books!” At Middlesex, Adam also designed and taught a course on “The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut” and says it was one of the highlights of his teaching career.
“I love teaching, and I truly love what I teach. I certainly can’t expect my students to have the same enthusiasm for the subject on day one as I do,” explains Adam. “However, I hope that by sharing my passion for language and literature I can engender some of that enthusiasm and interest in my students. My goal in every class is to help students become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers.” He said his basic teaching philosophy is as follows:
*I’m really good at this “English stuff,” and I really enjoy it; I want to help you get better at it–and hopefully enjoy it—too!
*Being a strong reader, writer, and thinker will have a profoundly positive impact on your life.
o Teachers should never do for students what students can do for themselves. I can’t make you learn; that is up to you. Students must accept responsibility for their part in the learning process.
o Everyone has the capacity to improve at any task/skill.
o Getting good at anything requires a certain amount of practice, sustained effort, time, and motivation. However, the amount is not the same for everyone, and some need to practice even more when something does not come naturally.
o Struggle is a necessary and important part of life. Every failure is a learning opportunity both in terms of mastering a content/skill and in terms of learning resilience. To paraphrase Nelson Mandela, “I never fail; either I succeed or I learn.”
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“Accelerated Learning Program in English: Practice and Perception at MxCC.” 52nd Annual Two-Year College English Association–In the Middle of it All: Moving English from the Margins of Higher Education. Wilmington, DE. October 2017.
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