Gregory P. Perreault

Evaluations of Teaching

Recommendation Letters from Former Students

The following are excerpts of recommendations from former students and teaching assistants now working in various mass communication industries

Kendall McGee,
Web Producer at WBTW News

I took Dr. Perreault’s specialized reporting capstone class in the spring 2016 semester at Appalachian State University and within nine days of completing his course, had a job offer at a television news station.  I accepted the position in May, and I am currently the web producer at WBTW News, the local CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

 

The story of how quickly I secured employment in my chosen field is a testament to Dr. Perreault’s effectiveness as an instructor. Though I only worked with him for 16 weeks, the senior seminar he designed was engaging, challenging and I walked away with the skills I needed to secure employment and be successful in the media industry.

 

Specialized Reporting is a fast paced course rooted deeply in experiential learning. Students are asked to pick a specialized beat, forge relationships and utilize expert sources to turn one multimedia story a week.  Though the format sounds fairly basic, students quickly learn that scheduling interviews on short notice, coming up with original story ideas and learning to work with unfamiliar gear and editing applications on deadline is much easier said than done.  It is difficult to teach students how to plan ahead, to triple check your gear and adapt on the fly, but Dr. Perreault creates a space for students to leave their comfort zones, make mistakes, ask questions and learn these lessons themselves.  

Natalie Broome
Assignment Editor, Spectrum News

My first Perreault class was Intro to Journalism. I never missed a class. Not because the attendance policy was strict, but because I was scared to miss something valuable. He didn’t teach the curriculum for a test, he taught lessons for our careers…The discussions were formative. He taught us how vital journalism is to democracy and life as we know it. He explained how a career in journalism serves a higher purpose. (On hard days at work, his lessons remind me why I’m there.) [He] was actually preparing us for what the real world would demand of us. He asked for our best,
and we rose to the occasion.

Recommendation Letters from Teaching Assistants
Todd Boedeker (M.A., Missouri)
Communication Manager, St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition
Caroline Feeney
(M.A., Missouri)
Managing Editor,
Homelight


What I found most impressive about Greg’s teaching was his ability and desire to get to know his students. Whether there were 50 or 150 students in his class, by the end of the semester he was on a first name basis with most of them. Even in a large lecture setting, he was able to create an environment in which students felt comfortable speaking up and were encouraged to participate in class discussions…As his assistant, the workload was always manageable and he did his best to assist in anyway possible. I never felt overwhelmed with the required work and felt comfortable going to Greg with any questions or concerns. He was always open to hearing my opinions and suggestions and encouraged criticism and recommendations throughout the course.

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His lectures were bursting with Venn diagrams, videos, memes, and jokes to pad the complex content he had to break down and make digestible. Some subjects he tackled were journalistic objectivity, the various types of media bias, cultural hegemony, and the market versus public sphere journalistic models. He never used visible notes during lectures, and provided an authoritative presence without being overbearing…Greg actively worked on creating an open and safe atmosphere, and would carve out time for what he called “coffee with Greg” at a place close to campus. During these hours, students could come and talk to him about any questions or concerns about life on their minds.

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