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Tyra Hilliard

Associate Professor

thilliard@ches.ua.edu

Alma Maters: BS, Georgetown, MA, George Washington, JD, GA State, PhD, Oklahoma State
Classes Taught: RHM 185, RHM 480, RHM 425, RHM 286, RHM 385
Countries Traveled To: Qatar, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, Spain, China, England, Scotland
Companies Worked For: George Washington Univ, UNLV, American Counseling Association, Embassy Suites
What is your style of teaching?
Participatory - I invite students to contribute to class discussion and ask many questions. I try to combine theory/academics with practice/real world.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
In a given class, I'm likely to use PowerPoint, YouTube, websites, and a small group in-class activity or assignment.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
RHM 480 convention material development. Each assignment builds on the other and all are real-world assignments. Each activity in class contributes to it.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Application of materials learned in class, that instructions are followed, creativity, well-organized, well thought out, proper grammar, spelling, structure.
What kind of student would love your class?
Students who are really interested in the subject. Those who are there to learn and whose main concern is not grade. Students willing to actively participate.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Ask questions! In class, after class, via e-mail, Twitter, whatever. I think my instructions are clear, so if they aren't--it's your job to seek clarification.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Convention, conference, meetings, and business events. Within that area, legal and crisis management are my specialties.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Being named an "Integrity Zone Ally" by the student Honor Council by students who recognize me for "upholding integrity inside and outside of the classroom."
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I do public speaking for meeting and event industry groups nationally and internationally. I was just invited to do a 2-day workshop in Belgium.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
It doesn't matter to me if a student is an A or a C student. What matters to me is that they respect themselves and others, actively participate, and learn.

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