Andrew Najberg teaches classes in Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Western Humanities.  He received his MFA in poetry from Spalding University, and his MA in English and BA in English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  He is the author of the chapbook of poems Easy to Lose, published by Finishing Line Press in 2007, and his individual poems have appeared in North American Review, Artful Dodge, Louisville Review, Nashville Review, Yemassee, Bat City Review, and various other journals and anthologies.  In addition, he is a recipient of an AWP Intro Award in poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Degrees
B.A. English, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, M.A. English, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, M.F.A Spalding University

Research and/or Creative Interests
Short Lyric Poems, Postmodernism, the Japanese Novel

Teaching Interests
Creative Writing, Poetry, Short Fiction, Literature, Western Humanities, Rhetoric and Composition

Teaching Approach
Sometimes I think I say something funny. Occasionally, I actually do. I prefer to run my classes in an open discussion format, letting students lead the conversation as much as possible through their questions and comments. Other times, the needs of the course require a more structured approach. Other times, it need open time to pursue collaborative work. In other words, it changes depending on what best suits the class that day.

Why did you become an English professor?
When I realized how much I loved being in English classes, it seemed the best way to always be in them.

Why teach X?
Because it's a cool variable?

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
Play drums, paint in oils, draw in pastels, draw in pen and ink, go to live music shows, play video games, watch movies, read.

What are your expectations of students?
A lot. I expect students to attend class and take it seriously. I expect a substantial amount of in and out of class reading and writing because practicing those things is more important than any other part of an education in English. I expect students to actively work to improve themselves.