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Faculty Spotlight Interview with David Hinton

Posted by: wichmannkm | March 24, 2015 | No Comment |

David Hinton

David Hinton joined the College of Charleston as an adjunct instructor in August 2001 and is currently a visiting instructor. Since 2001, Professor Hinton has taught underclassmen and upperclassmen in over 100 classes such as American Government, Introduction to Political Thought, Contemporary Political Issues, World Politics, Honors Western Civilization, Politics and Theater in the 20th Century, and most recently Religion in American Politics. He earned his master’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. Political Science Department Chair Gibbs Knotts notes, “Professor Hinton continues to have such a positive impact on our students. He has a very engaging teaching style, pushes students to think critically, and inspires them to learn about current political events.”

What inspired you to become a college teacher?

Before I came to Charleston, I worked as a counselor for an adolescent psychiatric counselor at Vanderbilt. When I moved to Charleston, I thought that I wanted to pursue high school teaching but was encouraged by a principal to teach at the college level.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at College of Charleston?

It gives me a chance to work on my comedy routine. Seriously, I enjoy being around our students; they keep me connected to what is going on in the world. I enjoy my colleagues in the Political Science Department and the faculty I’ve worked with in the Honors College.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I would describe my teaching style as Gestalt. I like giving my students pieces of the puzzle and presenting different perspectives so that they can make connections and discover the big picture on their own.

What advice would you give political science majors?

Develop a newspaper habit to stay current. I recommend reading The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Mother Jones.

What is your favorite book and why?

Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Kafka’s presentation of the sense of helplessness in the face of an anonymous system is delightful. Also, the Proverbs of Solomon, an early opponent of the oppression of the poor.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy surfing at Folly Beach, carpentry, and making wooden surf craft. I have spent my summers learning new skills in boat shops and cabinet shops. I used my carpentry skills to redo my kitchen.

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