Professors voted most “dramatic” and “best storyteller”
August 5, 2010 By Abby Malik
classroom, demonstrating chemical reactions in order to engage
his students in an experiential classroom setting.”
Dr. Amos Tubb received honors for his exceptional storytelling
abilities. “His gesturing, his voice, and his excitement all combine
to tell tall tales . . . except his are explanations of real history.”
In the August 2010 issue of the magazine Kentucky Monthly, two Centre College professors are included in a “Professor Superlatives” feature, with Dr. Jeff Fieberg, associate professor of chemistry, voted the co-most dramatic, and Dr. Amos Tubb, assistant professor of history, voted the co-best storyteller.
Below are excerpts from the magazine.
Fieberg doesn’t just talk when it comes to teaching: He walks, sometimes right into the fire, so to speak. He literally explodes in the classroom, demonstrating chemical reactions in order to engage his students in an experiential classroom setting that takes them beyond the textbook and into the real world of science.
And he does it all in his famous tie-dyed lab coat.
Fieberg also takes his students into the Danville community, demonstrating to local elementary school students the art behind the science of chemistry during National Chemistry Week.
Whether Tubb is explaining the British Civil War to his students or relaying the events of Centre’s legendary 1921 football win against Harvard, he’s not just reciting facts. Tubb considers himself a storyteller, and that’s exactly what he does: he brings his students into whatever historical event he’s discussing, and he makes them an active and real part of it. His gesturing, his voice, and his excitement all combine to tell tall tales . . . except his are explanations of real history, a vital subject for his students to grasp.
His storytelling talent was recognized when students asked him to be a part of Centre’s annual “Life Stories” convocation. Tubb took the stage and shared his life story with the campus community, just as he shares the importance of history with his students in the classroom every day.