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Alumna Turned Professor
By Erin Bailey
Kim Herbert didn’t know that leaving her home in Virginia Beach for college at Radford University would eventually lead into a job that she loves so much.
Herbert completed her undergraduate degree at Radford University in 2000. She then went to American University for graduate school and stayed in Northern Virginia to work at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. She did recruiting and worked in the public relations department.
She then moved to Norfolk to be a professional advisor and taught communications as an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University for seven years.
Herbert’s final move recently was to Blacksburg to teach at her alma mater. This will be Herbert’s second year at Radford.
“It’s nice to come back to my alma mater and experience Radford from a different perspective. I find the students to be very engaged in the classroom and I’m happy that I can give back to the School. It’s also fun to work with some of my professors who are now my colleagues,” Herbert said.
Herbert teaches: Teamwork and Communication, Public Speaking, and Business and Professional Communication.
“I love teaching about things such as listening and nonverbal communication. It’s fun to incorporate classroom activities to show students how they can relate these concepts to their everyday lives,” Herbert explains.
“I also enjoy teaching public speaking because I can see their progress from the very beginning of the semester to the end of the semester. The results are encouraging and that’s rewarding to me,” Herbert adds.
Herbert also teaches a section of University 100 for freshmen during their first semester. She is also contributing to online course offerings.
Beyond teaching, Herbert advises Lambda Pi Eta, the School of Communication’s honor society.
She is also the advisor for Delta Zeta sorority. She enjoys working with DZ because she was in their position not long ago.
“I have spent the past year mentoring the Delta Zeta leadership. I was president of DZ when I was here so I have walked in those shoes. I’m also getting a feel for how they do things and how things have changed since I was a student here,” Herbert explained.
At the end of spring semester last year, there was a Greek awards ceremony and Herbert received the Faculty Member of the Year Award, given to a faculty member that is an advisor for a Greek organization.
“That was a huge surprise, I had no idea I had even been nominated. I was so honored to be nominated and to win the award,” Herbert said.
Herbert does a lot for Radford from being a sorority advisor, to being a professor of several different subjects. She encourages and inspires her students everyday through her teaching.