Catching Up With:
Jaime Jordan – Journalism Professor (Fordham & CUNY)
Adjunct Instructor for the Communications Department (2010-2012)
Looking back at her time teaching at Molloy College for the Communications Department, Professor Jaime Jordan looks back with fond memories of her classes and interacting with students having such great rapport along with having fun class discussions. During her tenure at Molloy College, Professor Jordan taught several courses in both the professional and media specializations including Gender & Communication, Experiences in Communication, and Broadcast Journalism.
Remembering some of her favorite memories within the department and on campus, Professor Jordan found the Communications Department to be extremely welcoming. Jordan stated, “I loved seeing Anne Hunter (Communications Department Administrative Assistant) every morning when I came to work. She would fill me in on her grandchildren and brought such a family atmosphere to the workplace.” Since leaving the department, Professor Jordan gave birth to her first child! During her pregnancy, Professor Jordan remembers getting a wonderful surprise from her co-workers! “When I was pregnant, the department threw me the nicest baby shower! I was touched by the level of care and thoughtfulness at Molloy”, said Jordan.
After the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to Long Island, one of the areas greatly affected was the Rockaways. Having grown up in the area, this affected Professor Jordan personally. Since then, she has been busy organizing programs in the area including a “Hackathon”. Professor Jordan stated, “This past summer, on June 1-2, 2013, citizens in cities across the Nation joined together to improve their communities and governments as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans.” A number of Federal agencies, including NASA, the Census Bureau, and the Department of Labor, participated by offering specific challenges for hackers to work on during the event.
The Rockaway Civic Hack Day was themed around building tools and apps for emergency preparedness and response. This includes developing tools for the community and government to collaborate on rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Rockaway event was run by Rockaway Help and Mozilla.
Currently, Professor Jordan is teaching Journalism and media studies at Fordham University and CUNY. When asked what advice she would give to students majoring in Communications, Professor Jordan stated, “If you are majoring in Communications, you need to make sure you develop practical digital skills. No matter what industry you end up in, the ability to present a story in a compelling multimedia format and then promote that content using social networks is crucial. In offering advice to students about to graduate, Professor Jordan added, “Give yourself some time! I spent a lot of time after I graduated from college worried about what I should do professionally and personally. Now that I look back I wish I spent less time agonizing over my choices and more time enjoying my twenties. You’ll make a lot of mistakes and still survive”.
One of Professor Jordan’s favorite hobbies is reading books. Jordan shared some of her favorites and recommendations for readers looking for something new to read. “I am absolutely in love with Barbara Kingsolver right now. Her latest book, Flight Behavior, is one of my favorite books of all time. She does a great job of making climate change and environmental concerns visceral and real. I’m also reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, which is excellent and literary while also being plot driven.” Professor Jordan’s next read will be the latest by Choire Sicha called Very Recent History.
Professor Jordan also recommends audio books. “I don’t always have time to sit down and read an actual book because I’m chasing a one year old or grading papers, but I always find time to listen to a story when I’m folding laundry or driving. I listened to parts of Flight Behavior and The Marriage Plot and I think I fell in love more with both of the texts because the narrators were so powerful.”
Aside from teaching and raising her son, Professor Jordan is working on a research and multimedia project which will formalize what she learned during the months after Hurricane Sandy and how technology can help the relief efforts of other storms.
You can follow Professor Jordan on Twitter @jaimejordan