Passion for science, love of students make Brosing a top teacherJenni Luckett | Editor
One of Brosing’s former student advisees, he had a vague notion of interest in physical therapy but, he says, was mostly just following his high school sweetheart.
“I am careful not to refer to myself as a student, at that point in time, as I had little aptitude or motivation to that end,” he writes in his letter of support for Brosing’s award.
“I must have worn a constant look of bewilderment because, from my earliest of interactions, my discussions with Juliet were as often about finding comfort in my new surroundings and confidence in strengths she promised would emerge, than did they address academic performance or the structure of my course-load,” he writes.
Brosing, he says, helped him discover his academic strengths (mathematics), a cohort of like-minded peers (through a physics dinner) and, ultimately, a way to transform academics into a career through health physics.
Today, he’s a project manager for the Battelle Pacific Northwest Division/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and says Brosing has been “the most influential person in my academic and professional life.”
Kristine Callan ’05 credits Brosing not only for introducing her to physics but also for being a mentor after graduation.
“Despite my preparation, I must admit that at times I struggled to find my way in the intense and male-dominated environment I found myself in post-graduation,” Callan writes. “Even though I was across the country, Dr. Brosing found many ways to reach out to me: we exchanged emails and Facebook messages, she invited me to dinner on one of her visits to the East Coast, and we even began playing online games of Scrabble (of which I have yet to claim a victory).”
Brosing’s fans among students and alumni are countless. She’s recognized for her colorful academic regalia (her Canadian doctoral alma mater distinguishes her from her peers at formal events), for bringing fudge to students on test days, for inviting classes to her home and for attending plays, concerts and athletic events (even if she’s not much of a sports fan) to cheer on her students.
That, she says, is what she most loves about this teaching profession that she never planned to pursue.
The hardest part, she says, is knowing that she won’t be the perfect teacher for every student.
“The best part, though,” she says, “is that with some students, you touch lives and make a difference.”