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Falcon Spotlight- Dr.Muriel Fuqua

Scott Tammetta

Muriel Fuqua, 2015

  • Professor (Humanities & Communications Department)

  • DSC employee since 1989 

    Degrees and schools where awarded:

    • Jackson State University– Jackson, Mississippi           
      • B.A. English Literature with a Minor in ComputerScience

    M.A. English Literature

    • International Seminary – Plymouth, Florida
      • Diploma in Practical Theology
      • Ph.D. – Biblical Studies
      • State of Florida
        • Child Development Associate (CDA)
        • National Director Credential (Child Care)

    Career/Professional honors:

    • 1999 – Wrote and designed the first African American Literature course offered at Daytona State College (AML 2600 - An Introduction to African American Literature)
    • 1997-2004 – Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
    • 2008 – Volusia County “Hometown Hero” Award/Recognition
    • 2014 – Published Autobiographical Memoir – He Wrapped My Pain In His Glory
    • 2014 – Released EP Music CD – My Pain, His Glory

    Outside interests:

    • Senior Pastor of a local church – Word And Praise Family Church, Inc.
    • Administrator for local private school – Word And Praise Christian Learning Center – PreK-1 – 8th grade
    • Enjoy spending time with my family and friends
    • Enjoy traveling
    • I have traveled and ministered in the Republic of the Philippines; Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas; Paris, France; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I did substitute teaching at middle schools in Jackson, Miss.  I also worked with the black newspaper (Jackson Advocate), and in various clerical jobs.  

    What professional projects are you working on right now? Currently, I am in the process of completing my second book.  It is a book of inspirational quotes and poems. 

    What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State Collegeexperience? The fact that I am able to make a major impartation into the lives of not just young people, but people of all ages, genders and cultures is very rewarding to me. My motto in life is “Knowledge held within is dead knowledge. Share it with others, and it is then resurrected.”  It has been most rewarding, sharing my knowledge with others.

    What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I have been teaching at DSC for the past 25 years, and the one goal I hope to achieve in my career is to become a senior professor. For the past six years, my health has not allowed me to do a lot of extra service to the college, nor professional development. In 2009, I was diagnosed with MS, and in 2010, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  Those two diseases slowed me down a bit, as far as doing extra things.

    In life? I just want to make sure that I am empty before leaving earth. I want to impart everything to everyone that God has ordained for me to impact, and I just want to enjoy life and live it to its fullest. 

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? It really comes from a quote that I always include in my class syllabi. I don’t remember who said this quote to me, but it is this: “Once a task has begun, never quit, until it is done. Whether the task is great or small, do it your best, or don’t do it at all.”

    One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: Many people look at me and assume that I am very quiet. That is not so. Actually, I am a very outgoing person. I love people and gatherings! I love laughing, acting silly and having fun! 

    Last book read:  The one I recently published: HeWrapped My Pain in His Glory.

    If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Muriel’s Personality Facts: Inside, you will find her to be Friendly, Humorous, Reliable, Helpful, Honest, Loyal, Punctual, Ambitious, Communicator, Optimistic, Neat, Creative, Imaginative, Spontaneous, Open, Flexible, Industrious, Clever, Tolerant, Self-confident and Considerate 

    Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for his courage; Maya Angelou for her creativity; my mother (Bernice Harris Avant) for making me who I am today, and most of all, Jesus Christ, for being the center of my joy.

    The Daytona State of Mind to me means to assist in accomplishing the mission of embracing excellence and diversity, as well as fostering innovation to enhance teaching and learning.

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Last updated: 2015-05-29T18:58:59.902Z