Harun Karim Thomas, 2012
- Assistant Professor, English
- DSC employee since 2008
Degrees and schools where awarded: Ph.D., M.A., B.A. and B.S. from the University of Florida; A.A. from Indian River Community College
Career/Professional honors: TRiO Excellence in Instruction Award (2011); Calvin A. VanderWerf Teaching Award (2003)
Outside interests: Watching my children play soccer and participate in gymnastics competitions, volunteering at Tomoka Elementary and Hinson Middle Schools, running, catching up with family and friends, watching football and soccer, and anticipating a return to independent films/Bollywood cinema (screening), experimental video (producing), and drums (playing/studying jazz and samba).
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was a host and manager at Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville, a place that has grown exponentially over the years and has become one of the most popular restaurants in town.
What projects are you working on right now? I’m working on a review of Gregory Ulmer’s Miami Virtue for the Journal of Florida Studies.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? I am beginning to see the impact that I have had on students. One former student who took three classes with me (ENC 1101, ENC 1102, and AML 2050) completed his studies at DSC, transferred to Stetson and won a writing award, and plans to apply to graduate school for writing. Another former student most recently sent me an email that said she plans to teach English and that I inspired her to go into that field. It’s inspiring to me.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Maximize efficiency.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I began playing drums in 1996, when I transferred to the University of Florida. I studied the instrument so much that I eventually joined bands that opened up for headlining acts in Gainesville and was regarded as a local studio session drummer briefly before I decided to return to academia.
Last book read: Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? All Smiles
If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be: Jacques Derrida (philosopher), Frantz Fanon (psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and author), Bruce Lee (actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, producer and screenwriter), and Simone de Beauvoir (writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist).
The Daytona State of Mind to me is recognizing one’s inherent potential, taking advantage of the resources and going forward.