Experience the Moravian Effect
Each issue of InCommon tells the story of one of Moravian’s alums who exemplify what we call the Moravian Effect. The added value from their Moravian experience is created through Moravian’s emphasis on strong, personalized majors, hands-on learning opportunities, and encouragement of a deeper enjoyment of life—which is nurtured by engaged faculty and alumni. Surveys of our graduates show that these qualities help them grow in four years into focused adults who succeed and excel in an increasingly challenging world.
Julie Anderson Shoults ’05
Graduate Assistant for German, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Connecticut
She was inspired by Moravian’s faculty
From childhood, Julie Anderson Shoults ’05 knew where she wanted to go to school and what she wanted to do with her life. “I was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., so I had been on campus since I was little. I knew what Moravian had to offer,” she says. She enjoyed the liberal arts school from the start.
“In sixth grade, the students were required to take a language. I chose German, and I took it every year after,” she says. When it was time to make the big decision on where to go after high school, she knew that Moravian’s smaller atmosphere would suit her best.
She enjoyed the interaction with her professors, because they genuinely cared about her schooling and wanted her to succeed. “Moravian faculty is very involved and supportive,” she says. Moravian prepared her for the lifelong journey ahead. She credits two Moravian professors, Josef Glowa, a professor of German, and Theresa Dougal, a professor of English and chair of the department, with helping her achieve her goals.
“Dr. Dougal was my adviser. She helped me through my honors thesis and project. She provided me with the necessary skills for the future. My parents still bump into her sometimes, because they go to the same church,” she says.
“Originally, I was an English major with a secondary education minor, because I wanted to teach high school. Over time, my interests changed, with a special thanks to Glowa, and I dropped secondary education to pursue a minor in German. Then, when I was a junior, Glowa convinced me it was still possible to double major in English and German, so I did. He helped me find programs abroad, and even helped me obtain a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Germany,” she says.
“I want to build relationships with my students. I love to teach, and I want to teach college. Teaching and students remind me why I am doing this.”
During her ten-month stay in Berlin, she taught classes as a teaching assistant. “I still keep in touch with my friends and pseudo-families from Germany. German is a part of who I am,” she says. Glowa believed she could push herself even farther, so Shoults applied to graduate school, and was accepted into the University of Connecticut. She earned her M.A. in German studies in 2009, her graduate certificate in women's studies in 2011, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in German.
Shoults plays both the roles of a teacher and a student. When she is not teaching German, Gender in Everyday Life, and Gender in Global Perspective as a graduate assistant, she is writing her dissertation on women and socialism in German literature..
Shoults loves everything about teaching. “Since UCONN is so much larger than Moravian, students are often identified by a number rather than a name. I was so inspired by Moravian’s teaching styles and small classrooms that I make sure to build relationships with my students. I strive to know each student by name, which creates a more personal experience,” she says. Her technique has proven successful, because many students have asked me for recommendations.