Professors Are People Too



Professors Are People Too is a show hosted by an English major looking to find the person behind the Ph.D. Trying to rebuild the professor-student relationship, host Ali Oshinskie takes us on a tour of the professors who transformed her learning experience from lecture-hall lost to office-hour happy. In collaboration with University of Connecticuts Creative Writing Department and WHUS, UConns Sound Alternative, this podcast ventures off the syllabus into lessons that cant be graded.


  • Episode 6: Humanities Majors Are People Too

    07/06/2017 Duração: 34min

    The Episode Sometimes when you tell people you’re a humanities major, they look at you like you just said you have 6 months to live. Is life with a humanities degree all that dismal? In this episode, Ali is teaming up with two other UConn students, Sahar Iqbal and Alice Hu, to tell the stories […]

  • Episode 5: Victoria Ford Smith

    31/05/2017 Duração: 21min

    The Episode For Ali, the nights before the school resumes bring stress, lack of sleep, and counting of sheep. And the summer before senior year was the worst one. This semester, she’s got a different kind of class. In Fairy Tales and Adaptations, Professor Victoria Ford Smith assigns the class to talk about their stresses. […]

  • Episode 4: Dwight Codr

    21/03/2017 Duração: 21min

    The Episode Professor Dwight Codr is the typical English professor, nice wool suit, tortoise-rimmed glasses, and loves himself some good British Literature. Ali isn’t the typical English major, she’s got ADD, just declared the major, and did we mention she’s not too fond of reading? In her first semester in the major, Ali tries out […]

  • Season Two: Introduction, How to Get a Job

    10/03/2017 Duração: 02min

    The Season In May, Ali’s out of here. That’s right, she’s graduating and it’s time to find a job with her English degree. This season, Ali’s hitting office hours to learn the lesson everyone’s looking for but no one teaches, ADLT 1000: How to Get a Job. This is Professors Are People Too. The Podcast […]

  • Episode 3: Sean Forbes

    10/02/2017 Duração: 20min

    The Episode So here’s the big reveal, Ali’s not the only one behind Professors Are People Too! Sean Forbes, an Assistant Professor-in-Residence and the Director of Creative Writing, is Ali’s podcast advisor. Week-to-week, Ali and Sean meet, they talk about writing, horoscopes, and obviously, the podcast! But while Ali’s busy making the first two episodes, […]

  • Episode 2: Cathy Schlund-Vials

    30/11/2016 Duração: 22min

    The Episode On the first day of class, Professor Schlund-Vials does something unheard of. Impressed by this teaching tactic, Ali develops an “office-hours crush” and finds herself welcomed in Professor Schlund-Vials’s office. They talk about everything from dogs to family history to race. During these visits, Ali realizes that Professor Schlund-Vials is not only easy to talk […]

  • Episode 1: Gina Barreca

    05/11/2016 Duração: 19min

    The Episode Ali keeps hearing all these lovely things about someone named “Gina Barreca.” But when she enrolls in Professor Barreca’s Creative Writing course, it’s not exactly what she expected. Professor Barreca helps the class unravel their stories, and in the process tells a few of hers; those stories overlap in more ways than you’d […]

  • Professors Are People Too, Introduction

    05/11/2016 Duração: 04min

    Host Ali Oshinskie loves school. But in her sophomore year, she took a lecture hall class that changed everything: the distance between the professor and the students made her wonder, do these people even care? Since then, she’s found professors who’ve changed the learning experience and she’s taking us on a tour of the people […]