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Jason  Norman

Jason Norman

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA USA

"I've learned that it's better to regret doing something than regret not doing it."

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Jason 's work combines: Education, Writing, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Adjunct English instructor

I teach several levels of English.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Old Dominion University

  • Graduate Degree

    Writing, General

    Old Dominion University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Adjunct English instructor:

Bachelor's Degree: Journalism

Graduate Degree: Writing, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Winning two journalism awards and publishing thousands of articles

  • 2.

    Going to graduate school

  • 3.

    Finishing graduate school in a year

  • 4.

    Grabbing a college instructional job right out of grad school

  • 5.

    Staying at the job for nine years

  • 6.

    Losing the job

  • 7.

    Getting a new teaching job at my alma mater

  • 8.

    Publishing five books, including one about my first year as a father after being diagnosed with autism

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    I can't say that I heard discouragement; no one ever said that I shouldn't be a college instructor. I wasn't a great student, so I had self-doubts, but that was about the extent of discouragement.

  • How I responded:

    Try this out anyway; you might find you have a knack for it, like I did. I've learned that it's better to regret doing something than regret NOT doing it, and I have failed VERY often in my teaching career. But then, so has everyone else, though some might not want to discuss or admit it. Keep trying until you know you've done all you have.