Harry Carrellviking

Lecturer of Mass Communication/Public Relations
Ferguson Center 229

I've been a school teacher working with students in and out of the classroom my entire adult life. I started my teaching career as a graduate teaching assistant at Bemidji State University and I've been teaching ever since. I actually taught my first class as a high school senior and did some part time teaching as an undergraduate at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I have now been a full time teacher for over 5 decades.

My first full time teaching job was at Missouri State University (it was then Southwest Missouri State) where I taught English and Journalism classes. I created and taught the first Science Fiction class on the campus. I was also the faculty advisor to the college newspaper and the vets club.

I then moved to Marshall, Missouri and started teaching at Marshall High School. I retired from public school teaching May of 2003, after 28 years in the same high school coaching and teaching. I Coached Football, Tennis, Wrestling (only two years), and Baseball. My experiences coaching the high school tennis teams, both girls and boys, were among the highlights of my coaching career.

I returned to part time college teaching at Missouri Valley College teaching writing, literature and Mass Communications classes. I also taught as an adjunct at State Fair Community College.

The MVC job morphed into full time employment and I became General Manager of KMVC, the college radio station. I also became the instructor of the new Public Relations Major.

Those of you who have taken classes with me or will take classes with me will realize that my true passion is teaching.

I enjoy singing, collecting old cars, reading and writing. And of course sports and closely follow the Chiefs and the Royals.

At last count I had 14 automobiles in various states of repair as I anticipated full time retirement so I could work on them. But I went back to teaching instead.

My 1968 Ford Convertible (Pink) is nearly completed and I built a 1971 Ford Mustang for my wife and son. It's finished. Other cars such as my 54 Mercury (I have 2) and a 1980 Mustang are in various states of disarray in my huge shop behind my house.

As I said before, even at my advanced age, my passion is teaching. I spend most of my spare time in preparation and working on my various projects for the classroom. I spend a lot of time in my office on the third floor of Ferguson--visit me anytime even if you're not enrolled in one of my classes.

I Hope to start writing fiction again when time permits. Every second year when I teach the Young Adult Literature class I get the urge to start writing again--but the classroom has always taken up most of my time.

I have one son; Frank Laurence (named for my brothers) nicknamed "Duke".

I've been married to the same woman since 1969. We live on a small farm of 40 plus acres south of Marshall.