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Get to Know the Faculty: Julie Isaacson


Julie Isaacson is completing her service as the chair of the Faculty Senate and president of the Faculty Association. Let’s get to know the nursing professor that so many of our graduates have seen at commencement.

Julie Isaacson
Julie Isaacson was presented with the Chancellor’s Exemplary Colleague Award
at the recent ASU System Board Meeting.

Place of birth?
Little Falls, New York
What makes a good professor?
You have to like what you are doing and work hard at it.
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
Elizabeth Stokes taught me how to be a teacher, Rose Nealis taught me the importance of detail and Betty Bohannon gave me my love of Critical Care.
What makes for a good student?
Interest in the subject, willingness to work at it and a sense of humor.
What’s the value of a university education?
Priceless. It should change how you think.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Commitment to the students is key.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
That the trust our patients freely give is a gift that is worthy of the utmost respect and responsibility.
Before you retire I want to...
Seriously? I’ve been here 28 years.
What music is playing in your car?
Eva Cassidy and Billy Joel
My favorite motion picture is...
The Sound of Music.
The television series I must TiVo...
Madam Secretary.
The last book I read for fun was...
I love to read. This past summer I read the Outlander series by Donna Gabaldon (historical fiction). I am a member of one of Jonesboro’s oldest book clubs. They read two books a month and I can’t keep up! We recently read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman is next on the list.
My favorite trip was...
The Burgundy Canal.
Four people I’d take to coffee...
Only four? In spite of my 28 years here, there are many on campus I don’t know very well. Might be fun to send an open invitation and see who shows up!
The best advice I ever received was...
"You don’t have to share every brilliant piece of advice you have!"
My hobby is...
reading, but I like retail therapy also.
My pet peeve is...
my crazy hair.
A perfect day is...
family, friends, a fire in the fireplace…
Cats or dogs?
E-book or hardback?
Usually hardback
Dinner or supper?
I wish I could...
Only my friends know I...
Only my friends know...
My favorite saying is...
"Life is not a dress rehearsal."