News by Mary Margaret Busby December 7, 2022
Jake Hood, a speech instructor on the Grenada and Goodman campuses, was selected as the 2022-2023 Holmes Community College Humanities Teacher of the Year. He will deliver his scholarly presentation, “Reframing and Understanding Conflict,” on Feb. 22, 2023 in the Corey Forum on the Grenada Campus. A reception will follow the presentation. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Hood began teaching at Holmes in 2020. This year, he implemented a Civil Discourse Wall on the Grenada Campus for students. The mission of the wall was to promote dialogue that enhances understanding among individuals with diverse viewpoints in an open and respectful environment. As a topic is added to the wall, students have the opportunity to anonymously write their thoughts on the topic, expressing their viewpoints in a respectful manner.
Prior to joining the Holmes family, Hood served as a speech communication instructor for Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon and prior to that, at Oregon State University. He holds a Master of Arts in Speech Communication and Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and Psychology from OSU.
Hood has a heart for giving back and has volunteered at special school centers, working with people with disabilities. In his free time, he enjoys keeping up with the stock market, golfing with family and friends, participating in fantasy football, cooking, filling his shelves with books and DVDs, visiting baseball parks across the U.S. and seeing and learning about history. He also loves going to Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada in the summer and winter and visiting his brother Ben and the rest of his family in California.
After presenting his lecture at Holmes, Hood will be recognized by the Mississippi Humanities Council at the 2023 Public Humanities Awards Gala in Jackson.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Jake Hood, a speech instructor on the Holmes Community College Grenada Campus, who has been named the 2023 Humanities Teacher of the Year.