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Meet Franklin College Faculty Member, Connie Ables-Rigsbee, Ph.D.

bio-Connie-Ables-RigbeeName: Connie Ables-Rigsbee

Title: Assistant Professor of Education

Education: Ph.D. 2011 Indiana University; M.Ed. 2001 Olivet Nazarene University; B.S. 1996 Indiana University Southeast; B.S. 1986 Indiana University Southeast; B.S. 1984 Indiana State University

Years at Franklin College: 6 years

Campus and Community Involvement: Franklin First Scholars Summer Program; BOSS Mentor Program; Franklin College Convocation Committee; Music Search and Education Search Committees; served on the Franklin Curriculum Committee


How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field education?

“Our future teachers face an array of challenges in the school system. Having a liberal arts background will help them think critically about all of the issues they will face and enable them to connect ideas and resources together that will help them become excellent teachers.”

Is there anything that you think is particularly unique about Franklin as opposed to other schools?

“At Franklin College, students begin their teaching practice in their sophomore year. Our students graduate with seven different school placements. This allows them to teach in many different grade levels, as well as many different content areas. They are some of the best prepared teachers in the nation. We had 100 percent placement last year and expect the same this year. Our students are sought after by many school systems.”

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

“I would tell new students to keep up with their school work and also enjoy college life. It is a wonderful time and it goes by quickly; join clubs, play sports and try new things!”

If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?

“I love United States history, so I would enjoy teaching a course in that area. I am also very interested in wellness and nutrition, so I would be interested in teaching a course that included a ‘live it’ instead of a diet.”

What is something students would be surprised to learn about you?

“I am currently taking yoga teacher training. It is a lot of work and effort, but I love it!”

Describe your favorite characteristic of the Franklin community.

“I really love the campus environment. I think everyone is polite and helpful, and that makes for a good environment. I also think our campus is very pretty. Sometimes when I am walking from my car to the buildings, I just stop and look at the quad to take it all in.”

For more information about what a degree from Franklin College can do for you, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 852-0232.


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