Name: Mark Britner
Title: Professor of Physical Education
Education: M.S. from Indiana University; B.A. from University of Evansville
Years at Franklin College: 38 years
Community Involvement: USA Volleyball
How does the liberal arts and sciences education at Franklin benefit students in the field of physical education?
“Our field is a ‘people’s field.’ You must be able to relate to all types of people and a well-rounded education allows you to do that.”
Is there anything you think is particularly unique about teaching at Franklin as compared to other schools?
“I don’t think Franklin is particularly unique from other small colleges but I definitely believe there is a huge difference between small colleges and larger universities. It is too easy for a student to get lost at a bigger school. I enjoy the interaction that is possible at a small school. One thing that the Physical Education Department faculty do that is unique is having a good association with area home school programs and incorporating those students into our physical education teacher education program, giving our students additional teaching experiences.”
Where have your students been employed after graduation from Franklin and what are their responsibilities at these companies?
“Our students have been successful in getting jobs within various school systems throughout the state.”
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen to better prepare for college?
“My best advice is for them to remember they are not in high school anymore! College is different! Too many students did not have to apply themselves in high school and unfortunately carry that mindset with them to college. They then have trouble with the workload and accepting that they are now responsible for themselves.”
If you could teach a college course in any other department, what would it be and why?
“Psychology. As I stated earlier, our field is a ‘people’s field’ and having a better understanding of people, and especially how people learn, is something in which I have a great deal of interest.”
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