Sept. 12, 2005
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
Former high school teacher and her student reunited in
new roles as colleagues
COLUMBUS, Miss. – An orientation for department chairs
at Mississippi University for Women turned into a
reunion of sorts for two faculty members.
Dr. Sue Jolly, chair of the Department of Education and
coordinator of field experiences, and Dr. Martin Hatton,
an associate professor and chair of the Department of
Communication, have a past.
Hatton was apart of an advanced classed called Merit
that Jolly taught during his 10th and 11th grade years
at Caledonia High School.
“The course was designed, I believe, to foster critical
reasoning skills, although our agenda was to tax Dr.
Jolly's patience,” Hatton recalled.
Jolly said, “He was in a resource class for gifted
students, and so I worked with him and his classmates
developing writing skills, doing creative projects,
problem solving and critical thinking and developing
research skills. We didn't focus in one content area. He
was a creative and capable high school student.
“I don't recall any conversations back then about Marty
becoming a teacher.
However, I have always known that he would be successful
in whatever endeavor he chose. It does not surprise me
that he is in communications and that he has pursued an
education, earning a Ph.D.”
Hatton, who has taught at MUW since 1992, said, “Dr.
Jolly taught thinking outside of the box. The reasoning
skills she helped to foster were essential in my
graduate research [as a graduate student at the
University of Alabama] and are the foundation upon which
I draw in my career every day. It is that skill more
than any other that I try to foster in the Communication
Department at MUW.”
The MUW alumnus credits Jolly with being “one of two
very inspirational teachers, the other being Mrs. Sheila
Thead, who was my English teacher for three years.
“I consider it an honor to be working in the company of
Jolly said, “It feels great to be his colleague because
I know what a capable individual he is. Also, teachers
enjoy knowing about the successes of their students…it
is one of the joys of teaching. I very much look
forward to working now alongside him here at MUW.”