Kevin Anthony Fox, Jr.
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, Villanova University Graduate History Program
Editor, Historically Speaking (https://vugradhistory.wordpress.com)
1. What does it mean to be a graduate recruiter?
Being a graduate recruiter in many ways means getting to be the face of the program. As the graduate recruiter, you are the first contact with the program’s prospective cohort of students for the next academic year. I love showing students around the campus and telling them about my experience here. One of my favorite projects was compiling a list of the colleges and universities that have been or might be sources of future M.A. students in History. I enjoy the opportunity to reach-out to students to let them know Villanova could be their future academic home.
2. Is there anything about our program that surprises students?
I think students are generally very impressed when they see the publications by all of our professors in the department, including Dean Lindenmeyr. I also think students are pleasantly surprised to discover the graduate students’ home away from home – the Rofinot Lounge.
3. How has Villanova differed from your undergraduate experience?
Villanova is different than my undergraduate experience at Loyola New Orleans in many ways. At Loyola, although I got to know my professors, here I have gotten to know all of the department’s faculty pretty well. The faculty and students regularly interact and the department fosters a collegial environment. Also, going to a small school for my Bachelor’s degree meant that I was used to taking part in discussions and having professors that assigned multiple books or frequent articles in classes. Nonetheless, the stakes certainly are raised in the sense of cultivating your own learning environment at the graduate level.
4. What is living in the suburban Philadelphia area like compared to the places that you lived in the past?
While it is not the same as living in the city of New Orleans, I probably go to Philadelphia for fun things or academic events more often than I went to the city of Houston when I was living in its suburbs. I definitely go to Philadelphia more often for edifying events than I went to the Las Vegas strip from the suburbs – though I guess I went on several Hoover Dam tours. There are no beaches and not as much hiking as in Hawaii, but there is cool stuff going on in the city nonetheless.
5. What do you plan to do after graduation?
I am exploring opportunities to gain teaching experience next year. Still, I plan to enter a PhD program sooner than later. My long-term plan is to be a professor and an author. Maybe I will even write fiction or run for public office. I like to travel and I tend to roll with the punches.
6. What is your role with Historically Speaking?
I serve as the editor of the Graduate Student blog called Historically Speaking. I also write for the blog on a regular basis. A recent one for which we received great feedback was my op-ed on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.