Professor George Albert "makes you want to learn"
Profile by Danielle O'Neil
George Smith Albert is a professor at Cape Cod Community College, where he teaches Foundations in Writing, Composition II, American Literature II, and The Short Story.
Albert is currently a resident in East Dennis, which was his family's home. He came to Cape Cod in 1991 to take care of his ill mother who passed away in 1994. In 1991, he was hired at CCCC as an adjunct instructor in English.
In 1997, he was selected to hold the Tilden Chair at CCCC for two years.
Albert also teaches in the CLTL program at the Barnstable Court, along with Judge Joseph Reardon and members of the Barnstable Probation Department. The course is an alternative sentencing program, which consists of reading and discussing short stories and novels. Individuals on probation who take the course may have their sentences reduced.
About his teaching, Albert said, "I have spent much of my time over the past few years developing my background in American literature and have been fortunate to teach American Lit. II and The Short Story, as well as Comp. II to exercise that interest." Currently, Albert spends much of his time developing courses that use the potential of the new Smart Classrooms because he has discovered that literature can be illustrated and enhanced by using the technology offered at the college. "Smart Classrooms enable teachers to incorporate technology into the curriculum," said Mike Lemieux of information technology. "The best thing about teaching is seeing students learn to write more clearly and to read more insightfully," said Albert. He finds that a good discussion about a piece of literature is really fun for him.
Lore Loftfield DeBower, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at CCCC, who has known Albert for at least 10 years, said, "He is always looking for new ways to make his classes relevant and up-to-date. George believes and knows that reading, studying, and discussing are transformative. Knowledge is power. He is dedicated to sharing that power."
"I learned more in two semesters from Mr. Albert than I have in four years of high school. He makes the class fun and makes you want to learn," said student Jermaine Cardoza.
Sample Syllabus: Barnstable District Court Winter 2004
Sample Syllabus: Barnstable District Court Spring 2004