Christopher Dague, Adjunct Professor of Teacher Education and History, has been with Campbell since 2016. He began his career at Jack Britt High School (Fayetteville, NC), where he coached baseball and taught for 13 years. A graduate of Campbell (M.Ed. ’09), Dague recently moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he is an assistant professor of teacher education at The Citadel.
How did you end up in the classroom?
As cliche as it might sound, I knew from age six or seven that I wanted to teach. There were other opportunities that would have paid me more, but I never wavered in my desire to work with students.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering finishing their degree or starting for the first time as an adult?
I would tell students to commit to it, not just the idea of it, but the day-to-day responsibilities and obligations of it. I have seen firsthand the avenues it can open up for students. I watched my brother, a lieutenant of the Apex Fire Department, go back to school as an adult learner and earn his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. The days can be long and responsibilities can be great, but commit to it and do it for yourself and those who you love as well as those who love you.
What is your favorite book to recommend to students?
Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. It showed me that alternative perspectives in the American historical narrative exist and that meaningful dialogue on such topics can bring people closer in their respective understandings of the world.