Victor Ellis

B.A.
German
1989
B.A.
Geography
1989
M.A.
German
1991
Director of Intelligence, Plans & Resources
Georgia Air National Guard

During my 28 years as an Air Force aviator and civilian lawyer I have applied many important skills learned in the College of Humanities both as an undergraduate student and graduate student teacher. Learning German and studying in Munich for my year abroad taught me critical thinking and analysis not only in a different language, but from different perspectives often completely at odds with my own innate cognitive bias. Teaching approximatly 180-200 undergraduates 1st and 2nd semester German courses forced me to confront students with varying backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles. I adapted lesson plans, activities, and assessments to convey information in a variety of formats to give each student the best possible chance of success. These skills and many others learned at Arizona have been applied with success in environments as varied as teaching a law school seminar at the University of Georgia, local government land use hearings in metro Atlanta, and flying combat missions in the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq.