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20 Questions with Juliann Woods

20 Questions with Juliann Woods


 1. What was your first job?
I grew up on a farm so my first jobs involved feeding animals and driving tractors as soon as I was tall enough. I do not think my dad worried about child labor laws.

2. If you were to write a personal memoir, what would you name it?
I just can’t see that happening. However, I would narrate a humorous video of kids and parents having fun together.

3. Where did you grow up?
Our farm is located in a small, rural, northeastern Iowa town, Fairbank. Hm…. Small, rural and Iowa are a bit redundant. I think it is important to point out, however, that in contrast to Senator Joni Ernst, none of the kids on my school bus wore bread bags on their feet.

4. What is your favorite class you’ve taught?
Just about every class I teach is my favorite… for that semester.

5. What is your favorite place to grab dinner in Tallahassee?
Anywhere I eat with family or friends. I like food but I am not a foodie.

6. What are your hobbies outside of work?
I like to travel and I like my work… so doing my work in new places is terrific.

7. Have you always wanted to teach?
No, but it is the most legitimate way to be able to spend your life in college.

8. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to or where would you like to go?
My favorite for the moment is Denmark. Since, I like to travel my favorite place changes regularly.

9. How many football games have you attended?
A bunch but I am more likely to watch from home. I’m short and the person in front of me is always taller. I actually like to “see” the game not just attend.

10. Proudest career/life moment?
That might be something I could put in my memoir!

11. What’s your favorite band?
None have lived up to the Grateful Dead yet. They came to Eugene regularly when I was at the U of O.

12. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t answer surveys or questionnaires for the CCI website unless you know how to play Jeopardy and plan to write a memoir.

13. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
Working with kids and families… traveling…. finding a favorite book… learning how to play Jeopardy but not writing a memoir!

14. What is your favorite book and why?
I have piles of current books and my favorite ones change rapidly. I like to tour airport bookstores and grab the latest of business, motivation, leadership, professional development etc. and then compare the pop culture version to research. Jeopardy topics probably should be on my list since I can’t answer question #16.

15. If you could be famous for something, what would it be?
Right now I am thinking it should be Jeopardy.

16. What Jeopardy category could you clear, no problem?
Alas, none.

17. Do you have any pets?
Yes, a cat named Psycho. That’s a long story that will surely be in my video memoir.

18. When did you start working at Florida State University?
15 years ago. I came on a visiting professorship for a year to start the Distance Learning program for SLPs and I stayed.

19. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
Penguins of Madagascar with my grandgirls

20. What is the best part about your job?
Being in an environment with opportunities to develop new information, repurpose what we have to new situations, be creative, learn, problem solve, build consensus across diverse interdisciplinary perspectives, and contribute to the whole.   Writing grants is the favorite part of my job. (Maybe my memoir could be a grant… and what if there was a Jeopardy column on Sponsored Research rules that should not be broken?)


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