Ram Fam reunion - Erin Whitford

Local English Instructor thankful for her inspiring professors

By Aubree Bailey
On September 14, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Erin Whitford laughs with her sons as the older one gets the younger one to smile. Whitford has always made a point to make family a priority over work.

Erin Whitford left her hometown of Midland in 2006 to attend ASU, graduating with her Bachelor’s in English in 2009, and then with her Master’s in English in 2011 at the young age of 22.

When asked why she chose ASU, Whitford said, "I actually was going to run track, but ended up having surgery. But ASU was close to home, affordable, and I felt like I was going to receive a solid education for a good price."

Although Whitford didn’t get to run, she was heavily involved in many other aspects of campus life.

"I played intramurals. We weren’t great, but I did volleyball and basketball. That was fun. I also held various leadership positions in Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Delta Pi."

Whitford worked for the Ram Page, was editor of the Oasis her senior year, and participated in several other organizations as well.

She currently teaches English at Howard College, as well as serves as the Division Co-Chair for General Studies.

"I got a job in the area I wanted almost immediately," Whitford said. "I was blessed for sure."

She credits her desire to teach to her professors at ASU.

"I wanted to teach college English towards the end because I had such good teachers. I loved the classroom setting. I loved the authenticity of the importance of literature and writing development," Whitford said.

When asked how else ASU taught her to be successful, she answered, "Time management. There’s definitely an element of time management there. ASU does a good job providing work study and activities you can carry over."

Besides her success in her career field, Whitford has also found success in the area of family.

"I met my husband at ASU in Carr Hall," Whitford reminisces.

She and husband Brandon Whitford, ASU graduate and current Multimedia Specialist at the University, have two boys, Judah and Elijah.

"Eventually, I’d like to pursue a Ph.D.," Whitford said about her future career goals. "I’d also like to publish a book of poetry."

Whitford reflected on her time at ASU with immense gratitude to the faculty and staff.

"So many professors in and out of the English Department were incredibly tremendous. They went above and beyond being a teacher. I never felt like an inconvenience. They made time for me. Even the Scholarships Office was super gracious and really informative," Whitford said. "There’s a reoccurring theme throughout the staff- they want the students to succeed."

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