John Galligan – Employee Profile
To say that a lot has changed since John Galligan started teaching at Madison College in 1987 would be an understatement.
We sat down with the author and writing instructor on the eve of his retirement to talk about some of those changes, legacy and inspiration.
What will you miss about the college?
I’ll miss being able to move students. I’ll miss that a lot.
I’ll also miss my colleagues and I wish them the best of luck in the future. We’ve seen a marked increase in student trauma and new programs related to equity. Couple these factors with additional classes and more work for the faculty - it’s not getting easier.
Last question. What does the future look like for you? More novels? Downtime?
I’m looking forward to slowing down. Between writing and teaching, I’ve been juggling two careers for a while and I’m looking forward to focusing on just one.
I’ve had to be extremely disciplined and I’m looking forward to being a little less disciplined and also making more time for family and friends.