Scott Still



Scott Still
Phone: (313) 845-6380
Office: L-210
Building: Liberal Arts Building
Fax: (313) 317-6690.


Teaching Philosophy

As an alumnus of HFCC and a very non-traditional student myself, I feel fortunate to possess a unique perspective on higher education that is a result of my unconventional college experience. It is this perspective, I believe, that helps me relate to my students, many of whom are also non-traditional students. Armed with this insight, I do my best to anticipate and understand their particular and often unique needs. I am, however, firmly committed to the concept that a college education - a true education, one that teaches individuals to think and reason for themselves - is possible and attainable for virtually anyone willing to put forth the effort necessary to earn one.

Consequently, I feel I am doing my best work as an educator when I am fair but firm; I expect the best from my students because I believe that most people will rise to the level of the challenge. In doing so, however, I try to make myself as available as possible to ensure that my students get the assistance they need to ensure their success.

Teaching Activity

Since I began my teaching career at Eastern Michigan University, I have taught or assisted in the teaching of dozens of classes from developmental writing to introductory literature courses.  The list below offers sample syllabi for a couple of my recent courses at HFCC.

ENG 093-17: Paragraphs to Essays

ENG 132-71: College Writing and Research


Eastern Michigan UniversityM.A. (2003)
Eastern Michigan UniversityB.S. (2001)
Henry Ford Comm. CollegeA.A. (1990)
Shortly after graduating from Dearborn Heights' Crestwood High School, I enrolled in the Honors Program at HFCC in the fall of 1987. Uncertain of my career path at that point, I took a variety of courses - in the humanities, electronics and business - that ultimately led to my earning a liberal arts degree here in 1990. Somewhere along the way, however, inspired by HFCC and its instructors, I decided that a college teaching position would be about the best job I could ever hope to have.
Nonetheless, sometimes life gets in the way of our goals and for me this became a "dream deferred." After marrying and beginning a family, though, I decided it was finally time to get serious about fulfilling my dreams. I returned to school in 1998 and completed my bachelor's degree in literature in 2001. With inertia on my side, I continued straight through, completing my master's degree in English in 2003.
After gaining experience at both EMU and Wayne State University, I started teaching here at HFCC as an adjunct instructor during the fall semester of 2003 and began my stint as a full-time faculty member in winter 2004. While I am currently focusing on acclimating myself to my new position, I intend to begin work on my Ph.D. in the near future.