In so many ways, COVID-19 is a crisis in higher education, but it’s also revealing more inclusive ways of teaching. Andrea Eastman-Mullins is grateful to be a part of that change.
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
West End Learning helps educators build engaging courses using digital content. We build online products that support college teaching and consult to build educational resources for nonprofits. In our first year we launched a beta of Syllect, an innovative platform to connect faculty to vetted teaching resources, and built curriculum for non-profits including EmcArts, Wake Forest University, and Salem College. Using new content and pedagogies makes education more accessible and often more effective. We are excited to share our new approaches in the coming year.
Learning has always been central to who I am. Critical thinking and lifelong learning aren’t just buzzwords for me. With degrees in philosophy and education, I’m driven by creating learning experiences that open minds and inspire independent thought.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is?
In my fantasy (and occasionally actual) world, I sip coffee in an Adirondack chair with a view of the North Carolina mountains. In reality, I trip over the dog and think about how I shouldn’t check my phone.
4. My best business advice is….
Especially for women—push yourself to do something that scares you. If you are too comfortable, you aren’t learning.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Lead West End Learning to the next stage by launching our first product for use in higher education and developing new curriculum for like-minded organizations.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
We’d love to connect with college faculty, scholarly associations, or university administration interested in help with online teaching or educational resource development. If you know someone through your network, please introduce us. Learning about their challenges helps us shape future products and often leads to ways we can support them on a consulting basis short-term.
7. Your Astrological sign:
8. Favorite donut:
I’m not much of a doughnut person, but since I live in Winston-Salem, NC, home of Krispy Kreme, I’ve had to embrace the hot glazed.
9. Favorite podcast:
10. Favorite book:
The past few years it’s been the Sunday New York Times. I still get it in paper form. If I can find enough time to read it during the week, it’s a major achievement!
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
“Anne with an E” and “Liv and Maddie” (both with my 7-year-old daughter!)
12. When I practice self-care I…
…make wheel-thrown pottery at our local arts center.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…a walk with my family or at the top of a wooden roller coaster anticipating the ride ahead.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…played in a dart league with my husband.