SoCon debuts Classroom Connections feature
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 09/06/2018
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

Chattanooga women's soccer player Masey Fox and Dr. Susan Eckelmann Berghel

About Masey Fox: 

  • Senior women's soccer player
  • 5-6 midfielder
  • History major

About Dr. Berghel:

  • Assistant professor and Director of Africana Studies
  • Owns a master’s degree in Afro-American studies from the UW Madison and a doctorate in American history from Indiana University Bloomington
  • Came to Chattanooga in 2014 after teaching at Indiana 


Masey Fox and Dr. Eckelmann Berghel on Chattanooga's campus

Q&A with Masey Fox: 

  • What makes Dr. Eckelmann Berghel a good teacher? Dr. Eckelmann has helped me tremendously in becoming a strong reader and analyzer. She introduced the skill of not just understanding a text, but also questioning its argument and influence. Dr. Eckelmann is passionate about history and she whole-heartedly assists her students in learning, mastering and discovering new ideas.
  • What is something you’re involved in outside of class and sports that we may not know? Outside of my classes and soccer, I have been working on my departmental thesis for history. It is a lot of research and writing about the Vietnam War, but fortunately, I have Dr. Eckelmann to help me. In addition, I have helped coach soccer with my old high school team. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience, which led me into pursuing a teaching or coaching career.
  • How do you manage academics, athletics and a social life? What is your key to good time management? Time management is one of the most important skills a student-athlete has to acquire. It helped me tremendously to plan out my days and try to finish the bulk of my homework before dinnertime. I split my homework into bits and pieces to complete throughout the day and I always fix myself a snack while I work so I stay energized. I would say time management and multitasking is a large part of a student-athlete’s life. I think most athletes would also agree that their social life is with their team. We form a wonderful family and support group within our teams - it certainly makes for fun bus trips!
  • What’s your favorite spot on campus? My favorite spot on campus is the library and Chamberlain Field. It’s the central part of UTC so students are always chatting, studying or just relaxing by Starbucks or on the grass.
  • What are your plans post grad? After graduation, I plan to pursue my master’s degree in sports management. I will keep playing soccer with any opportunity I get and I will simply enjoy entering the “real” world as a UTC Mocs alum.

 Q&A with Dr.  Eckelmann Berghel: 

  • What’s it like having Masey in your class? Masey stands out in the classroom through her diligence, hard work, intellectual curiosity, and excitement to engage with difficult questions and topics. In my role as her honors thesis mentor, I guide her during the research and writing process. It has been a pleasure to share a passion for original archival research and to rethink important historical narratives with her. Masey has received the Council of Scholar Scholarship and awarded most promising history major this past year. She used the award to conduct original research for her honors thesis on veterans of the Vietnam War. During her academic career at UTC so far, Masey has compiled an impressive record.
  • What is your favorite sport or hobby? I share Masey’s excitement for sports. I’m an ultra-runner and competitive cyclist. I also enjoy climbing and hiking!
  • What is your favorite spot on campus? The library - from its collections to the great resource it serves for students like Masey.
  • What is your favorite thing about teaching? The students! My success as a teacher rests on cultivating students’ intellectual curiosity and inspiring them to take on contemporary societal issues and political problems. In my classroom, students’ excitement about learning and sharing knowledge are central. 

About Classroom Connections: Classroom Connections is a new, bi-weekly feature that showcases student-athletes away from the playing field and highlights the relationship between student-athlete and professor. 

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