Upon graduating from the University of Montevallo in December of 1995, Brian Connell began his teaching career as an adjunct Speech/Theatre instructor at Gadsden State Community College in January of 1996. As an adjunct instructor, Mr. Connell taught Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Speech 106), Interpersonal Communication (Speech 116), as well as Public Speaking (Speech 107).
He also briefly served as Faculty Advisor for Gadsden State’s student newspaper, using the skills he developed during his previous career as a newspaper reporter to assign stories to student reporters while grading their work, edit copy, and supervise page layout of the paper.
During his time as an adjunct instructor, Mr. Connell has been fortunate enough to be able to combine his post-graduate education in theatre arts with his love of theatre, by teaching Theatre Appreciation (THR 120), Theatre Workshop classes, as well as Acting. He has also directed four plays for Gadsden State, during which he taught students fundamental techniques of acting, and cast students in each show, giving them opportunities to act, and perform other essential functions in the production of plays.
Mr. Connell was hired as a full-time Speech instructor at Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus in Anniston in January of 2009. In the Fall of 2010, he was transferred to GSCC’s Cherokee Campus in Centre, where he continues to teach today. He also currently teaches on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden.
In addition to teaching “traditional, on-site” classes since being an adjunct instructor, Mr. Connell has taught distance learning Speech 106 and Theatre Appreciation courses for several years.
During his “free time,” Mr. Connell enjoys traveling both in the U.S. and abroad, listening to (and wishing he could play) music, reading, and spending time with his wife Patricia, who also teaches Speech at Gadsden State. He also spends as much time as possible with his daughter Anna, before she “leaves the nest” for college, after attending Gadsden State first, of course.