Cress says his love for NKU began when he was in high school. His mother attended the NKU Grant County Center, so he was familiar with the university at a young age. And then during his freshman year of college, Cress transferred to NKU from the University of Kentucky to be closer to home.
“When I was an undergraduate student at NKU, the small class sizes and passionate instructors made it feel as if I was getting a private university education,” he says.
Shortly after Cress received both his associate and bachelor’s degree from NKU in 2012, he began working at Christ Hospital and Mercy Health. While in the field, he had the chance to connect with NKU students during their clinical rotations. He enjoyed teaching and asked if he could guest lecture in the Radiologic Science
Fast forward a few years and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology
later, and Cress is not only a clinical assistant professor at NKU but also pursuing another degree: a doctorate in educational leadership
Cress, like many other faculty members, has felt the impacts of teaching during a pandemic.
“This has been extremely difficult for me,” he says. “I tend to feed off of the energy of my students in face-to-face classes and know when to project my own energy onto them.”
Due to social-distancing requirements set by health professionals and the university, Cress moved to teaching classes in an online-only format. But everything has come full circle for Cress, and he’s doing what he can to keep his students engaged.
“As a faculty member, I try to instill my own passion and drive in all interactions with my students—though this has been difficult due to the pandemic,” he says. “However, I found fun ways to inject this passion and love for NKU into video lectures throughout this semester. Instead of a one-way street of me teaching at my students, I wanted to make sure my students were engaged throughout these videos making it more of a two-way street.”