Curated from “The Communicator,” a biannual publication of the School of Arts and Communication.
School of Arts and Communication is home to some dynamic and interesting professors, including Melissa Crofton, Ph.D.
Here, she shares some fun facts about herself.
- I used to be a respiratory therapist before I went back to school to pursue my B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. I met my husband on the job, where he happened to tell one of his patients that I was going to be his wife, even though I didn’t know it yet.
- I almost got locked in the Folger Shakespeare Library (located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.) when I had a fellowship there in 2009. I had to go down to the stacks to get a book and I had never been there before. I opened up a door that definitely wasn’t to the stacks and it shut before I could stop it. It was late on a Saturday night, and the library is closed on Sundays.You weren’t allowed to bring your phones into the library, so I could have been stuck there until someone found me (if someone found me) on Monday. I was absolutely frantic because every door I tried to open was locked. Moreover, I was horrified that I would set off an alarm and get caught for doing nothing—except for being stupid.
- I’m absolutely terrified of flying, though I won’t let it prevent me from taking vacations. I think my fear of flying came from the year I had my fellowship, since I had to fly to D.C. once a month.
- I used to be a cheerleader, and I had some totally awesome BIG hair. I can also still do the splits.
- I name my pets after my interests. I’ve had two springer spaniels named Hamlet and Ophelia, two birds named William and Kate, and we currently have a long-haired dachshund named Marlowe. I almost named him Dante, but I thought he looked more like a Marlowe when we met him.
You can learn more about Dr. Crofton, master medievalist here.