An Interview with Dr. Baldwin: Covid-19 Impact on College Professors

Dr. Martina Baldwin, Professor in the Department of Television Arts at CSUF

Dr. Martina Baldwin is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Cinema Television Arts. She received her B.A. in public relations with a minor in Sociology from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Mass Communications from Cal State Fullerton. She received her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

For our research study, my group and I want to analyze the impact Covid-19 had on college professors. The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis the U.S. has been dealing with for over a year. The governor of California initially called for a stay at home order in March of 2020. As a result, a lot of places had to be shut down. Such places were stores, restaurants, bars, churches, community centers, libraries, gyms, amusement parks, schools etc. California State University, Fullerton was called to shut down by the chancellor in March 2020 as well. The shut down of the school initiated an immediate transition to a virtual setting. This was during the middle of the Spring semester where all courses were to quickly be adjusted to virtual mode. This was a very sudden change for the whole institution. Full of uncertainty, faculty, staff and students had to quickly adapt themselves to distance learning. In this interview, Dr. Baldwin discussed with us the ways in which Covid-19 has affected her and her job as a professor. 

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