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Student Connection Faculty Q&A

Lillie S. Calloway-Lecturer, Department of Mathematics


Lillie S. Calloway

Since 1996, Lillie Calloway has served as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. Because she teaches introductory level mathematics, students of various majors find their way into her classroom at one point or another while at HU. Her nurturing nature is a welcomed sight on campus, with students often popping up in her office to discuss not just classroom topics, but for personal advice too.

The Student Connection sat down with Lillie Calloway to find out how she celebrated the holidays and what’s kept her going all these years.

How did you celebrate the holiday break?
Spending time with family and remembering the true reason for Christmas.

Do you cook during the holidays? What did you enjoy cooking for Christmas?
Yes, they come to my house; my house is the gathering place. Of course [I like to cook] turkey and ham; and we have to have fried chicken. Macaroni and cheese, potato salad, stuffing with the turkey, candied yams, homemade rolls, collard greens, green beans, sweet potato pie, pound cake and apple pie. We have a great time together.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies?
I love to read. And I like working with little children, elementary school children, with math and reading. I also like to help them improve their math skills because that’s where the foundation begins.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading something called “Up Country” about a person who served in Vietnam in the military who is being asked to return as part of the CIA.

Many students see you as a role model, a beloved professor. Did anyone inspire you when you were a student at HU?
Dr. Robert Bonner. He took us on a walk one day through the woods [around campus.] I never knew a human being could know so much! He was pointing out different plants and trees … I was just in awe. He had a way about him where you just listened to his every word.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at HU?
Well, I look forward to when school starts; to see who the students are. They are so diverse in terms of talents and interests. I try to know my students – not to be intrusive – but sometimes help direct them to the right place.

In 2000, HU honored you with the Edward L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award. How did that feel?
To be recognized by my colleagues and students at my alma mater meant a lot … This has been the most wonderful teaching experience I’ve had. I can truly say that I have enjoyed every year of my career.

-Alison Phillips