Get to know Mercer University‘s faculty members a little better through our “Faculty Flashback” series. Some of our professors will be sharing personal and professional details of their lives in a Q&A as well as then-and-now photos from today and their college days.
Dr. Pam Estes Brewer, professor of technical communication and director of the M.S. in Technical Communication Management program, has worked at Mercer for eight years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in English and professional writing, and a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric.
1. What advice, related to life or college, would you offer students at Mercer now?
Do good work and leave the world a better place than you found it.
2. What is something you wish you knew in college that you know now?
Start an IRA!
3. What made you want to join the team at Mercer?
The Department of Technical Communication has a fabulous national reputation, and the faculty in the School of Engineering are both collegial and competent. This is hard to find.
4. What do you love most about your work?
5. What are some of the projects/accomplishments you’ve been most proud of in your career so far?
I am most proud when I see students happy and successful. I am also proud of a recent research textbook, a book on international virtual teaming, an award for innovative teaching, and my work with the Society for Technical Communication. I am this year’s chair of the Mercer University House of Delegates. In this role, and with my colleagues who serve in the House of Delegates, I serve faculty interests, as our faculty contribute to our outstanding University. We have worked very hard this past year on improving communication between faculty and administration, including work on COVID-19 measures and on research processes at the University.
6. What is your favorite spot on Mercer’s campus?
7. What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I volunteer for animal rescue and fostering. The condition of animal welfare in Georgia is appalling, and there are lots of ways to help. I enjoy reading, buying instruments that I never learn to play, restoring our home, working in the garden and having happy hour. I plan to learn to quilt.