Page 21 - The Woods Magazine - Summer 2012

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Julian Hertzog: a
unique personality
By Leigh Rice ’14
Known for his quirky laugh and his
boisterous ways,
Julian Hertzog
, professor
of psychology at William Woods University,
has always been one to give a crowd a
good show.
Hertzog is the professor you can hear a
floor or two below where he is teaching. He
has come to be loved by his students for the
last 36 years for his energetic, optimistic
personality that keep students on their toes,
waiting for the next lesson.
Rewarded through the years for his
dedication to teaching, Hertzog recently
received the Dads’Association-Louis D.
Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for
Excellence in Teaching, an award he also won
in 1989. In 1996 he received the Governor’s
Award for Excellence in Teaching.
“I’m fortunate to have a job where you
look forward to coming to work every day
because with each class you have a different
group personality,” he said.
Hertzog came to WWU in 1976 when
he was hired as a counselor. Planning to
only stay in Missouri for two years before
heading back to his home state of Florida,
he changed his mind when he met his
Colleen Harper Hertzog
. Now a
retired special education teacher, she often
assists with the equestrian program at
“I was only a counselor for a short time
before I became a teacher. I don’t think I
was very good at it because I like to talk
too much,” Hertzog said. “I enjoy
teaching because I think I’m good at it.
I enjoy helping and I enjoy being with
people and being involved in their lives.”
He added, “There is a daily reward for
teaching, and that is when you know your
students have learned something or when
they have taken what they learned in class
and applied it to their everyday life. The
little successes matter, and the biggest
enjoyment comes when you see your
students go out and live a happy life.
You just kind of feel like you were part
of that process.”
One of his favorite moments at The Woods,
was when he trained pigs for a psychology
experiment and sent them through the
graduation ceremony. That made the
national news in 1983.
“When I first started at The Woods, it was
a very conservative school, and I was a
professor who insisted on going by my first
name and was known for breaking away
from the norm,” he said.
Hertzog often enjoys reflecting on his
experiences at the University of Florida,
where he received all three of his degrees. An
avid Gators fan, he can be seen wearing blue
and orange whenever his beloved team plays.
His office and his car are decorated with
Florida memorabilia. He still drives the
1964 Mustang he drove in college.
The psychology professor offers this
advice for his students: “Don’t push the river.
It flows by itself. Do everything you always
wanted to do. Don’t put off anything. Don’t
wish you would have, and don’t rush things.
Enjoy being young.”
There is a
daily reward for
teaching and that
is when you know
your students
have learned
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