by Adelina Ghilea staff writer
On Oct. 28 the communications students received unexpected news through a Blackboard mass email: Jamie Janosz, professor of communications, announced this will be her last semester as a full-time faculty member. In the spring, she will teach one last communication course, Core Tools: Words, as she transitions into her new job.
Beginning January 2014, Janosz will work within the Integrated Marketing Department of Moody Bible Institute as their content strategy manager, focusing primarily on researching and telling stories from across the Institute to its donors and friends. She said this job will allow her to invest more in the craft of writing. What mainly determined her decision, though, was a personal matter. She and her family are relocating to Florida to be closer to other family members for support as they care for her mother-in-law.
Looking ahead to this transition, Janosz said, “It’s scary! There is a lot of unknown; a lot of nervousness … [But] I am looking forward to it as a time of trying some new things, and shaking up my life a little bit.”
Karyn Hecht, professor of communications, said Janosz’s leaving is bittersweet. “Of course I’ll miss her — terribly,” Hecht said. “She needs to do what’s best for her family, but she will leave a gap in our department, in the administration, and among the students.”
Janosz has worked at Moody for almost 24 years, the last 16 years on faculty. She also served as the chair of the communications department from 2006-2010 as well as associate dean of student transitions. Through the years, Janosz has been highly valued and respected as a teacher and individual both among her colleagues and students.
Birgitte Windfeld, junior women’s ministry major with an interdisciplinary in communications, said, “As happy as I am to see Mrs. Janosz pursue new opportunities, I can’t help but regret losing an excellent teacher, and the good talks in her cute little office, where both venting and seeking advice were always well-received.”
Dr. Bryan O’Neal, professor of theology and dean of faculty, is one of Janosz’s long-standing friends. O’Neal said they have known each other since their Bro-Sis days almost 30 years ago. “I think her department and the faculty as a whole will notice her loss and miss her,” he said. “She is a regular and wise voice of perspective and history, and a clear communicator of her ideas.”
Nicolo Magundayao, junior communications major, said, “Her passion for helping her students achieve their maximum potential at Moody is very laudable.”
Leaving behind 16 years of teaching is not easy for Janosz. She said she loves all that Moody encompasses. What she will miss most though is the students. She said, “The students are the best part of teaching. It is not so much about the content that I’m teaching, but the relationships with the students.”
When looking back at her experience here, Janosz noted that people were always around for her, especially during tough times in her life. “Moody is home for me,” she said.