School of Arts and Communication is home to some dynamic and interesting professors, including Melissa Crofton, Ph.D.
Here, she shares some fun facts about herself.
- I used to be a respiratory therapist before I went back to school to pursue my B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. I met my husband on the job, where he happened to tell one of his patients that I was going to be his wife, even though I didn’t know it yet.
- I almost got locked in the Folger Shakespeare Library (located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.) when I had a fellowship there in 2009. I had to go down to the stacks to get a book and I had never been there before. I opened up a door that definitely wasn’t to the stacks and it shut before I could stop it. It was late on a Saturday night, and the library is closed on Sundays.You weren’t allowed to bring your phones into the library, so I could have been stuck there until someone found me (if someone found me) on Monday. I was absolutely frantic because every door I tried to open was locked. Moreover, I was horrified that I would set off an alarm and get caught for doing nothing—except for being stupid.
- I’m absolutely terrified of flying, though I won’t let it prevent me from taking vacations. I think my fear of flying came from the year I had my fellowship, since I had to fly to D.C. once a month.
- I used to be a cheerleader, and I had some totally awesome BIG hair. I can also still do the splits.
- I name my pets after my interests. I’ve had two springer spaniels named Hamlet and Ophelia, two birds named William and Kate, and we currently have a long-haired dachshund named Marlowe. I almost named him Dante, but I thought he looked more like a Marlowe when we met him.
You can learn more about Dr. Crofton, master medievalist here.