Thanks to Howard Mandel and Laurie Dapice for honoring me as a 2019 Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) Jazz Hero.
Thanks to Brian Zimmerman, Digital Editor of Jazziz Magazine for presenting the award. Thanks to Marika Guyton for organizing the award ceremony. Photos: Gregory Reed
Thanks to Old Dillard Foundation for partnering with Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. for this program
The universe provides. Last week I got the news that the Speech class I taught for 3 years is moving online, leaving me without income in June-July. I cried. I felt helpless. However, as things always go, I have the opportunity to teach 3 classes at PBSC in Palm Beach Gardens, starting May 15, through the summer.
THE day I defended my dissertation was March 21, 2017 @ 5:08 p.m. That was the day I became Dr. Joan Renee Cartwright. It is different for sure being Dr. Cartwright, being addressed as Dr. Cartwright, being done at Northcentral University in Arizona, online.
One of the committee members asked what I will do next. Aside from managing
this is how I feel and see my future
Teaching Public Speaking for the past year has convinced me that the classroom is my new stage. Therefore, I am open also to teaching Business Marketing and Ethics.
Let’s talk transition and reinvention! This week, I transitioned from being a musician (63 years in total, 40-year career) to reinventing myself as Professor Cartwright, teaching Speech Communications at Southeastern College in West Palm Beach, FL to 10 students (3 were absent). The 7 in attendance had a ball (must be the entertainer in me)! The 4-hour class ended on a high note with each of the 7 stating what they learned from the first class. I asked them if they thought the 3 absentees missed anything and they replied, tumultuously, “They miss a LOT!” So, my first night class (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.) was a huge success! I am excited about my new career as a professor. I believe I have a lot to give students and that I can make their learning experience rich and worthwhile. Many night students have families and day jobs and are pretty worn by the time they come to class. My goal is to have them leave my class on an upbeat that will catapult them into the next day with new ideas and fresh insights. All in all, my first class was FABULOUS!
Today, February 29, 2016, Professor Cartwright officially begins her journey as a college professor at Southeastern College in West Palm Beach, Florida, teaching Speech Communications or The Art of Public Speaking.
Having been a professional performer for over 40 years, Professor Cartwright has presented papers at several conferences on women’s music and the history of Jazz and Blues. She has toured in 19 countries as a vocalist and published 11 books.
Once her doctoral dissertation Women in Jazz: Music Publishing and Marketing is completed and accepted by Northcentral University, Professor Cartwright plans to continue lecturing and teaching business courses at various institutions. Her expected date of graduation is January 2017. Until that time, she will teach at SEC during the months of March, July, and November.