Saint Leo University employs a number of full-time and adjunct professors across its many academic degree programs. Many of these instructors are military veterans and can bring a unique perspective to the classroom thanks in part to their military service and experiences while serving both stateside and around the world.
In this episode of the Saint Leo 360 podcast, Frank Hernandez, an adjunct instructor and U.S. Air Force veteran, joined the conversation to talk about:
- His childhood growing up in a Puerto Rican family in New York City
- Why he decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force and why it took him four times to finally be accepted in 1979 at age 19
- The various posts he was stationed at around the U.S.
- His role with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI)
- One of his deployments to a classified location in the Middle East
- The epidemic of veteran suicide (22 per day in the U.S.)
- The importance of asking for help if veterans are struggling with their mental health
- The many benefits of military service, including the current post-9/11 G.I. Bill
- Why he came to Saint Leo University for his higher education
- How he, his wife, and his daughter have all taught at Saint Leo University
- How he engages with his students, including how he has dressed up in costumes
- Winning the Professor of the Year Award from the Student Government Union (SGU) and beating out his wife, Rachel, for this award
Listen to Episode 17 of the Saint Leo 360 podcast with Saint Leo University adjunct instructor Frank Hernandez here.
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