Richard Chapman is, among other things, the Co-Director of the Coaching and Mentoring Program at Westminster
- What brought you to Westminster?
So I got hired as an adjunct during grad school, really liked it, met some people like John Watkins and thought Westminster would be a great place to be. Westminster called and offered to hire me – different labor market back then – as a professor and I jumped at the chance.
- Cool, so what is your day-to-day like now at work?
At work? (Laughs) So typically I check emails texts, and phone calls. Because I’m in the online programs, I have to constantly check those. And then, grading of projects is probably my number one priority in the online program. I do some teaching in the classroom but only during spring semester. After that it’s office hours, committee meetings, coaching and mentoring center meetings.
- Definitely a lot of different stuff to do. If present you could give advice to past you on your first day of working at Westminster, what would you say?
“You’re gonna love it!”
- That’s awesome. Were you apprehensive at first?
I really had trouble, so I took the job, and – between us – I cried when I took it. I was like, “I’m a phd, I’m going to end up 40 miles from where I grew up, in Orem…” And I wanted to go to the west coast, California preferably, I had dreams of travelling far, and come to find out I don’t think I could have found a better job for me.
- That’s what I’ve heard a lot of people say; that they didn’t expect to end up in Utah but Westminster just fit.
Yeah! And in hindsight, I should have been like, partying that night. It’s a great fit, I wanted to fit well at a research institution, and Westminster, one thing I love is that they’ve really allowed me a lot of flexibility. My career has been all over the map, and it’s been great.
- Yeah for sure, that’s great. What is the most obscure skill you’ve mastered? In other words, if you had to challenge your opponent to a duel you know you would win, what would it be?
Okay, probably, so this is actually more from my youth than now but it’s still probably in there; either Tolkien-lore, the books not the movies, or military history.
- Interesting. Have you ever considered going on Jeopardy?
No, because I can’t do popular media! You know, they’ll have questions about the Jersey Shore, and I’m dead; never watched it.
- True. Condiment of choice?
Hmmm, what’s the pepper sauce that I get from Tsunami? It’s a type of pepper. I should Google it real fast. I eat this way too much; I buy bottles of it and put it on my eggs every time I eat eggs. It’s habanero pepper sauce. I have that like once a day, I love it. I don’t use wasabi; I think it overpowers the sushi, so I do the habanero sauce cause it makes it spicier without changing the flavor.
- I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas, so I will definitely try that. What is your favorite place on campus?
Favorite place… the stream. I take Elizabeth there; when she was little she used to jump off into the waterfall. I try to get her to get her to do it now, and she’s like “That looks dangerous!”