From the field to the classroom
For as long as she can remember, Retha Hill loved school. She loved learning new things and being able to share them with the world. Later, Hill grew passionate about writing. She embraced this passion and, after graduating from college, began her professional career as a reporter for The Washington Post.
As the journalistic landscape evolved, so did Hill. She was one of the founding editors of the online division of the newspaper, WashingtonPost.com. Hill then became the founding vice president of Black Entertainment Television’s interactive division and site, a major cable channel owned by Paramount Media Networks. While working these full-time positions, she continued to freelance and run her own business.
Hill made the decision to leave her East Coast friends and family behind to work at Arizona State University. Hill was drawn to ASU for its innovative reputation.
“It was clear from talking to people that ASU would be a place that's moving with the speed of innovation and that was very attractive to me. So I came out here with my son and it's been a wonderful ride. I don't regret it for one moment. It's been everything that I thought it would be and more,” Hill said.
Today, Hill is a professor of practice for immersion students and at ASU Online, doing what she loves and providing her students with the connections needed to succeed.
"A professor of practice is a professor who doesn't necessarily have a PhD, but instead has years and years of experience in the field in which we're teaching," Hill explained. "[Professors of practice] still have connections back in the industry, so when a student is looking for an internship or thinking about going to one place versus another, it's quite realistic that I have a contact there, or I know someone who knows someone who's at a place.”