Listened so intently

From Professor James Cook (sociologist!):

I remember Jill Rubinson best from a day when I was having particular trouble as a young faculty member at UMA. I was feeling troubled and misunderstood about an issue at work. Jill welcomed me into her office and listened so intently; I knew this not just because of her compassionate non-verbal communication, but because she asked such astute questions. They were real questions, critical questions, hard questions, thoughtful questions. They were very helpful in guiding me to a place where I saw the issue in a different light, a better light. Jill Rubinson simultaneously educated and elevated me that day, and I saw her perform the same feat with others multiple times before she retired. Jill Rubinson educated and elevated UMA, and I suspect she did the same every other place she went. I miss her.

 

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