Get to Know Me: Sarah Etlinger

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

Welcome to our “Get to Know Me” feature for RVC employees! Today we are going to get to know Sarah Etlinger.

Sarah EtlingerTitle: Associate Professor


Department: Composition and Literature


Tell us a little about your job at RVC.

I teach English 101 and 103 primarily, but I also teach some literature courses. I also work in the Writing Center.


What inspires you?

Poets/novelists; activists; my parents’ past; and of course my son.


What do you like to do for fun?

Cook, read, write, travel, spend time with my family. Sometimes, I love just going for drives around Milwaukee or Wisconsin.


What was your very first job?

Other than babysitting, I worked at an antique store during the last 3 years of high school, and I loved it.


Who are your role models?

My mother, who put her family before everyone else, and her undying work ethic. In general, anyone who stands up for others’ rights.


If you are a part of any local or national clubs or boards, please share those details.

I am a member of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).


Where is your favorite place to go at RVC?

I love to stand by the bridge over the creek near ERC and CL II. There’s a small grove of trees, and the creek is not dammed. It’s lovely.


What is the best advice you have ever received?

My parents have always told me that whatever is meant to be will be, and that has stuck with me.


What’s the last good book you’ve read?

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


What’s the last good movie you have seen?

Ne Dit a Personne (Tell No One)–a French movie with English subtitles.


What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

Sherlock, The West Wing, Seinfeld, or Parks and Rec.


Who is your favorite musician, group or band?

Beatles; Goo Goo Dolls; Killers.


What is your favorite thing to eat?

Pasta. Anything pasta/noodles. (And pork belly).


Where do you like to go or what do you like to do when you have a long weekend?

Travel with my family to places we haven’t seen before, or spending a quiet few days doing fun things like exploring, shopping, picnicking, playing!


What might surprise people to learn about you?

My scholarship is on the Beatles, and one of my articles has been published in 3 languages– English, French, and Portuguese!


Finish this sentence: “There is no limit to…”

There is no limit to what we can do if we just put our mind to it!


What has been your biggest personal challenge?

Motherhood and a full-time, demanding career that I love. Keeping the balance is challenging!


What’s the next big thing coming up in your life that you are looking forward to?

Attending the Conference of College Composition and Communication in Portland, OR in March!


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