Professor Profile: Daily-Bruckner Brings Film Industry Experience To Class
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
“My life revolved around Alec Baldwin for five years.” Now that I have your attention let me present you with the six-degrees of separation from Alec Baldwin by Boston College’s own Katie Daily-Bruckner. Daily-Bruckner is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English here at BC while teaching courses like Freshman Writing Seminar, Lit Core, Studies in Narrative, and American Literary History III. Her concentration is in 21st century American Literature with a focus on post-9/11 immigrant narratives.
When asked if teaching was always what she wanted to do, Daily-Bruckner responded with a resounding “No!” She always had a passion for English and loved being educated, but never considered becoming an educator herself until she was inspired by her teachers at Columbia who convinced her that teaching was the perfect fit for her. Prior to this enlightenment, Daily-Bruckner worked for five years for Alec Baldwin’s production company where she was his personal assistant in addition to reading scripts and deciding whether or not they would be worth producing.
After this look into the film industry and realization that she would always be a New England girl, Daily-Bruckner returned to Columbia where she obtained an M.A. in psychology and education.
Daily-Bruckner considers her teaching style to be interactive and malleable as it changes class to class. When asked about her most memorable teaching experience, she recalls the very first day she taught a class. She remembers being terrified but also realizing that since it was Freshman Writing Seminar, it was also the students’ first day as well, and there was something cool about that.
“You only have one first day and to go through that with my students was a really interesting experience and, hey—we all survived.”
When asked about the students at BC Daily-Bruckner stated, “You rarely meet a student at BC who is simply concerned with themselves and that is something special about this place.”
It is clear that Daily-Bruckner loves her students and her students undoubtedly reciprocate this love. Siobhan Kelly, A&S ’15, is one of the many who sing Daily-Bruckner’s praises about her unique teaching style.
“Even when she’s lecturing, you never feel like she’s talking ‘at’ you, it’s more of a big discussion in which everyone is involved,” Kelly said. “She is energetic and passionate, and you can tell that her students excite her, which I think is one of the best qualities a professor can posses. I absolutely loved American Literary History III and a lot of that was due to her.”
One doesn’t have to look far for another student whose time in Daily-Bruckner’s classroom was memorable. Hallie Sullivan, A&S ’15, is a transfer student who took a lot more from Daily-Bruckner’s class than simply a better understanding of American literature.
“As a transfer student, I was nervous to be placed in a small classroom,” Sullivan said. “She made the classroom into a small community. I left befriending people and learning a lot about literature. It was my favorite class last semester.”
Daily-Bruckner does not just stop at the classroom—she also is the graduate assistant on the Lowell Humanities Series where her background in film comes in handy as she is familiar with the format of working with agents and establishing contracts for the people who come to lecture. She says that while she may have received her education at Columbia and BC, it is through her experiences in film and now Lowell that have provided her with life education. Her hope is that by bringing these people in to talk with students, professors, and faculty that they can impart some wisdom of how they accomplished what they did.
When asked about her favorite book she said, “That’s like picking a favorite child, it simply can’t be done. There are books that are your favorite at different parts of your life because they are inspiring you or changing you in a new way.”
In terms of her life outside of BC, she disclosed that she is addicted to the show Castle and her guilty pleasure will always be the The Real Housewives of Orange County. She loves being in nature and hiking with her two and a half-year-old son Jack, which she says now basically just consists of looking at worms. When she lived in New York her favorite activity was actually the Flying Trapeze—she said it was an amazing experience and also a great workout.
She of course loves reading, as any English major does, and also enjoys baking. Her husband Rob is a high school math teacher and basketball coach so they are always going to his games. She said while her life is busy she wouldn’t change anything about it.
Her experiences in film and her unique teaching style provide her students with an enriching experience in and outside of the classroom.
And who wouldn’t want to be taught by Alec Baldwin’s previous personal assistant?