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Leslie Mittleman, Professor Emeritus, English (1957-1998)

Les Mittleman Portrait

What years did you work at LBSC?

I worked at LBSC from 1957-1998. I taught English and now I serve as Professor Emeritus in the English Department.  I served as an adjunct professor for the Religious Studies Department in the Seventies as well.

Describe your experience at LBSC. What was one of your most memorable experiences while at LBSC?

I taught a large variety of classes. No one taught as many different classes as I did. I really tried to be as varied as possible.  I enjoyed being with colleagues who shared an aspiration for the school's success.  One of my most memorable experiences was receiving one hundred percent student satisfaction rating, on multiple occasions, for different classes.  I received a one hundred percent rating in one course titled Sex and Love in Literature, which was a course we added in the department for non-majors.  It was a very hard course and a hard course to teach, yet the students seemed to really enjoy that class.

Why did you decide to work at LBSC?

I was working on my Ph.D. while in Chicago, and Dr. Victor Peterson, the first president at LBSC, was there recruiting for his relatively new university. I had my eye on teaching at UCLA; however he personally offered me the job and so I took a chance on Long Beach State. I ended up teaching there for forty-one years.

Do you still stay connected to the University? If so how?

I stay in touch with some former faculty members and we visit from time to time. I also serve as Professor Emeritus in the English Department.  Along with that, I still teach on campus with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Olli) on a voluntary basis.  Olli was established here at CSULB with the support of an extraordinary foundation called the Bernard Osher Foundation.

What do you do today?

As I mentioned I am teaching with Olli, which allows retired faculty to continue to pursue their academic endeavors on a high level.  Olli serves older students, fifty plus years and older, that want to learn and love knowledge.   The program offers classes in art, music, and computers.  This summer I will be teaching courses on Shakespeare’s sonnets.  It is remarkable because nowhere else could I dedicate an entire section of teaching on just one sonnet.  There is no pressure of grades or tests; I just get to teach, which is what I love to do.  I am really proud of the service Olli is able offer.

 

Leslie Mittleman with the Hillel College Counselorship in 1964.

Leslie Mittleman with the Hillel College Counselorship in 1964.

 

Leslie Mittleman ( front row 3rd from right) with the English Department, 1961.

Leslie Mittleman (front row 3rd from right) with the English Department in 1961.

 

Leslie Mittleman (front row 3rd from right) with the Hillel Counselorship, serving as Faculty Advisor.

Leslie Mittleman (front row 3rd from right) with the Hillel Counselorship, serving as Faculty Advisor.

 

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