Retired political science professor Dr. Cecil Eubanks has spent the past fifty-two years at LSU inspiring students with his lectures on topics of political thought and ethics.
Throughout his career, he has received several honors, the one being the “most meaningful," as he put it, was his opportunity to become an alumni professor. A yearly reward for writing about ethics named for him is also given each year.
Dr. Eubanks expressed “his calling” to educate as a cumulation of an encouraging and fascinating set of teachers, recognizing it as the full circle of college educating.
When prompted, he expressed his perspective on a "lineage of influence" that professors and students of education have and how impressionable moments can leave an impact on such students. He hopes some of the three generations of students he teaches have been impacted in this way.
His hope for impact has been exemplified with Madame Farida Guechoud, an LSU French professor and former student of Dr. Eubanks, who says she wants to bring the passion for teaching he brought in his classroom into her own.
"The way he delivers content, the way he listens, the way he cares personally about students, makes attending his class a very special experience," she said.
Despite difficulties of the past, Dr. Eubanks' ability to adapt and keep students interested at LSU will remain a key take away from his career. He left me with one message: use your time at college to get to “know yourself and the world.”
"As I a teacher, I always asked students who do you wish to be," he expressed, "for yourself, others, and the world around you. That's what university educations, I think, are best suited to accomplish."
Dr. Eubanks will still be around to instruct some graduate students and may one day return to teach a course. Keep an eye out because you may just be lucky enough to take one of his classes.