Mike Federspiel is currently the youngest adjunct professor employed by the University of Dubuque. Federspiel was born and raised in Peosta and attended Cascade Jr./Sr. High School.
Federspiel’s journey to the University of Dubuque (U.D.) began in the fall of 2016, after he transferred from Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. After transferring, he decided to major in communications at U.D.
During his years at U.D, Federspiel was an honors student and maintained a high GPA while taking a credit-heavy course schedule. He said that during the summer of 2017, he came to the realization that he needed and wanted to be in higher education. That year, he was enrolled in a course called “Future Education,” where every other day he would drive to Cascade Elementary and work in a fourth-grade class as a teacher’s assistant.
He became a graduate assistant for U.D. in Spring 2018, and began teaching his first speech communication class. During the summer of 2018, he also signed a contract to become an adjunct professor for the University of Dubuque at just 22 years of age.
In May, Federspiel received his master’s degree in communication, earning a 4.0 GPA. Now at 23, he is currently employed by NICC as library specialist. As the library specialist, Federspiel assists students and patrons who are looking for information, books and resources that the NICC library offers.
Federspiel knows that teaching is his passion. “I just love to do it. A lot of my mentors are my college professors, and I just want to be able to do for others, what they have done for me.”
He also said that he truly enjoys teaching, and that he puts 110% into everything that he does. He wants to be able to help students succeed and loves to watch them grow, as they apply the skills that he has taught them in their real-world lives.
Federspiel keeps a close relationship to all current members of the communications department at the University of Dubuque.
“The communications department is my family. They took me under their wing and helped me to prosper in my academic career. I credit them with a vast majority of the success that has come into my life,” he said.
“I’m also extremely thankful for my mother and my family for always being there for me and have always voiced their support when I needed it the most,” he added.
Federspiel said that he also tries to exemplify joy at all times while teaching. “You have to love what you do, because if that’s the case, you honestly never work a day in your life.”