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Emeritus Faculty: John Haynes


B.A., Arizona State University

M.A., Arizona State University

M.A., Redlands University

At A Glance

Started 1969
Classes Taught College Comp I & II, College Comp II Honors, Comp & Literature, Creative Writing, English Skill Building, Intro to Literature, Introductory Comp, Literature of the Southwest, Major Issues in American Literature, Newspaper Production II, Reporting
Department Communications
Retired 1995

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Yavapai College Career

Mr. John Haynes was one of the founding faculty members in the English Department in 1969. When he first came to Yavapai and saw only literature classes in the class schedule he knew those classes alone wouldn’t meet the needs of students who would be transferring to universities. He spoke with the Dean of Instruction and the class schedule was revised to include composition courses.  He and his English Department colleagues wrote the course outlines.

Mr. Haynes taught a full-array of English courses over the course of his career at YC. He especially enjoyed teaching the literature classes and ENG 100 – Grammar and Usage. Seeing the students build their skills in ENG 100 and then go on to ENG 101 and 102 brought him great satisfaction.

He worked to improve the class offerings so that students could be successful.  For example, he petitioned the Dean of Instruction to allow a reading program to be established. He met with resistance but persisted and was eventually able to offer reading classes Monday through Friday because he knew that would provide the greatest opportunity for student improvement. Don Sieh, another English instructor approached John to help him revamp the composition classes into thinking/writing classes which they did successfully.

He and Mr. Sieh also began the first Learning Center on the Prescott Campus in 1977. They offered their office hours to any students who needed help with English assignments.

Mr. Haynes was busy in other activities on campus also. He was the Golf Coach for twelve years; four of the team members went to the national championships. Several members of the team continued on to have careers in golf.

John also was the English Department Chair for numerous years and Liberal Arts Division Chair for four years. He served on the Faculty Senate and was the Faculty Association President during President Paul Walker’s last tumultuous year here.

Committee Work:

  • Founding Faculty Association Vice President
  • The first English Department Chair
  • English Department Chair numerous times 
  • Division Chair for Liberal Arts 1974 to 1979
  • Served on Faculty Senate for many years
  • Faculty Association President 1991/92

Other Activities:

  • Representative to the Arizona College Association

Mr. Haynes retired in 1995 and was recognized as Emeritus Faculty in February, 1997.

Oral History Interview

Additional Photos

1975 Golf team. L-R, Back Row: Ronny Carr, Guy Bowman, Tom Gordan, Ben Rutherford, Marc Fordyce, Darwin James, Ron Duncun, & Mel Diethelm;
Front Row: John Haynes, Coach; Ned Stottler, John Elias, Tom Beach, & Ron Burleson.