Having been at Johnson State College since 1958, Bill Doyle is the college’s senior faculty member. He was the longest standing state senator in the Vermont Legislature, as well, where he served from 1969 to 2017.
Bill’s JSC classes have always stressed involvement at the local level and beyond. At the urging of a student, Bill organized a class in Canadian politics in which students traveled to Ottawa and observed the operations of the Canadian Parliament and met with Canadian officials. And each year, he leads a course called Observation of the Legislative Process, which requires students to spend two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., sitting in on committee meetings of the Vermont State Legislature.
Bill doesn’t just motivate his students to be involved politically, though — he also gets them out in the community. He had students in his Vermont History class create a video of interviews with residents of a number of Vermont counties, resulting in a unique and valuable oral history project. Bill plans to continue this project, adding a new county each time he teaches the class.