Phillip Carey’s Many Passions
By Quanisha Collins
Phillip Carey, a criminal justice professor at North Carolina A&T State University, is more than just a teacher. Carey wears many hats as an attorney, teacher and student.
Carey received his bachelor’s degree in history and sociology from Atlantic Union College and later earned with his juris doctorate at the University of Tennessee.
From a young age, Carey knew that he wanted to be a lawyer; however, he always envisioned himself practicing corporate law. After practicing corporate law, he found that it was not all that he thought it would be. Carey shadowed a friend who practiced criminal law and fell in love. In fact, criminal law is what brought the young attorney to Greensboro.
“I like [teaching], I’ve always liked it,” says Carey, adding that is what led him to A&T. While working in Greensboro, Carey heard that the university was looking for someone to teach criminal procedure, applied for the job and has been here since 2007.
Like in any profession, the professor has his dislikes about his job. Students need to be engaged in their learning, “It’s difficult to get some of them to read independently outside of class. It makes the discussion hard in class because they don’t have enough background to really ask more advanced questions,” he says. Read more