“I like to learn,” Holloway said. “I learn new things all the time.”
Issues of today also come up occasionally for discussion. His syllabus has evolved to include the legality and impact of the “Affordable” Health Care Act.
What will spark the greatest debates in his classes is never known. Freedom of Speech cases often spark the most heated discussions.
To be eligible for the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, he had to be nominated by his department. The award was presented to him on April 11.
As he’s been able to build a syllabus, the job has taken less of his time. This flexibility allows him to ensure he has time with his family.
“The job of professor is pretty good at getting balance,” Holloway said.
With his mother recently moving to Omaha, he does not come back to Knoxville as much as he used to. To Holloway, Knoxville, which is still home to several of his friends, Knoxville is a good example of the small, friendly Iowa town.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He writes for his job, and he is also working on his first book, based upon the political thoughts of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Both served under President George Washington, and often disagreed.
When asked if he thought the divide between Democrats and Republicans of today will ever be resolved or tempered, he does not think it will happen for a while.
“I think about that a lot,” he said. “It’s really an ongoing question.”