Michael Hales, a business law professor at BYU-Idaho, has gained a reputation around campus for his tweets.
A native of Redondo Beach, California, Hales earned his bachelor’s degree at BYU then obtained his law degree from the University of San Diego. Hales began teaching for BYU-I online while he was practicing corporate law in Orlando, Florida.
“When I was in Florida, I was working at a business firm, and I just wanted to make something else into it, so I started teaching for BYU-I online,” Hales said. “And it quickly became my favorite thing.”
Hales made a name for himself on campus through his unique approach to teaching and the strong influence he has on his students. Hales strives to achieve these goals by filling his office fridge with drinks for his class and being an approachable teacher.
“For me, that’s super rewarding,” Hales said. “I remember being a student and being freaked out about what I was going to do with my life and I had a teacher help me with that.”
Hales’ personal Twitter account has served as another way for his students to find inspiration for their classwork.
“A lot of my students were having a difficult time coming up with something to write about,” Hales said. “So that’s why I started my Twitter page.”
Hales will sometimes throw in a funny tweet to break up some of the more serious articles.
“I will tweet to my class the Florida man stories,” Hales said. “Just like the most bizarre things that ever happen or tend to happen in Florida.”
Hales loves being able to help his students with either school or job advice when they are feeling anxious or stressed.
“My secret talent is helping people get jobs,” Hales said. “Last semester, 10 people came in for help getting a job and I was able to get the connections that got them jobs.”
While Hales admits he has some weaknesses, such as accidentally spitting on his students in the front row, he likes to think that his strengths outweigh his weaknesses.