Teaching Excellence

 Vanessa Warne

A gifted teacher and researcher in the department of English, Vanessa brings an enthusiasm to the classroom that is infectious. The recipient of a Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2007 and the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, Vanessa is known for her interdisciplinary approach and encouragement of students to take risks and reach their own conclusions.

"I have a lot of respect for teachers who are candid about the limits of their own knowledge and who provide students with a model of open-mindedness and inquisitiveness. Creating a safe and collegial environment, one in which students know that their contributions will be carefully considered and enthusiastically welcomed, is also important."