DWC Associate Professor Molly Scanlon named finalist for STUEY award
Nominated for Professor of the Year award
In March 2018, Department of Writing and Communication Associate Professor of Writing Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., was announced as a finalist for Professor of the Year as part of NSU’s 20th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards.
Known as the STUEYS, the NSU Student Life Achievement Awards are an annual celebration of “NSU’s Best and Brightest” faculty, students, staff and alumni.
“When I received the nomination I was taken aback,” Scanlon said. “I think teaching is the best job in the world, so to be acknowledged for my efforts, for doing what I love, was just icing on the cake. I was incredibly humbled, because I am surrounded by incredible colleagues in my department, my college and across the university.”
Scanlon teaches undergraduate composition courses and the university’s First-Year Experience course. She also teaches research methods and design for the department’s M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. Her research focuses on comics studies/visual rhetoric, faculty professional identity construction and ExEL professional development in higher education.
In addition to serving as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Writing and Communication within NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Scanlon serves as the faculty coordinator for the First-Year Experience course, UNIV 1000. She also serves as the faculty adviser for Digressions, the university’s student-run literary magazine, and for Campus Cursive, the NSU affiliate of More Love Letters.
Through mindfulness and “fierce authenticity,” Scanlon strives to build community in her classrooms and create safe spaces for learning through a continuous improvement mindset, she said. Her office collection of flying pigs serves as a reminder to her students that anything is possible.
“Everyone has a story about a teacher that touched their lives, a mentor who helped them succeed,” Scanlon said. “That’s what the flying pigs are about: nothing is impossible; we just think it is. I want every student to realize the potential that lies within.”
STUEYS finalists are first nominated by NSU students, staff, or faculty members. Following their nomination, finalists are selected by the Student Life Achievement Awards Nomination Committee, which is composed of cross-functional professionals from NSU’s colleges, centers, schools and departments.
“I am so pleased with Dr. Scanlon’s well deserved recognition,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Writing and Communication. “She is a great teacher, scholar and colleague who infuses her work with dedication and enthusiasm.”
NSU’s 20th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards took place on Tuesday, March 27, in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center.
View the full list of the 2018 STUEYS nominees here. To learn more about Scanlon, visit her faculty profile here.