The College of Arts & Sciences is very pleased to announce that the winner of the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence for 2016 is Dr. Debra Rosenthal, Associate Professor of English.
Debra Rosenthal received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1995, and specializes in 19th and 20th-century literature, African American literature, women’s literature, alcohol in literature, and environmental literature. The selection committee considers Rosenthal an exceptional teacher-scholar, who artfully balances passion for her subject matter with compassion for the students in her classrooms. As one student notes, “I feel Dr. Rosenthal has exceeded my expectations in creating a multifaceted learning environment. Her Socratic teaching method allows students to spear head the discussion, picking apart from the readings what stood out to them the most. Dr. Rosenthal’s role is crucial in helping to develop our ideas and push us to new points of understanding. She often opens each class advertising the amazing events that are happening on campus that are relevant to the material we are learning within the confines of the classroom. When we are unable to take excursions outside of the classroom to receive firsthand experience, Dr. Rosenthal brings the outside world to us. Through her wealth of knowledge, experience living in different countries, pictures, artifacts, etc., she connects our reading to larger ideas, making them more accessible.” An alumnus lauded Rosenthal’s ability to create “an environment where it was safe to discuss and grapple with tough topics, particularly issues of race, class, gender, and equity.” Rosenthal is described by her recommenders as dedicated, challenging, supportive, responsive, and innovative in her pedagogy.
Please congratulate Dr. Rosenthal on receiving this well-deserved award!