Anne Marchant

15 Feb

A Marchant headshotI have always been curious about a lot things and have followed my nose along a very non-traditional path. (I seem to have a 5-10 year attention span.)  I have an undergraduate degree in Classics (UNH) and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies (Berkeley), but have always had an interest in technology.  There has been one constant throughout–that is my passion for undergraduate education and experiential learning.

I began my career teaching introductory Computer Science at Berkeley and later at George Mason.  I developed an interest in IT security and launched an undergraduate IT program at Mason.  Shifting gears, I worked on a joint project between Mason and Smithsonian helping to develop academic programs in Environmental Conservation.  I am now Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Shenandoah University where I can leverage all these myriad experiences to good advantage. I do faculty development and institutional assessment as well as advise on the adoption of new technologies.  I’d describe myself as a “connector of the dots.”  This is a role I especially enjoy, because these intersections create wonderful opportunities for creativity.

I’m a big believer in collaboration and partnerships, and like Alice,  try to do 6 impossible things before breakfast.  2 horses, 6 cats, and my husband the rocket scientist help me keep my balance.

I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to working with you all!

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One Response to “Anne Marchant”

  1. Lisa Spiro February 16, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Wow, I’m impressed by your wide-ranging background, Anne! I like what you say about connecting the dots and the importance of collaboration. It’s great to have you in the Studio.

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