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Associate Dean to Advance Teacher Training

January 10, 2014

Vanessa Ryan is named Associate Dean, announced Peter M. Weber, Dean of the Graduate School. An Assistant Professor of English at Brown, Dr. Ryan began her appointment on January 1 and is focusing on graduate student teaching and pedagogy. Read more.

She will collaborate with doctoral programs in preparing graduate students for teaching, helping to define the best pedagogical practices needed by teaching assistants and to develop the learning objectives, paths of progression, and capstone experiences for graduate students across the disciplines. She will provide assistance to programs in refining or augmenting teaching curricula and constructive feedback mechanisms. As such, this new position will help to promote the distinctive nature of graduate education at Brown, as envisioned by Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown. Dr. Ryan will serve as the liaison to the Office of the Dean of the College and the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Ryan comes to us from the English Department, where she is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in 19th-century British literature and culture. Her work centers on debates over the status of literature and humanistic inquiry in relation to other forms of knowledge.

Before coming to Brown in 2007, Dr. Ryan was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. For Spring 2009, she was Research Forum Mellon Foundation Visiting Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. For the last three years, she has been a Fellow at the National Forum for the Future of Liberal Education, an initiative sponsored by the Teagle Foundation, where she was engaged in considering the significance and future of the liberal arts in higher education today. Most recently, she has been awarded a Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship for 2013-2014. She also coordinated TEDxBrownUniversity: Life, Learning, and Liberal Education in October 2012.

Dr. Ryan received the Ph.D. from Yale University in 2004, and her A.B. from Harvard College in 1997.