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Roanoke recognizes exemplary faculty

  • Roanoke recognizes exemplary faculty

  • 05/08/13
  • Salem, Va. - Two Roanoke College professors were recognized recently for teaching and professional success.

    Dr. Virginia Stewart, an associate professor of English, received the annual Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award, while Dr. Monica Vilhauer, associate professor of philosophy, received the biennial Exemplary Professional Achievement Award.

    Much of Vilhauer's professional success in the past several years has involved the publication of her work.

    Her first book was "Gadamer's Ethics of Play: Hermeneutics and the Other," which examines ethical dimensions of understanding. Also, a keynote address that she presented at a conference in 2011, called "The Game of Understanding: Dialogue Play and Opening to the Other," was selected for publication as a chapter in the book, "The Philosophy of Play."

    She is in the process of writing a new book about the role of desire in philosophy and the good life. Its title will be "Socrates the Love Doctor: Philosophic Therapy in Ancient Greece."

    One person who nominated Vilhauer for the College's professional award said she "represents my vision of a teacher/scholar-someone who values both her and her students' continuing education."

    Before Vilhauer began teaching at Roanoke more than five years ago, she earned her master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from The New School for Social Research in New York City. In her time at Roanoke, Vilhauer has advanced from being a visiting assistant professor to an associate professor of philosophy.

    Stewart has been an assistant and now an associate professor in Roanoke's English Department since 1991. She earned her master's degree and doctorate in English from the University of Iowa.

    One student said Stewart is an "example of someone who is passionate about what she teaches and her students."

    Another commented about the ways that she genuinely cares about her students' lives, including inviting them to her house for homemade lasagna dinners.

    "She comes into class with such enthusiasm for the subject that I could not help but fall in love with some of the writers and stories," said another student nominator. "She is incredibly passionate, not just about the literature she teaches but also about teaching. She goes above and beyond her job as a professor."

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.
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