Exploratory Studies Professors

Nancy Scannell

Nancy Scannell has been an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences since July 1, 2009. She also serves as the Director of the Exploratory Program, and she has been teaching GS 150 Exploratory Studies since 2013. She has taught in the freshman Core and in the English Department. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and her Masters of Arts in Education from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She completed her M.S. in Digital Media from Valparaiso University in December 2018. She is working toward the Accredited Coaching Certification through the International Coaching Federation.

Dean Scannell oversees the advising for Exploratory students, and she loves guiding students toward people, readings, and resources that will help students discover their interests, talents, and vocations. She takes joy in connecting students with faculty, staff and community members who can help students on their academic journeys. She has worked at Valparaiso University since 2003. Her email address is nancy.scannell@valpo.edu.

Allison Urbanczyk has been an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences since September 2018. She holds an A.A. in Chemistry with distinction, B.A. in Mathematics, and Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Northwest. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University. Dean Urbanczyk advises students, including those with Exploratory and Individualized programs. She also coordinates academic advising and serves as the college’s information technology liaison. She has worked at Valparaiso University since 2012. Her office is located in the Arts and Sciences Building (ASB) Room 210.

Email: allison.urbanczyk@valpo.edu

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Anna Stewart

Anna Stewart serves as Assistant Dean in Christ College–the interdisciplinary honors college–and was formerly an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Stewart is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a B.A. in English and Spanish, and she completed her master’s and doctorate in American literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Dean Stewart’s office is located in Mueller Hall, and she can be reached through Anna.Stewart@valpo.edu.

Dean Stewart states, “I love the wide-ranging curiosity of a student who wants to learn both broadly and deeply, and that is the gift of an exploratory student. He or she is open to a world of new ideas and possibilities, and eager to find academic paths that will cultivate them. It is exciting to be a mentor on that journey.”