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 will complete her Masters of Science in Digital Media from Valparaiso University in December, 2018. She is also working toward her 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 office is located in the Arts and Sciences Building Room 208, and her contact information is 219-464-5318 and

photo: 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 BA 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

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.”