Nancy Scannell

Assistant Dean

Adjunct Instructor in English

College of Arts and Sciences 208


Professor Scannell has taught at Valparaiso University since 2002 and in the English department since 2004, after first teaching at Purdue University North Central. A distinctive feature about Valpo that she finds to be admirable is the first-year Core program. She appreciates how Core stimulates first-year students to contemplate the idea of a meaningful life while also creating a common bond.

Professor Scannell believes that the classroom should be a safe haven for discussion and discovery. She values text-related conversation and composition as avenues for thinking about  topics, developing opinions, and supporting arguments. Classes function best, in Professor Scannell’s opinion, when students and  teachers strive for a sense of community that fosters the  sharing of ideas, interpretations, and reflections.

At Valparaiso University, Professor Scannell has taught the first-year Core, Introduction to Literary Studies, technical writing, business writing, and English methods for secondary education. Among her favorite works of literature is Colum McCann’s “Let The Great World Spin,” which, she says, teaches lessons that remain relevant today. Her classroom takes into account a variety of learning styles and multiple approaches to the study of literature. Professor Scannell has published in the Illinois English Bulletin on ways to promote reading comprehension.

Professor Scannell is a runner and a triathlete. She is active in the Valparaiso Community and enjoys spending time with her husband, five children, and dog, Watson Atticus.

Professor Scannell earned her B.A. in literature at the University of Illinois and her M.S. in education at St. Xavier in Chicago.


M.S. – St. Xavier (Chicago)
B.A. – University of Illinois

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