(Magnanini, Suzanne - 2016) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy uri icon



  • Current department chair Suzanne Magnanini has been an inspiration to her colleagues, developing a classroom centered on experiential, collaborative, task-oriented exchange—in a word, conversation. Drawing inspiration from the sixteenth-century Italian writer Stefano Guazzo, she notes that conversation is a way of shaping and validating knowledge. She has inspired such conversations in classes small and large, and those exchanges are not only joyful and infectious but, more important, profoundly generative.
    Professor Magnanini has also had a profound influence in reshaping much of her department’s curriculum. Her efforts extend far across campus, to curricular initiatives that even include the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business. Her students regale her with praise: “She is the total package.” “She teaches because he loves what she teaches, and she wants to pass that love on to her students.” “Far and away my favorite professor in all my years here at CU. She inspired me to take an active role in my learning. I wish Suzanne were my professor for everything.”

year awarded

  • 2016