2007 Recipient of the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching

Assistant Professor of Drama/Speech Ellen Gabrielleschi

The Clarke College Board of Trustees established the Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching in honor of former President Meneve Dunham. A review committee of faculty and students recommends the selected recipient to the president.

Gabrielleschi has been at Clarke for over 28 years and in that time her teaching has been nothing but exemplary. She is actively involved in Clarke’s Cornerstone program and is involved in almost every major event on campus. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Memphis State University and a master of fine arts degree from The Ohio University.

One student wrote:

“Ellen is seemingly a staunch supporter of the philosophy ‘learn by doing.’ We are often given a project or quandary to solve. The reason we are able to deal with these quandaries is because she has not only taught us the basics we need to know, but has provided us with the courage to tackle the situations head-on.”

In her letter of recommendation, a former student commented:

“When I first started this letter, I knew that it would be easy to write about why I think Ellen deserves this award. What I didn’t know was how choked up I would get talking about someone I truly admire. I believe that the attitude I have about going out in the world and trying to do something great comes from her.”

A faculty colleague said:

“Ellen is positive, creative, willing to go the extra mile, great with students, generous and caring toward her friends, fun, gives good advice, is supportive of all departmental activities and is loyal and constructive as she represents the college. I can think of no one whom I would rather have by my side, both as a teacher and artist, as we face the constant challenges of a changing college environment.”

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