April 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

Fredette Named University Professor, Will Teach ‘Comics and Superheroes’

Dr. Jennifer Fredette, portrait

Dr. Jennifer Fredette

Excerpted from Compass

Dr. Jennifer L. Fredette, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was one of four Ohio University faculty members who received the University Professor award during the 47th annual awards ceremony on April 12.

The University Professor award recognizes outstanding teaching at the university. Since its founding in 1970, the program has recognized more than 200 professors for their teaching excellence.

Each honored faculty receives a monetary stipend and the opportunity to teach a course of their choosing as a means of enriching the undergraduate curriculum.

“I honestly cannot think of another thing that embodies the best of OHIO’s teaching professors and their students as our peerless University Professor award program does,” said Tim Vickers, director of the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Fredette’s proposed course, “Comics and Superheroes,” will follow different eras of superhero comics, tracing the development of America’s place on the world stage, as well as contemporaneous political debates about the meaning of Americanness and the definition of a good citizen.

“It was an absolute joy to be interviewed by the students that make up the award committee,” Fredette said. “It was clear they think about the classroom as a community engaged in something challenging and at times even intimidating, but hopefully ultimately rewarding. A great example of OHIO students at their best.”

Read about all four University Professors in Compass.

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