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Lori Blanc

Lori Blanc
Virginia Tech

Lori Blanc is an assistant professor of Practices within the Department of Biological Sciences and the director of Virginia Tech's Da Vinci Living Learning Communality, which houses undergraduates in biological and life sciences. She believes that if she is truly committed to empowering students through education then she must prioritize their opportunities for learning over her own perceived "success." Blanc leads students to realize their potential and identify strengths through continuous reflection on experience. She intentionally designed the class activities to promote a sense of reflection and connection to the university, which is particularly important for first-year students. Her innovative teaching practice is illustrated by the integration of multiple high impact and effective educational practices into the Successful Starts in Science first-year seminar sequence. Blanc fosters diversity and global perspectives within community engagement, as well as immerses her students in an educational environment that supports innovation, ideation, and collaboration over competition. Her openness to new instructional strategies provide evidence that she is intentionally and genuinely focused on student learning, particularly that of first-year students, in the course.

 

 

 

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