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Published May 13, 2019
Allison Gernant, a lecturer and faculty coordinator with the University of Wyoming’s Learning Resource Network (LeaRN), has been named the next First-Year Seminar (FYS) coordinator.
Gernant will begin her duties May 20. She succeeds David Bray, who served in the position for the past year. Bray has accepted a position in Austin, Texas.
“In the past year, David has developed a true faculty learning community around strengthening First-Year Seminar curriculum. His wisdom and leadership will be sorely missed,” says April Heaney, LeaRN director. “We look forward to welcoming Allison’s extensive experience and talent to discussions of FYS at UW.”
The FYS program is designed to engage new students immediately in the college academic experience, help in the transition from high school and give them the skills they need to succeed -- including critical and creative thinking, inquiry and analysis, and writing and speaking proficiency.
Gernant, who also is an assistant lecturer in the UW Department of English, joined LeaRN in 2016. She has taught a wide range of communication, rhetoric and composition courses, and first-year seminars. Additionally, she has served as a faculty mentor for writing instructors in both the Department of English and LeaRN.
Her previous experience includes working as a Wyoming migrant school teacher, a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua and an English as a second language (ESL) faculty member at Laramie County Community College.
At UW, she has received the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for “Courageous Community Collaboration,” the Promoting Intellectual Engagement Award and the Fred Slater Award for Teaching Excellence.