The Award for Distinguished Teaching

FlynnThe Award for Distinguished Teaching, given each year at Commencement, is the highest honor our faculty can bestow. This year’s recipient, Prof. Suzanne Johnson Flynn, began teaching in the English department in 1990. Citing her scholarly work in Victorian literature and service as “one of Gettysburg College’s most committed citizens,” the award celebrated Flynn’s “unquenchable curiosity” and “dynamic and charismatic presence in the classroom.” Her courses “reflect her enthusiasms, which are inevitably contagious among her students, who are themselves center stage. Suzanne insists that they contribute to the class every day, and before even arriving, students electronically submit comments about the day’s reading assignment. Suzanne engages all of them in dialogue about what they have submitted, complicating and deepening the textual investigation over the course of the class meeting. In short, though demanding, Suzanne has a special talent for drawing students into the world that has preoccupied her — perhaps because students understand that she sets the same high standard for herself that she sets for students.”

Let us know if your fond memories include a post-Thomas Hardy Senior Seminar screening of Tess of the D’Urbervilles in Flynn’s home, a field trip to see Pre-Raphaelite art in Delaware or in the Tate Gallery, or a semester in the London-Lancaster program. Share your stories on the College’s Facebook page or by emailing

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Tue, 4 Sep 2012

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