2018-2019 Excellence In Teaching Award

Megan Sijapati, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies

Megan SijapatiSince receiving tenure, Megan has demonstrated a commitment to the kind of innovative and creative pedagogy that the JCCTL seeks to support. She has helped her students develop digital literacy skills through the creation of interactive maps of sacred sites in South Asia. As a Community Based Learning fellow, she has incorporated experiential learning into her courses, such as in-depth interaction between her students and members of a Sufi Muslim community. Last semester, Megan received support from the Mellon grant, Enlivening the Humanities, to pair her new First-Year Seminar with one taught by a colleague in the social sciences to investigate the connections between religion and conflict. In all her courses, Megan encourages students to be active learners and critical thinkers as they grapple with some of the most compelling and divisive issues of our times. Her dedication to teaching goes hand in hand with an impressive record of scholarship and service to the College. Learn more about Megan’s work.