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Megan Munson-Warnken is an assistant professor at Champlain College and the David F. Finney Endowed Chair for the Future of Professional Education through the fall semester of 2019. The endowed chair position means she bridges the Core and Education and Human Studies, has two offices (one with an incredible view of the lake), and works to physically and philosophically integrate the divisions. Megan teaches interdisciplinary first-year courses and education courses in subjects ranging from Content Literacy to Service Learning. She also develops literature courses of interest to students across the college, such as "Beyond Harry Potter: The Complex Worlds of Young Adult Literature" and "Adaptation: From Narrative to Film."
Megan is particularly interested in the experience of first-year students as they negotiate the transition from high school to college. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Megan developed "Champ Guides" with faculty and staff from across the college, a peer-to-peer mentorship program that pairs first-year students with sophomores and juniors in the majors. She works closely with faculty and staff across the campus to think about the first-year experience and ways of integrating the teaching of writing across the curriculum.
Megan received a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Washington and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the influence of identity, in particular understandings of gender identity, on the willingness to read of adolescent readers. Her research has been published in The Reading Teacher and she regularly presents her work at the Literacy Research Association's annual conference.
When not teaching, thinking about teaching or holding office hours, Megan spends time practicing yoga with her husband at a Burlington yoga studio (founded by a former Champlain student!), gardening while her youngest trampolines, skiing with her middle son, cheering like crazy at the soccer and basketball games of her eldest two or reading a good YA novel quietly in the rare Vermont sunshine.