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Dr. Jacquelyn Scott Lynch is a Barrett Honors Faculty Fellow and ASU alumna who has been at Arizona State University since 1992, when she took a job as a part-time receptionist while drafting a novel that takes place in the Grand Canyon. With a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Kalamazoo College, she then worked as the English Department Business Operations Manager, as the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and as a CLAS Teaching and Research Associate while earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature.
Dr. Scott's administrative leadership includes serving as Dean's Fellow for the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (January 2014 to present), chairing the Barrett Honors Faculty (2004-2007), and directing from 2007-2014 the Barrett Faculty Mentoring Program for Teaching Excellence, a program she established to help ensure the success of faculty new to teaching honors seminars at ASU. Supported by a 2002 Arizona Board of Regents Learner-Centered Education Grant, she developed and directed the Barrett Writing Center, a now permanent honors college educational resource. She represented the honors faculty on the executive committee that designed Barrett's nine-acre, 130 million dollar campus, which opened in 2009. During her time at ASU, she has served the university as the Barrett Faculty Senator and as a member of ASU's Student-Faculty Policy Committee, the Honors Faculty Council, and the Office of National Scholarship Advisement's Scholarship Review Committee. Her college and department service includes Barrett's Executive, Personnel, Admissions, Curriculum, and Faculty Search committees as well as the English department's Administrative, Development, and Graduate committees. She has spoken on effective teaching and mentoring in workshops hosted by the Graduate College, the Faculty Women's Association, the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, the Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence, and the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Since joining the honors faculty in 2001, Dr. Scott has specialized in teaching Barrett's signature interdisciplinary intellectual history seminar, The Human Event, which explores some of the major foundations of human thought and creative expression from antiquity to the present. She also teaches honors seminars on creative non-fiction, modern literature, the history of ideas, and Irish and African-American culture and identity. An advocate of undergraduate study abroad and former French Government English Teaching Assistant, she has taught eight Barrett educational travel programs in locations such as Paris, London, Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Rome, Athens, and Crete. Her scholarly work has appeared in The Edith Wharton Review, The Faulkner Journal, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, The Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature, and MELUS: the Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.
In April 2007, Dr. Scott was honored with Arizona State University’s inaugural Provost's Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching Performance. College recognitions include Barrett’s 2006 Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Service and the 2010 Barrett Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. She received the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in May 2011 and was recognized by ASU's Commission on the Status of Women with a 2014 CSW Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award. In 2015, the Associated Students of ASU named Dr. Scott a 2015 ASASU Centennial Professor for her support of undergraduate student success. She is a five-time Devils' Advocates "Apple Polisher" Faculty Appreciation honoree.