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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Paul Hanstedt

Professor of English
Roanoke College

Paul Hanstedt is a Professor of English at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he has worked since receiving his Ph.D. in 1996. During his tenure as Director of General Education from 2003-2008, Dr. Hanstedt led his campus in a successful curricular revision that resulted in a theme-based general education program featuring writing, quantitative reasoning, and oral communications across the curriculum. The co-recipient of a half-million dollar Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant for sustainable faculty development in general education, Dr. Hanstedt continues to help in the implementation of this model, serving as the College’s Coordinator of Faculty Development.

In 2009, Dr. Hanstedt received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year in Asia as part of a team supporting Hong Kong universities as they shifted from a three-year British system to a four-year American-style approach that includes general education programs and courses designed to meet the unique needs of the Hong Kong populace. While in Asia, he worked with over a dozen universities and community colleges in Hong Kong, Macau, and on the Mainland. Since his return to the United States, he has continued to consult with institutions abroad and also visits campuses in North America to discuss matters of general education, course design, writing, and assessment.

Dr. Hanstedt is the author of numerous articles, essays, and stories, contributing to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Modern Language Association’s Profession, the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education, and literary journals. He writes a great deal about food and travel, and regularly appears on Virginia Public Radio reading essays on anything from Winnie the Pooh to playing the accordion—which he also does, very poorly.

Dr. Hanstedt is the author of two books: Hong Konged, a memoir of his year in Asia with three kids under the age of ten, and General Education Essentials, an introduction for college faculty to current trends in liberal education.

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Paul Hanstedt


"I specialize in the disenfranchised, have done so my entire life, in the classroom, in the committee meeting, while on a Fulbright in Hong Kong, and on the pages of any number of articles and two books published during the past year I like the skeptics, the students who dont think theyll ever get this, the kids who are pretty sure the intellectual life has nothing to do with them."