Drew faculty. To their students they are teachers, mentors, debaters, advisers, collaborators, and friends. “Small classes and close mentoring relationships between students and faculty” is more than a tagline at Drew; it’s a long-standing hallmark and a true point of distinction. In this season of gratitude, we offer sincere thanks to Drew faculty past and present, a group like no other. Here, a few highlights in a sea of treasures by the people who know best: their students.

jbJim Bazewicz

Professor of theatre arts

“Baz is one of the kindest and most caring professors I have ever known. During the short-term London program, he gave my friends and me so much advice about the city, and even gave us his old A to Z book. He also helps sell his daughters’ Girl Scouts cookies, which have personally given me life during times of stress at school.” —Michelle Kim C’16

fcFred Curtis

Professor of economics and environmental studies and sustainability

“Fred Curtis is an incredible professor, but an even better mentor. He is always willing to go above and beyond for the students, whether or not he is their adviser. If you need help, he’ll lend his hand. You haven’t had the full Drew experience until you take a course with Professor Curtis. He embodies the spirit of Drew. ” —Matthew Gragnano C’14

leLillie Edwards

Professor of history and African-American studies

“An adviser is supposed to guide, but Lillie did so much more. She guided, but she also advocated for me. She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She always told me that I would be her colleague. And now that I’m pursuing my PhD, I know that one day I will be.” —Miya Carey C’11

mjdMelanie Johnson-DeBaufre

Associate professor of New Testament and early Christianity

“Melanie is an inspired pedagogue and phenomenal mentor to her students. Her engagement with students goes beyond coaching and encouraging to deep and critical conversations that reach students where they are and push them to edges of what they thought was possible. I am grateful for her work on my dissertation committee, where she thoughtfully responded to my work with feedback that fostered creative ideas.” —Amy Jones T’14

rkRoger Knowles

Professor of neuroscience

“It was a privilege working with Dr. Knowles in the Drew Summer Science Institute, researching the relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. I am grateful for his unyielding support and approachable manner. Dr. Knowles created a hands-on, stimulating, and challenging learning experience, setting the stage for my future neuroscience research.” —Brianna Donofrio C’17

wkWendy Kolmar

Professor of English and women’s and gender studies

“As soon as I started my first-year seminar on the female Bildungsroman with Wendy Kolmar, I knew I was in exactly the right place. I had read some of the books in high school and had dreamed of having such an open, supportive, encouraging environment in which to discuss and dissect them. I grew to rely on that support and encouragement from Wendy.” —Carolin Collins C’98

elEdye Lawler G’79,’81

Former dean of educational services; professor emerita of German

“As my adviser, Edye Lawler challenged me in a kind and supporting but also intellectually rigorous way. She made me work, and she made me want to be better.” —Douglas Schneller C’84

jpJim Pain T’54,’55

Henry and Annie M. Pfeiffer Professor of Religion; former Caspersen dean

“Drew has had its share of giants, and Jim Pain must be on that list. A universal scholar who profoundly influenced my work, Jim has made a career of helping all of us make sense out of things.” —Barry Fenstermacher C’69

rrRobert Ready

Dean, Caspersen School

“Bob has a passion for the humanities, especially the classics, and transmits that passion to his students. As dean, he has been accessible and approachable. As my adviser, Bob has been invaluable. I have had several SOS meetings with him, and each time he has calmed my nerves, given me hope, and inspired me to move forward in a clear and proactive direction.” —Samara Grossman, DLitt candidate

jtJ. Terry Todd

Associate professor of American religious studies

“Dr. Todd has the gift of turning the sometimes almanac-like nature of history into memorable narratives that transform the way we see our individual ministries. I hope to bring his method of pedagogy into my classroom one day.” —Rochelle McSam, MA candidate

jwJohn Warner

Professor emeritus of English

“John Warner was the perfect quintessential Drew professor.” —Thomas Doremus C’68


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