NerdScholar.com, a financial literacy website for college students, features Saint Mary's January Term professor Jennie Durant in its "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire" spotlight on exceptional professors. The first in a annual feature that profiles professors who’ve made a lasting impact on recent college graduates, 40 Under 40 highlights inspirational teachers from across the nation.
Durant '99, MFA '06, who has taught Jan Term courses on food and travel writing for several years, said she was honored to be nominated for the 40 Under 40 feature. An Integral program alumnus and graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in sustainable food systems at U.C. Berkeley.
According to NerdScholar, the 40 inspirational professors were nominated based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, desire to interact with students outside of class and collaborate on research projects. Nominations were collected through student and faculty recommendations, articles such as the Princeton Review’s Best Professors list and other pieces highlighting universities with outstanding professors, supplemented by crowd-sourced review sites such as RateMyProfessors and CourseRank. Read the 40 Under 40 profile of Jennie Durant.