Jenny Shanahan

Jenny_Olin_ShanahanJenny Shanahan is Director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, where she oversees student grants for semester and summer projects and travel to conferences, two annual campus symposia of several hundred students’ research, and annual publication of The Undergraduate Review: A Journal of Student Research and Creative Work. In her previous position as Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Shanahan taught writing, American literature, and Great Books courses and mentored students conducting senior theses and research-based internships.

Dr. Shanahan wrote the curriculum for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Institute on Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in the Arts and Humanities; she has facilitated over a dozen CUR Institutes for faculty in the sciences, mathematics, and social sciences; and she is a CUR Councilor in the Undergraduate Research Program Directors (URPD) Division. Dr. Shanahan is co-editor of the CUR publication, Models of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity in the Arts and Humanities, and wrote chapters for two other CUR books: on integrating research in the curriculum and on administering an undergraduate research program.

Dr. Shanahan earned a Ph.D. in Literature from Marquette University, with a focus on Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, particularly Chicana/o and African American literary traditions. Her scholarship of teaching and learning is particularly focused on high-impact practices for first-generation and underrepresented college students.